Afterlife With Archie #8

It’s been a while since we’ve seen an problem of Afterlife With Archie, the zombies-attack-Riverdale title that contains “mature content” as well as only offers in direct market comic stores. problem #7 came out in December, as well as that type of delay quite much kills the suspense — although since it’s mainly “who’s going to get eaten next?” it’s not a fatal strike to the series. (The original timing is likewise alluded to in this issue’s mentions of it being Christmastime.)

Most of this problem is all flashback, anyway, framed with homages as well as copies of other horror stories. The very first line cribs Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, as well as the setting is right out of The Shining, as Jughead plays root-beer bartender to Archie as they suggest over whether Cheryl killed her twin sibling Jason or killed the zombie that killed Jason. (The movie recommendation is made much more explicit on the variant cover, which is a drawing of Jack Nicholson from the film with “Here’s Juggy!” written underneath.)

While writer Roberto Aguiree-Sacasa sticks with the familiar to lend his tale depth (and acknowledges his references on the letter page), Francesco Francavilla’s art is as weirdly off-kilter as ever. It’s odd, however great for the horror story, to see America’s preferred teens (as the tagline utilized to go) treated more realistically than they have in decades, as well as the orange-and-blue color plan reinforces the “this is just wrong” feel that permeates the book on several levels. especially since much of the problem is about exactly how these youngsters have lost their innocence as well as have to grow up, a style reinforced on the last page with Archie’s new decision.

As the little band of survivors votes whether to keep Cheryl in their group, we get a practical reminder of just who’s stuck around as well as non-zombified yet. Mr. Lodge is difficult Archie’s leadership as well as their decision to strike out for security instead of hunkering down in his mansion.

There’s a surprising amount of social commentary in these few pages, if you look for it. (Much like exactly how Gilligan’s Island was supposed to be society in microcosm.) The rich guy doesn’t like the typical guy trying to modification the world. Reggie’s still a pig, Nancy alludes to racism, Betty reminds everybody of democracy, as well as Kevin stands by his father’s armed forces sacrifice. Archie’s mom sums up the series with her comment, “I understand it seemed that way, but… Oh, Archie, I’m not sure it was ever as risk-free as you’d like to believe.” We’re firmly into “the hidden abyss under the little town” area here, especially with the Cheryl/Jason incest style (that most likely isn’t as remove to those who didn’t checked out previous issues).

Mom goes on to tell a story of a offer with witches to keep the young guy of Riverdale risk-free during world war II. They needed generations of human sacrifice to keep the town untouched. now that I’ve been primed to look for the metaphor, I can’t assist seeing that as a nod to exactly how many artists as well as writers have provided up their rightful reward in service to this never-ending property. Comics, hunh. sometimes they make you believe in such weird ways.

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