When Jughead’s dog, Hot Dog, is struck by a car and dies, he turns to Sabrina Spellman for help. Being a witch and all, she can surely bring Hot Dog back from the dead and save ol’ Jughead a world of hurt. Unfortunately for Jughead, beings that have expired are not eligible for any of the regular Spellman family get-well-soon spells.
Despite being forbidden by her Aunts, Sabrina’s guilt heavily outweighs any potential punishment. Taking matters into her own hands, she grabs the nearest Necronomicon (like you do) and casts a spell to bring Hot Dog back to life. In doing so, Hot Dog rises from the grave – but not exactly alive.
I couldn’t tell you the last time I read an Archie book. Sure, I heard the odd news story about the series (which was usually followed by – “they’re still printing that?”), something about Archie finally picking between Veronica and Betty or that Riverdale has introduced its first gay character or hell, they just recently killed off the ol’ redhead himself while he was saving the life of said gay character!
The thing that stands out the most within Afterlife with Archie are the tremendous visuals provided by Francesco Francavilla. The pages are filled with plentiful shades of orange creating that vintage Halloween feel. Not only that – but to use a worn out and beaten cliche – this ain’t your daddy’s Archie comics. Gore litters each page and the excellent pacing provides a neverending sense of dread.
The writing ain’t half bad either. Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa is no slouch when it comes to laying it on thick. Not only did I feel sympathy for the citizens of Riverdale, Archie is hit with some heavy decision-making within split-second moments that will certainly influence the series going forward.
Volume Two is currently in the works and I can’t wait to get my hands on it. Consider me an Archie fan!