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Afterlife with Archie : Escape from Riverdale [Paperback]

Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa , Francesco Francavilla
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12 Jun 2014 Afterlife with Archie (Book 1)
When Jughead's beloved pet Hot Dog is killed in a hit and run, Jughead turns to the only person he knows who can help bring back his furry best friend - Sabrina the Teenage Witch. Using dark, forbidden magic, Sabrina is successful and Hot Dog returns to the land of the living. But he's not the same - and soon, the darkness he brings back with him from beyond the grave begins to spread, forcing Archie, Betty, Veronica and the gang to try to escape from Riverdale!

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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Archie Comics (12 Jun 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1619889080
  • ISBN-13: 978-1619889088
  • Product Dimensions: 25.8 x 16.6 x 1.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 38,083 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars An Amazing Feat for Archie 22 Sep 2014
By Sam_CC
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This is one of my favourite comic series on the market right now, if not absolute favourite.

Buy it based on if you like horror comics and don't let "but it's an Archie comic!" hold you back, because this is nothing like anything else in the Archie series. It's a true horror story with a brilliant art style, that pays homage to other classic horror titles while also doing it's own thing. I can't speak for everyone, but I'm eagerly awaiting the next volume to see what happens to Sabrina the Teenage Witch and other characters.
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By Roochak
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Riverdale is overrun with the undead; iconic characters die horribly; buried secrets involving, among other things, lesbianism, adultery, and incestuous love, emerge under the stress of the zombie apocalypse; and in a moment that will provide no useful life lessons for the children who shouldn't be reading this comic, Kevin Keller loses his temper and decks Reggie Mantle.

Yes, this is the Archie comic for people who don't read Archie comics. AFTERLIFE WITH ARCHIE could've been executed as a mere parody, a one-joke concept along the lines of "George A. Romero's IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE," but instead of that, writer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa has reimagined the Archieverse as a teen drama crossed with a shooting gallery horror movie plot. It's melodramatic as hell, but what's a horror series without melodrama? Something nobody bothers to read. Everyone stays in character as the end of the world approaches, but with the barriers of propriety breaking down, the characters become more "realistic" versions of themselves.

Francesco Francavalla's widescreen, duotone artwork has all the splattery shocks a zombie fan could want, but in the passages of mounting dread between the gorefests, he shows his mastery of mood and nuanced characterization, too. By the end of volume one, the nocturnal backdrop is so all-enveloping, we're made to feel as if the sun will never rise over Riverdale again.

By the way, this book is not for kids, unless your kids never miss an episode of THE WALKING DEAD.
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Amazon.com: 4.7 out of 5 stars  27 reviews
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Best Horror Comics Out There? And it's Archie?! 10 Jun 2014
By Anarchy in the US - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I cannot remember the last time I read, let alone, picked up an Archie comic (sometime when I was a little boy many years ago). Archie is a cultural icon, but he's something most people do not who read comics mention in a discussion. So what am I doing with this review on Archie, you say? Well because I heard numerous outlets rave about it last year when the first issue came out, then the second issue, and the third, and fourth, and the final issue were pretty big in the comic world. So I told myself to pick up the trade when it became available. And guess what? It's amazing and creepy and I loved it.

Collecting the first 5 issues of AFTERLIFE WITH ARCHIE VOL.1 see's something horribly happen to Jugheads dog, Hot Dog. He's guilt stricken and goes to Sabrina, the Teenage Witch (she was an Archie character years before the sitcom folks) and ask to use her magic to bring him back to life. But by her Aunts, it is forbidden and means terrible consequences if ever such a thing happen. Going behind their backs, Sabrina puts a spell on Hot Dog to see if she can help Jughead out, not even sure the spell will work. And mean while, Betty and Veronica continue their feud trying to win over Archie by asking him out to the costume dance on Halloween night. And on that night, public disturbances start happening, fires break out, and it all becomes clear: the town is being invaded by zombies! Now Archie and the gang have to survive and get out of Riverdale before it's too late.

Writer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (I'll just write Sacasa for short) makes a wonderful setup that is simple and plays out just like a traditional zombie movie, yet adds the Archie characters in modern-day setting and molds it perfectly without any prior knowledge needed for these characters. Archie is the lovable main character, Betty and Veronica still fight for his heart, and Jughead is the laidback goofball friend. All these characters retain their original selves, yet Sacasa puts them in the horror atmosphere with little to no problem. What makes a great zombie story great is the tension of the situation. Having to fight off friends and family who might or might not be zombies is powerful subject because it about loss and it keeps tension on a story. Sacasa does do that in spades with numerous moments where the writer takes time to give characters deep insight on the subject and then takes it away. There are a few scenes I really did feel a slight lump in the throat and times it felt flat out creepy, all the while giving each character conflicted thoughts.

I described the character building, but what about the horror aspect? I wanted to get to the artist, Francesco Francavilla on that because it makes the horror happen and sells the book on the art alone. His art works best with its minimalist style and bold colors to give huge amounts of tension that would make George Romero proud. There is blood, there is violence, and there is plenty of strong emotional settings Francavilla lays out and brings forth Sacasa's script.

This is the part where I usually lay out the flaws, but I didn't have any. I love this book. If anything, this is for teenage adults in terms of content. Again, it has blood, some cursing, and underlying tones of other adult subject matter (you'll see it when you read it). So this is not the cheerful go-lucky Archie you think of.

Well, it's true about this book. AFTERLIFE WITH ARCHIE VOL.1: ESCAPE FROM RIVERDALE really is a hauntingly scary, yet emotional character driven book that comic/graphic novel reader should give a try. You don't have to know a thing about Archie or the characters and you'll still get hooked with the simple zombie apocalypse story. I now have another great book to read around Halloween and I cannot wait for Afterlife with Archie 2: Betty R.I.P. coming out next year.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than George Romero's "It's a Wonderful Life" 19 Jun 2014
By Roochak - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Riverdale is overrun with the undead; iconic characters die horribly; buried secrets involving, among other things, lesbianism, adultery, and incestuous love, emerge under the stress of the zombie apocalypse; and in a moment that will provide no useful life lessons for the children who shouldn't be reading this comic, Kevin Keller loses his temper and decks Reggie Mantle.

Yes, this is the Archie comic for people who don't read Archie comics. AFTERLIFE WITH ARCHIE could've been executed as a mere parody, a one-joke concept along the lines of "George A. Romero's IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE," but instead of that, writer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa has reimagined the Archieverse as a teen drama crossed with a shooting gallery horror movie plot. It's melodramatic as hell, but what's a horror series without melodrama? Something nobody bothers to read. Everyone stays in character as the end of the world approaches, but with the barriers of propriety breaking down, the characters become more "realistic" versions of themselves.

Francesco Francavalla's widescreen, duotone artwork has all the splattery shocks a zombie fan could want, but in the passages of mounting dread between the gorefests, he shows his mastery of mood and nuanced characterization, too. By the end of volume one, the nocturnal backdrop is so all-enveloping, we're made to feel as if the sun will never rise over Riverdale again.

By the way, this book is not for kids, unless your kids never miss an episode of THE WALKING DEAD.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not only true to the tradition of Archie, but one of the best horror comics out there! 11 Jun 2014
By EE - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
Some may sneer that Archie comics is just jumping on the zombie band wagon, but you would be OH SO WRONG. This is not only the best Archie comic in years, but a great, well written and drawn horror comic. I don't want to spoil it but I will say, even though this is set in Riverdale, and all the familiar characters are there, this isn't the usual Archie fluff. It still has the troika of love interests, between Archie, Veronica and Betty, but the rise of the zombies is intelligent (and has a great twist to it), as well as the other characters, Jughead, Ethel, Midge, Mr. Lodge, etc. The characters are drawn more realistically and there are a few really brutal parts that may shock long time Archie readers. All i can say is - When will they make a movie out of this, and when will volume 2 be available? GREAT JOB to all!
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You had me at Francavilla….this is better than you believe guys 11 Jun 2014
By Raul Vito - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
One of the hardest juggling acts for the survivor horror genre, be it for comic books, video games, TV series or movies, is making sure that the human element comes through; the human survivors have to make us invested in their adventures, make us feel they are more than zombie chowder waiting to happen. The more we feel we know a group of characters the more invested we will be in their survival or the inevitable death of one of them.
This is obviously not an issue here.
Almost anyone with the slightest interest in comics is familiar with Archie, Jughead, Veronica, Betty and the gang, and having this setup for a zombie scenario is simply a stroke of genius; we know these characters already so we can jump straight into the zombie apocalypse bit, but still have some pretty significant developments like Veronica's butler inner thinkings, or Archie and Mr Andrews flashbacks….all in all the story is fun, scary, engaging and just a blast.
The mere fact of Archie and the gang, such a wholesome staple of Americana, getting into a dead serious zombie apocalypse scenario while keeping the essence of the characters is a remarkable feat by writer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, but as pretty much everything in this project it works seamlessly so this comes as no surprise.
Now about the art…
Francisco Francavilla is one of the favorite artists on the field of comic book and while his name on an Archie comic might sound a bit out of place, it works wonderfully here with the deep almost fluorescent oranges and blacks, his work is always a delight and he brings the whole thing together.
As weird as whole idea sounds on paper, it is simply a beautiful, fun and engaging premise which should be experienced by any comic book or zombie apocalypse fan
Highly recommended
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome! 19 Jun 2014
By Lupin the 3rd - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I've been waiting for this comic to become collected for quite some time since the monthly floppies shipped in a non-cohesive scheduling. I picked up the trade and read the comic in one sitting at night. What a FUN read! Sacasa captured the Archie personalities and spirit of the original comics by updating them in a contemporary light. There's an edge and genuine passion in the writing. Hands down the true ROCK STAR in this comic is Francesca Francavilla stylized and atmospheric artwork. Without him there wouldn't be an Afterlife with Archie. Talk about a FRESH look and feel this license desperately needed. Kudos to the creative team and editorial decision to make this comic happen!
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