Afterlife With Archie #8

It’s been a while since we’ve seen an issue of Afterlife With Archie, the zombies-attack-Riverdale title that contains “mature content” and only sells in direct market comic stores. Issue #7 came out in December, and that kind of delay pretty much kills the suspense — although since it’s mostly “who’s going to get eaten next?” it’s not a fatal blow to the series. (The original timing is also alluded to in this issue’s mentions of it being Christmastime.) Most of […]

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The Fox #1

written by Dean Haspiel and Mark Waid; art by Haspiel The Fox first appeared as a character in 1940, so it takes a certain amount of guts to make your first story in his relaunch be about the need to let go of nostalgia for objects from one’s past. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a good story, as I’d expect from two such talented and experienced creators. I just found the theme somewhat surprising. (To be fair, Haspiel and Waid […]

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Afterlife With Archie #1

I wasn’t encouraged when Afterlife With Archie was first announced, since I’m not a fan of zombies, and blending that type of monster with teenage hijinks seemed to indicate the publisher was a bit desperate for attention. Now that the first issue is out, though, I have to say, it’s a pretty good read. Mostly because the kids shown here feel more like teens than the usual Archie stereotypes. Writer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (Archie Meets Glee, the planned Archie movie) knows […]

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Archie #641: Archie Meets Glee

written by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa; pencils by Dan Parent; inks by Rich Koslowski I wasn’t sure what to expect when the Archie/Glee crossover was announced last summer, but I was pleasantly surprised to see how well this worked out. Dilton, science guy, is the plot device character, of course — he’s invented a device to open portals to parallel universes. This lets him meet and talk with Brittany, who thinks he’s her “imaginary friend who lives in her locker”. This structure […]

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Veronica #207-208, aka Kevin Keller #1-2

Branding four issues of the Veronica comic as a miniseries under a different name might seem like an odd thing to do, but it isn’t the first time Archie’s used an established title as a pilot springboard. Two years ago, Young Salem was tried out in the Sabrina comic. (Unfortunately, the title was cancelled just after that.) It’s a good way to force viewers to pay attention to your new character, since subscribers are automatically going to read the issues. […]

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Archie’s Latest Headline Grabbers: Death and Politics

Two recent Archie storylines have gotten them some press outside of the traditional comic sources. The first uses President Obama and Wannabe Palin to make some kind of point about appropriate and inappropriate campaign strategies — but I think it was really just to get an interview at The Huffington Post. The two-part story runs in Archie #616 (out now) and #617 (due February 8 — quite a wait!). The variant cover (shown below portrays the politicos as superheroes, with […]

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Veronica #202: Introducing Kevin Keller, the New Gay Guy

Veronica #202 has gotten tons of press, as it was promoted for months ahead of time (since April) as a real milestone for Riverdale: it would introduce Archie’s first “openly gay” character, Kevin Keller. While I completely support the idea — it’s about time that Archie’s hometown of Riverdale was made more diverse in lots of ways — I did find it a shame that, as with another recent big-press storyline, the execution is much worse than the concept deserves. […]

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Archie’s Christian Comics

America’s Teenager Preaches for Spire Comics (This article originally appeared in Hogan’s Alley #16, March 2009.) Most of the larger American comic publishers are willing to create licensed publications for various organizations that aren’t sold through the usual markets. DC Comics, for example, has done free Superman giveaways for the United Nations, warning children in war areas of the dangers of land mines, and for the Doris Day Animal Foundation, telling kids not to torture pets. Marvel Comics created a […]

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