I Have Issues #7 – Afterlife with Archie
Here we go again…A horror themed review for the month of October. This time around we have one of my favorite series of the last few years, Afterlife With Archie by of course Archie Comics. Everything you could ever want from the end of the world and Archie is here. And the series is an ongoing masterpiece of twists and turns.
So fun fact, this series was meant to be a joke. I mean Archie comics commissioned Francesco Francavilla to do a Life With Archie cover. Since it was for the month of October he made it horror themed with zombies, and that sparked Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa’s brain. Aguirre-Sacasa is a well known playwright and cut his teeth at Marvel with 4 and Nightcrawler. Aguirre-Sacasa has been playing with the Archie-verse for awhile now and his Afterlife work is hands down the best. Taking all the major characters and keeping true to their nature while also introducing new elements to them. The whole series starts with Sabrina the teenage witch doing something she really shouldn’t have and then it all goes downhill from there. Fast. Aguirre-Sacasa seriously deserves an award for what he’s done with this series.
Francesco Francavilla is without any doubt one of the best comic book artist in the game right now. I honestly don’t think there has been a single week where he hasn’t had at least one cover from at least one company out in over 2 years. The quick and fluid nature of his art style lends very well to that kind of work but his Afterlife with Archie work is in a league of its own. Bringing the darkest side of the Archie-verse to life would not be the same without Francavillia. To take a variant idea and make it into a series usually plays out poorly (looking at you Gwenpool) but in this case it made an instant classic and something that should be on everyone’s read list.
Afterlife with Archie is phenomenal. Every twist is met with an equally chilling turn. Aguirre-Sacasa and Francavilla is a match made in heaven. Do yourself a favor and check out this series.