Review: Afterlife with Archie: Volume One | Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa

Book Info

Genre: Dark Graphic Novel
Number of Pages: 160
Perspective: Third
Location: Riverdale

The Archie universe takes a dark turn when the teenage witch, Sabrina, unleashes a zombie apocalypse in Riverdale. For a complete summary, you can go here.

Book Review

TL;DR:  It's worth it to check out this dark twist on the normally cheesy Archie Comic Universe.

Rating: 4/5

Full Review: I am still getting used to graphic novels, but from what I gathered, this is the first volume, which includes the first five books in the Afterlife with Archie series. And as of early 2019, there are two total volumes comprised of ten total issues. The issues would be so short, it is definitely worth getting the novels if you want more bang for your buck. However, I know some people prefer to have all of the individual novels for a collection.

As I said, I’m just getting into the graphic novel world. I am in love with the new Sabrina series on Netflix, so I started reading the graphic novels [see my review of the Chilling Adventures of Sabrina here]. I got into watching Riverdale because it is produced by the same person as Sabrina. Riverdale is based on the Archie comics, which is why I picked up the original version of those. [See my review of the Archie comics here]. Those were too light, so I moved over to this version, which is actually written by the same person who wrote the Chilling Adventures of Sabrina comic (and produced the two shows: Riverdale and Sabrina). So it has all come full circle. I liked this version of Archie much better than the originals. Much closer to my dark taste.

I enjoyed the bit of crossover from Sabrina into this novel (which gives me hope for a crossover in the shows). I am a huge reader, so it’s strange for me to have to spend so much time really looking at all the images. I never thought that a graphic novel image could make me tear up, but there were TWO parts in Afterlife that got me right in the heart.

With all that said, it is another zombie book. It’s an overdone trope, but I enjoyed the magical, rather than illness, cause. If you are interested in buying the book, you can buy it here. After you have read it, leave a comment and let me know what you think!

My Rating

4 star review
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