Review: Afterlife With Archie #5
“Escape from Riverdale,” Part 5 of 5: The do or die moment has arrived! With Lodge Manor under siege by flesh-eating zombies, and the rest of Riverdale in flames, the surviving members of our beloved gang must make a fateful decision: Do they stay in the only home they’ve ever known, or take their (slim) chances in the outside world? And if they go, where will they go? And does that mean they leave their undead pals ‘n gals behind forever? The most earth-shattering decisions will be made in Riverdale history in the newest installment of this TEEN + series! Definitely NOT for all ages!
The undead continue their takeover of Riverdale this month in the pages of Afterlife With Archie #5. The smash-hit series is written by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa with art by Francesco Francavilla and letters from Jack Morelli. Afterlife has been four impressive issues, but does the final part of the first arc keep the streak alive?
After the shocking events from last issue that saw Archie having to kill his infected father, the fallout from that event and the tensions between the survivors holed up at Lodge Manor are starting to boil over. Plans are being made and the zombies are advancing. Riverdale is no longer a safe place, but it appears that Lodge Manor is becoming one of the more dangerous places in an already hectic town. Can Archie and the remaining survivors keep it together long enough to figure out what to do next? Zombies are a problem, but what happens when the humans start turning on each other?
Aguirre-Sacasa writes another fantastic issue. This time we get to see a lot of the tensions that have been building from issue #1 start to boil over and cause some problems. There are still plenty of scenes of dark humor and wit for sure, but this is a more dramatic and layered issue that pays off a lot of things that have been sewn into the story tapestry throughout the arc. Francavilla’s art is just as great. It is as if Francavilla was genetically engineered to do this series. Francavilla has a very unique art style that plays up the horror and atmosphere of any script he’s working on, and Afterlife With Archie allows that in spades. Things are creepy, emotional, and rather exciting.
Bottom Line: Afterlife With Archie is five for five when it comes to stellar issues. The first arc ends on an interesting note and leaves you dying to see what comes next. Afterlife With Archie has passed from a surprise hit over these last few months to just an all-around solid hit. 5/5
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