Afterlife with Archie
Afterlife with Archie is a comic book published by Archie Comics beginning in 2013, depicting a zombie apocalypse which begins in the town of Riverdale. It is written by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, with art by Francesco Francavilla, and is inspired by a zombie-themed variant cover which Francavilla did for an issue of Life with Archie.
The comic is Archie Comics' first title to be sold only on the direct market (that is, in comic shops), as opposed to on newsstands; it is also the company's first title to be rated 'teens and up'.
After a car driven by Reggie kills Hot Dog, Jughead asks Sabrina to bring his beloved pet back to life. She does, but with terrible consequences: Hot Dog becomes a zombie, and kills Jughead, who himself rises as a zombie and spreads the contagion.
The first four issues sold out. Fangoria compared Afterlife with Archie to "the kind of horror found in a vintage EC comic", stating that it was one of the "best horror comics (...) in a very long time," while the Plain Dealer described it as "brilliant", and "fascinating and wonderful", NPR called it "terrific", "a masterpiece", and "actually scary", and Salon said that on "a list of the best comics of (2013)", Afterlife with Archie would probably be "at the top".
- ‘Afterlife With Archie’: The Walking Jughead? The art of bringing zombies to Riverdale High, by David Betancourt, at the Washington Post; published January 7, 2014; retrieved April 5, 2014
- AFTERLIFE WITH ARCHIE #3 (Comic Review), by Chris Anderson, at Fangoria; published January 13, 2014; retrieved April 5, 2014
- ‘Afterlife With Archie’: Francesco Francavilla cover, movie details, by Gina McIntyre, at the Los Angeles Times; published June 10, 2013; retrieved April 5, 2014
- Why Comic-Book Kid Archie Needs To Get Bloody, by Brian Steinberg, at Variety; published November 19, 2013; retrieved April 5, 2014
- World War R: New Comic Pits Archie And Friends Against The Undead, by Jody Arlington, at NPR; published October 18, 2013; retrieved April 5, 2014
- How Archie Became the Most Enlightened Publisher in Comics, by Graeme McMillan, at WIRED; published March 6, 2014; retrieved April 5, 2014
- Afterlife With Archie is scary good: Journey Into Comics, by Michael Sangiacomo, at the Plain Dealer; published March 4, 2014; retrieved April 5, 2014
- The 10 best superhero comics of 2013, by Mark Peters, at Salon; published December 28, 2013; retrieved April 5, 2014
- How the Archie Comics CEO rescued ol’ Riverdale High from being ‘old school', by David Betancourt, at the Washington Post; published April 2, 2014; retrieved April 5, 2014
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