Review of Afterlife with Archie #6

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The Afterlife with Archie series puts the iconic teen humor characters of Riverdale in a horror story.  Early in the series, teenage witch Sabrina uses the forbidden magic found in the dark tome The Necronomicon to bring Jughead’s dog Hot Dog back to life with tragic consequences – a zombie plague is unleashed upon Riverdale.  For her folly, Sabrina is punished and banished by her aunts  to a magical purgatory where she is unable to help her friends deal with the zombies that she unleashed.

Issue six explores where Sabrina has been while her Riverdale friends have been fighting for their lives.  Sabrina finds herself in an asylum for young people, where her psychiatrist, Dr. Lovecraft, helps her to cope with her apparent delusions of being a teenage witch.  Sabrina questions what is real and what is nightmare as she interacts with her fellow patients, and discovers that Dr. Lovecraft’s plans for her are not as noble as he claims.

Writer Robert Aguirre-Sacasa and artist Francesco Francavilla craft a horror tale that is chilling.  The story is poignant; the creative team establishes Sabrina as a vulnerable but strong teenage girl that readers care about (even if they have never read any Sabrina the Teenage Witch comics) and builds a tense story with a chilling conclusion.

Afterlife with Archie #6 is an accessible horror story that will unnerve both new and veteran readers.

2 thoughts on “Review of Afterlife with Archie #6”

  1. Look, folks, Afterlife With Archie has been good, but issue 6 here takes it to a whole new level. If you are a fan of H.P. Lovecraft then you absolutely MUST pick this up. There’s a whole Rosemary’s Baby thing going on here too. This was on a par with Fatale for Chthulhu-ian horror.

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