Afterlife With Archie #4 ReviewMarch 12, 2014
When Afterlife With Archie #4 landed on my desk, I wasn’t sure if it was a joke, or what. The cast of Archie in a Walking Dead-esque zombie apocalypse? What the hell?
Well, after reading the book cover to cover, I can see why this comic run is getting so much praise. The story is certainly dark and twisted, with as much blood, gore, and terror as you would find in any Romero film. Writer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (Stephen King’s The Stand) and artist Francesco Francavilla paint a picture of an incredibly bleak world, and the pages of Afterlife With Archie #4 are filled with heartache.
The book starts out with a flashback, as Archie’s father tells him about responsibility before bringing him to the pound to adopt a dog. When he brings Vegas home, Archie’s mom tears up thinking about when she had to put her own dog down as a child. Archie’s father reminds her that death is simply a part of life, and something that every kid will have to be exposed to sooner or later.
And then Afterlife With Archie #4 cuts to the present, where Archie is rushing to his parent’s house to protect them, only to be cornered by a zombified Hot Dog. Vegas rushes in to protect Archie, sacrificing himself to allow his master to run away, and we get to see the ill-fated dog’s thoughts through the whole ordeal. Right after that, a zombified Mr. Andrews attacks Archie and his mother, and Archie has to bash his own father’s brains in with a baseball bat as we see him recall fond childhood memories with his dad. And then a zombified Vegas attacks them both, along with Hot Dog.
Damn, I feel like I need a rest after reading this book. What a read, though.