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Afterlife with Archie: It's out and sold out

brunch Updated: Oct 19, 2013 18:04 IST
Saudamini Jain
Saudamini Jain
Hindustan Times
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If you haven’t heard already, Archie Comics released its first horror title Afterlife with Archie last week. And it’s not your regular Riverdale sunny-side-up spook. It’s all gore and zombie. It’s rated for teens and older.

The first edition has sold out, so best of luck finding some enterprising geeks auctioning their copies online. But if you’re a sucker for the scary, you should absolutely be interested in the reprints and future issues in the series.

Here’s what you should know:

The writer
Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa has written a remake of Carrie, episodes of Glee and for Marvel’s Fantastic Four. He also wrote a play featuring Archie called the Weird Comic Book Fantasy – they had to change the names of all the characters because Archie Comics threatened a lawsuit. He’d portrayed Archie as gay. Aguirre-Sacasa is also writing an Archies movie for Warner Bros.

The illustrator
Francesco Francavilla has worked for Marvel Comics and DC Comics. He won the 2012 Eisner award for best ongoing series, which is a pretty big deal.

The characters
The pals and gals. Archie Andrews, Betty Cooper, Jughead Jones, Veronica Lodge, Reggie Mantel and others, ALSO Sabrina the Teenage Witch.

The story
It’s a zombie apocalypse. It begins as your average Archie comic: who’s going to wear what for the Halloween dance? But it is a hardcore horror story. Sabrina messes up a spell (as usual), only Jughead has to pay the price. Remember Jughead’s fluffy dog, Hot Dog? He’s dead. They’ve got to bring him back. Except at some point, the Riverdale gang become zombies. A panel shows Sabrina clutching the Necronomicon (a book that brings the dead back to life).

Shocked? Well, Archie Comics has changed plenty over the last five years; so this shouldn't be a surprise. Three years ago, they brought in a wedding storyline – one where Archie decides to marry Veronica and another where he proposes to Betty Cooper. They also introduced Kevin Keller, a gay character. And now this. In the future of Afterlife with Archie, the body count will only rise; in the next three issues and at the end of the fifth, they will leave Riverdale!

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Excited? We are too. Like last week, here’s another idea for Halloween costumes!

From HT Brunch, October 20

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