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Afterlife with Archie. Book one, Escape from Riverdale
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Afterlife with Archie. Book 1, Escape from Riverdale

Afterlife with Archie. Escape from Riverdale

Escape from Riverdale

[Mamaroneck, New York] : Archie Comic Publications, Inc., [2014]
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : chiefly color illustrations ; 26 cm.
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General Note:
"Archie characters created by John L. Goldwater; the likenesses of the original Archie characters were created by Bob Montana."
V. 1. Escape from Riverdale
"All hell breaks loose when a fateful accident sets in motion a series of terrifying events that will threaten the town of Riverdale like never before! When the dead begin to rise, craving human flesh, it's up to Archie, Betty & Veronica, and the Gang to fight for their lives against the zombie hordes led by their former pal, Jughead"--Back cover.


Call Number
TEEN GRAPHIC Aguirre-Sacasa, R.

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When Jughead's beloved pet Hot Dog is killed in a hit and run, Jughead turns to the only person he knows who can help bring back his furry best friend - Sabrina the Teenage Witch. Using dark, forbidden magic, Sabrina is successful and Hot Dog returns to the land of the living. But he's not the same - and soon, the darkness he brings back with him from beyond the grave begins to spread, forcing Archie, Betty, Veronica and the gang to try to escape from Riverdale!

Author Notes

ROBERTO AGUIRRE-SACASA is an award-winning playwright, screenwriter, and comic book writer. In television, he was a writer on the HBO series BIG LOVE for three years, and is currently a writer/producer on GLEE. For Marvel Comics, he has written SPIDER-MAN, NIGHTCRAWLER, THE FANTASTIC FOUR (winning a Harvey Award for MK 4), and many others, and also adapted Stephen King's epic novel THE STAND into a best-selling 30-issue series. His accomplishments in the theater world include over fifteen plays produced around the world; on Broadway, he was part of the team brought on to revamp SPIDER-MAN: TURN OFF THE DARK. For film, he has written the new 2013 CARRIE, based on the Brian DePalma classic, and a remake of the cult classic THE TOWN THAT DREADED SUNDOWN, both for MGM. For Warner Brothers, he has written a new version of the horror musical LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS and is writing the live-action adaptation of ARCHIE.

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

*Starred Review* Archie: The Married Life turned the Archiverse upside down to revelatory effect, so it's saying a mouthful that this latest gamble is even better. The cast is familiar Archie, Betty, Veronica, Moose, etc. though matured in both style and substance. (You'll encounter such verboten words as sexy and dammit.) It begins when Jughead's pet, Hot Dog, is killed by a car. He takes the carcass to Sabrina (you know, the teenage witch?), who, in a moment of pity, enacts a bit of necromancy. Hot Dog comes back, all right, but as a frothing devil-dog whose first victim is his owner. Zombie Jughead then storms the Halloween dance, eating Big Ethel in front of everyone and spawning the Riverdale plague, while the rest of our gang barricades themselves in Lodge Manor. The fact that this sounds humorous is Aguirre-Sacasa's best weapon: readers have 70 years' worth of warm memories to serve as sepia-toned flashbacks while Arch and the gang fall apart physically and mentally. Francavilla dials up the garish colors and compositions of comic-book horror, but it's the wrenching sadness that sticks with you; for example, Archie's bludgeoning of his undead dad is intercut with sweet memories of their life together. This is a tough, sad story of our fearless, unlikely leader, a red-headed boy who has finally, at long last, become a man before our very eyes. --Kraus, Daniel Copyright 2014 Booklist

Library Journal Review

Starred Review. Not parody but serious drama, this graphic novel casts off the typical Archie comic lightheartedness and goes deep into the gut. The art by Francavilla (The Black Beetle) carries this with black/red tones throughout and a gruesome face on the cover that can, unfortunately, only be Jughead's. The cartoonish big eyes are gone, and all characters are drawn with subdued and edgy realism. Upset over a rivalry with Moose for Midge's affections, Reggie runs over Jughead's dog. The distraught Jughead enlists teen witch Sabrina to bring the dead mutt back to life, but the dog reanimates as a zombie and bites his master. As a now-grisly Jughead and his pet spread the plague throughout Riverdale, all the teenagers' petty feuds and buried secrets come out of the closet, and they turn on one another in fear. Only Archie keeps his head and heart, trying to save as many lives as he can. VERDICT Paired with Francavilla's dead-on illustrations, the excellent writing from Aguirre-Sacasa (The Stand) brings constant surprises while confronting the dilemma of remaining humane through crisis. This story line skews older than other Archie titles and is best for teen through adult readers.-M.C. (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.