Afterlife with Archie #6
Last issue's non-stop ride of the horror and perils in Riverdale... stopped. Because this is a Sabrinacentric tale.
For those not following this series (and why aren't you?), Sabrina is the teenage witch who foolishly casted the spell to rejuvenate Jughead's dog (Hot Dog) which was the catalyst to the undead taking over. In punishment, Sabrina's only family (her Aunties) cast her into another dimension.
While there she finds herself in a type of asylum - medicated and attempting to discern reality from the terrible visions she suffers. Piece by piece she reveals that 'reality' was the illusion and that her troubles have only begun as she is sacrificed to...
Well that would be telling if I gave that away.
I was hoping for more Riverdale, for Archie, Veronica and my own beloved Betty
but this issue has opened this series into that stretches way past that All-American town (way WAY past) and it most likely means this series has a long way to go before it's ultimate conclusion.
Which is fine by me!
Aguirre-Sacasa was never a writer I liked (his FF was unreadable), but that was years ago and he's obviously improved because the with only having a minimal knowledge of Sabrina (comic book version) she feels real (something none of the FF did).
And then the art - Francesca Francavilla is just a joy to absorb with every panel.
Added in the book is a preview of an upcoming Sabrina anthology. Sacasa writes what ultimately turns out to be a Sabrina origin story - and it plays a bit with the ending of the Afterlife story.
Lastly, who knew most zombie plagues had an actual antagonist? Afterlife does, and with the last page reveal that Sabrina is to be the bride of a returning Cthulha - makes this Lovecraft fan giddy with delight.
Writing - 7
Art - 9
Overall - 8