Sunday, March 22, 2015

Archie vs. Predator #1 Comic Book Review

Reviewed by Meghan Sullivan
America’s favorite teen meets the galaxy’s fiercest hunter! Archie and friends hit Costa Rica for Spring Break, where party games and beach games are soon replaced by the Most Dangerous Game! What mysterious attraction does the gang hold for the trophy-collecting Predator, and will the kids even realize they’re in danger before it claims them all? Please welcome our new writer Meghan Sullivan who is kicking off the start of our comic book reviews with Archie vs. Predator #1! 

Archie vs. Predator #1
Writer: Alex de Campi
Penciller: Fernando Ruiz
Inker: Rich Koslowski
Colorist: Jason Millet
Cover Artist: Fernando Ruiz

I’ve never read an Archie comic before – until now! The crossover between Archie Comics and Dark Horse Comics that was announced last October is almost upon us.  And after reading a preview, I can tell you this is exactly what you hoped it would be.

If you’re at all familiar with the tale of Archie, Betty, Veronica, and the rest of the gang from Riverdale you’ll feel right at home. The art from Fernando Ruiz captures the feel of classic Archie comics perfectly.  And if you’re not familiar with Archie Comics in the slightest, don’t worry. Alex de Campi’s script references characters and traits perfectly without making you feel lost. Character traits are perfectly captured, and even boosted slightly further into the realm of caricature. But given the premise, this is not a bad thing. 

And speaking of this premise, while the book looks and feels like a classic Archie tale from the beginning, it is no kids book. After all, the Predator is hunting. And he does take down some prey in a perfectly bloody manner.  There’s also risqué jokes and innuendo.  It’s impressive how the Predator actually fits seamlessly into this book.  The wonderful colors of Jason Millet are another reason the book actually works.  There’s a muted and sinister feel that contrasts beautifully with the heightened characteristics of the familiar characters.  That, combined with the hunter’s display, make the pairing work. It’s a silly concept that is executed wonderfully and make this book worth reading.  It’s pure fun. And in a comic like this, it’s exactly what I wanted.

Archie vs. Predator #1 will be released by Dark Horse Comics on April 15th.    

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