Capsule Reviews – Archie Vs. Predator #1 & Chilling Adventures of Sabrina #2

ARCHIE VS. PREDATOR #128398

Story by Alex de Campi; Art and standard cover by Fernando Ruiz, Rich Koslowski, & Jason Millet; Variant covers by Eric Powell & Francesco Francavilla (shown)

  • Possibly the most unexpected crossover we’ll see this year begins, as the Riverdale gang sets off to tropical Los Perdidos for a weekend getaway. Unbeknownst to Archie, Betty, Veronica, Jughead, and friends, what they see as a shooting star is actually the Predator’s ship landing on the other side of the island. The monster finds the kids during a popularity/best-dressed contest, and things begin to take a turn. I won’t give too much else away, but let’s just say the graphic content quickly escalates to Predator movie standards but still with classic Archie style. Very cool first issue, and I’m excited for the rest. If you like this, I’d recommend checking out Afterlife With Archie. It’s been a huge hit with fans and it’s a personal favorite of mine. And, as a bonus, there’s a one-page story in the back featuring Sabrina meeting…Hellboy? Hell yeah! Speaking of Sabrina…

 

CHILLING ADVENTURES OF SABRINA #2 Sabrina_02_Cov2

Story by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa; Art and Cover by Robert Hack (shown); Variant cover by Francesco Francavilla

  • While I was not overly impressed with issue #1 (still liked it though), #2 picked up quite a bit. More focused on Madam Satan than Sabrina, and while that’s an odd choice for a second issue, we get more back story and a better sense of where the plot is going. The art is my favorite part of the series so far, I’ll definitely be looking into more by Robert Hack. Not much more to say without giving anything away, so I’ll just leave it at that. After a 5-month delay between issues #1 and #2, #3 is scheduled for next month so it looks like we’re back on track. Like in the above review, I’d recommend Afterlife With Archie, especially issue #6, which is entirely about Sabrina. It’s a standalone issue untied to any other story, but it’s very cool. Enjoy!

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