A couple of weeks back, I reviewed Archie Vs. Predator Issue #1. Though the review was positive, I bemoaned the fact that the Predator didn’t make much of an impact on the citizens of Riverdale. I recommended buying it, but I lamented the lack of Predator.
I will say it right now: ISSUE #2 IS THE ONE THAT WE HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR!
The Predator not only kicks ass in this issue, but the graphic violence is over-the-top and almost Tarantino-esque. There are decapitations, exploding heads, and major characters getting torn in half. I was floored that the tone of this issue differed so much compared to than Issue #1. Nobody appears to be safe from the Predator’s merciless nature and quite honestly, I am wondering how much of the classic Riverdale gang will be left by the time issue #4 comes out.
It is no secret that I absolutely adore Afterlife with Archie. I love the fact that the artwork deviates from the vein of the traditional Archie comics to reflect the stark nature and dark tone of the story. I was initially stunned and honestly kind of turned off that the Archie Vs. Predator artwork was in the vein of classic Archie. I am now elated at the choice to keep it traditional.
Issue #2 really shows off the talented artistry of Fernando Ruiz, Rich Koslowski, and Jason Millet. The colors are vibrant and saturated and the whole issue really pops. The characters still seem to throw off cheesy one-liners in true Archie fashion and the whole thing retains the vibe of classic Archie tales, but the Predator’s unlikely appearance seems so natural in Riverdale.
I don’t want to get into much of the story’s details because spoiling anything about it would be a crime. If you were turned off by issue #1, give this another chance before making up your mind. If you have written this off as some sort of gimmick, you need to know is that you ARE in fact, interested in reading this.
This is not a cash-grab, it is truly special.