Waiting is not something I do well, ask my wife. I get irritated, bored, and will just as soon jump into something else instead of pining.
But like any rule, there are exceptions.
Few as they are, there a limited number of things I will wait for. The McRib is high on the list. A few TV shows….because of the high number of great comics on the market, there aren’t many. One of those, and I think we can all agree is worth waiting for is The Afterlife With Archie.
Hitting stands today is issue number 10, and it’s one of the darkest so far. Focussing soloing the back story of Josie and the Pussycats, writer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and artist Francesco Francavilla delver one terrifying and sinister backstory.
The issue starts with Josie inviting a reporter to her mansion for an exclusive interview. The mood quickly goes black as Josie explains she and the Pussycats have had a longer music career than we’ve thought, and that’s all I’m gonna give ya. I could be a jerk and spoil it for you, but what’s the fun as a reader in that.
The Afterlife With Archie is one of those rare comics where every panel is so important to the overall narrative. This just makes spoiling so much more detrimental to reader experience I feel.
If you’ve been reading the series all along, you’re well aware of the high quality of work from Roberto and Francesco, issue 10 is no different. Maybe cause of the distance between issues, but Francavilla’s art felt, in a good way, more dangerous than previous issues and that’s saying something.
The Afterlife with Archie continues to be the sexiest, scariest comic on the market. You’d be a fool to miss this issue.