Good, Bad & Ugly Review: Archie vs Predator #1


Written By: Alex de Campi
Art By: Fernando Ruiz and Rich Koslowski
Cover By: Fernando Ruiz and Rich Koslowski
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics

Synopsis: 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? – (Source)

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The Good:
I was not expecting this book to be done in the classic Archie art/story style; I was more expecting it to be in the vein of the (awesome) zombie comic, AFTERLIFE WITH ARCHIE. But inexplicably the contrast between the innocent throwback Archie crew and the sci-fi/horror of The Predator really melded together well.

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The Bad:
The pacing of this book was insane and it seemed to be moving at a million miles an hour. I think slowing down a bit and allowing for the story to move a bit more deliberately would have been nice especially when it comes to people who may not be all that familiar with the majority of the Riverdale Gang.

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The Ugly:
It has been a while since I read an old school Archie comic so I was a bit taken aback at just how horribly sexist things are with those characters.

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Final Verdict: A total clash of genres and characters that should not work but somehow ends up being more entertaining than I expected. The story is taking a slow boil approach which works for the characters and the hard turn from the idyllic shallow nonsense of Archie and his gang to the brutality of The Predator is jarring but effective. I eagerly look forward to the rest of this mini-series.

Rating: B

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