I can’t say enough good things about Afterlife With Archie.
To say that Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and Francesco Francavilla were able to do something that people maybe thought wasn’t possible isn’t accurate. I think they did something nobody else thought to do and they are doing better than probably anybody else could. After a brief absence, how could I not choose Afterlife With Archie #6 this week?
Picking up, in a way, where issue #1 left off, we finally get to see what has been happening to Sabrina since she seemingly set the events of this series in motion or at least helped complicate and exacerbate what had already happened. Francavilla’s art is stunning. Moody and dark, he finds a way to make each page feel cinematic. While not being overly detailed, he is able to convey exactly what is going on in each panel with a simplicity I’d liken, at times, to the work of Alex Toth. However, for such heavy uses of black, Francavilla maintains a highly saturated color palette that would be difficult to juxtapose for many other artists or artist teams. For me, this is moody visual storytelling at its very best.
If I admit to having initially picked up Afterlife With Archie for the art I’ll also have to admit that I’m sticking around for the story. Archie! I eagerly await the release of a new Archie Comic! I never would’ve imagined that but this book tops my stack each Wednesday that it’s released. Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa has somehow managed to modernize these characters and stay true to who and what they are intrinsically. We aren’t losing any of the humor, the innocence, or naivete of this universe. He hasn’t taken a dark turn just for the sake of making it dark. In many of today’s comics, film, and television adaptations, so many properties are simply grim for the sake of being grim without really driving the story. Here, Aguirre-Sacasa has shown what happens to these bright, generally wholesome and good characters, when darkness is thrust upon them. The result is some of the most unique, compelling, and frankly surprising stories on the shelves.
I’ve chosen to crack open a can of Modern Times Beer’s Blazing World. This seemed like a fitting pick for today for several reasons. Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa has managed to bring a comic company that has been around for over sixty years into well……..modern times. That isn’t to ignore the fact that Archie Comics has made some other forward thinking decisions prior to Aguirre-Sacasa’s arrival such as the intorduction of Kevin Keller etc., but with Afterlife they have reached a much more mainstream, possibly jaded, and adult audience. Rightfully appointed as Archie Comics’ Chief Creative Officer, Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa has modernized a decades old property, hopefully exposing it to a new (and wider audience), while reminding longtime comics readers that Archie is still relevant and has a place among today’s top comics.
Modern Times’ Blazing World is as well thought out and classy as its beautifully well-designed packaging suggests. This 6.8%ABV amber, when poured out of its pint-sized can, has a stunning coppery color and a slightly malty caramel aroma. A shallow head that quickly disappears reveals a perfectly balanced beer that I think nails what hoppiness should be. Maybe I’m being seduced by the almost earthy pine notes but I feel like this beer is a nice summer alternative to the citirusy beers flooding the market this time of year. Brewed in San Diego, this beer seems like an appropriate choice for the week of San Diego ComicCon. If I have time, I may have to swing by their tasting room this week.
Afterlife With Archie and Modern Times Beer’s Blazing World, two reasons why Wednesday is THE BEST DAY OF THE WEEK!