In Afterlife, Archie Comics veers into horror
(AP) - The vibrant, cheerful and safe town of Riverdale is getting a ghoulish makeover.
In Afterlife With Archie, a series debuting on Wednesday, publisher Archie Comics is launching not just its first horror title, but also its first book carrying a rating for teens and older sold only in comic shops.
The series written by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and illustrated by Francesco Francavilla sees Archie, Betty, Veronica, Jughead, and others, including Sabrina the Teenage Witch, enveloped in a panoply of incantations, elder gods, zombies and the undead.
"It's a hardcore horror book," says Aguirre-Sacasa, a Harvey Award-winning writer who melded his personal interests and horror obsessions into influences for the book. "This is why I was meant to do comics."