OK, just when we thought we had seen everything possible to do with zombies, this takes the cake. Yes, The Walking Dead is killing it in both comics and TV right now, and Marvel has had a successful zombies run in various series… but the last comic production studio I would have expected to take on zombies and the undead is Archie.
Deadline broke the news today on this title, with Archie Comics’ own news page confirming it shortly thereafter:[quote]Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, the Glee scribe who helped fix the troubled Broadway musical Spider-Man Turn Off The Dark, has signed on to write a new line of the venerable Archie Comics. And he’s found a way to inject a topical sensibility into the adventures of Archie, Betty, Veronica and Jughead: flesh-eating zombies! Aguirre-Sacasa will write Afterlife With Archie, which ponders a zombie apocalypse in Riverdale. This will run alongside the usual lines of Archie Comics, but if you ask me, it’s exactly what Riverdale needed.[/quote]
So we have a guy who is writing for Glee, and who is also writing the current Archie and Glee crossover comic (which comes out this week), taking the reigns of a zombie apocalypse in Riverdale. But how is this possible?
[quote]Here’s how it happens: Jughead’s beloved pooch Hotdog is run over by Reggie in his roadster. He convinces Sabrina to hatch a spell to bring back the pooch, but when Hotdog bites Jughead, he soon craves flesh. Aguirre-Sacasa certainly knows horror: he scripted the upcoming remake of Carrie that stars Chloe Moretz and Julianne Moore.[/quote]
OK, so we have a writer who has both TV and movie credentials under his belt. But can he write comics?
The answer is: Yes. Before moving to being a regular Glee writer, Aguirre-Sacasa worked a lot as a writer for Marvel Comics. Many longtime readers may recognize his name from Marvel Knights: 4 and a run on Sensational Spider-Man. More recently, he has written a number of comics based in Stephen King’s The Stand series, so he is also no stranger to the horror-ish style of writing. And with him adapting Carrie, he has a fondness for the Stephen King series. So this basically may end up being his vision of Riverdale landing into a Stephen King adventure.
I’ll be the first to admit: I have not read Archie comics in years, not since that ages-old mythical book that crossed Archie over with Marvel, Archie Meets The Punisher. Seriously – it was a real comic. And I loved it. See it there? Yeah, with a cutout cover with Archie in the crosshairs. Seriously.
This title may have me revisit the world of Riverdale that I read when I was younger. I did like much of Aguirre-Sacasa’s work on various Marvel properties, so this definitely has me intrigued, and his following of the Stephen King franchises gives him an understanding of that horror genre. At the very least, the first few issues should be a fun read if nothing else!