Archie vs. Predator is a set standalone story that adds one of the galaxy’s deadliest hunters into the small area of Riverdale. It doesn’t hold back on the violence, and goes about how you’d expect it to. That being some insanely high levels of carnage, with many surprises at every corner. I’ve personally never seen the whole Archie crew in anything like this before.
It’s just wild to see, and honestly quite entertaining. It’s an interesting story that follows the entire main characters as they deal with mysterious deaths and then a direct conflict with this menace. There’s even a story in the backdrop here, that could have perhaps been developed out just a tad more. That aside, you really do get to see a number of locations.
Sabrina hops in for a bit, Cheryl Blossom is also here and some other minor appearances. It’s definitely interesting, and goes all out in ways you would have never anticipated, which is delightful. It never once holds back, delivering the pain, shock and essentially the sorrows of a Predator taking on the crew. There are weird things too, but whatever, I was down for it in this one.
This is definitely done in the style of the modern Archie comics, and it looks great. There’s lot of depth within the various locations, and the characters that are presented. All the Archie characters have their iconic looks, and they don’t hold back on the gore. It gets violent, intense and even skinned.
You get to see your favorite characters from a flesh perspective, one that you wouldn’t have anticipated. People die, and the survival odds are very low here which is crazy. I would have never guessed they’d go so intense with this one, and it’s charming to see quite honestly. It flows well, the panels are great and the gore is presented well yet not too realistic as this is a comic style that’s distinct.
The Archie vs. Predator comic is truly a remarkable read, and it surprises at every turn. If you’re a fan of Archie comics this will be a pleasant journey that’s very different. If you like the Predator, the creature gets stuff done in this one. There’s nothing held back, and in addition to a minor starting point of shock there’s one moment that really kicks things off and I was straight up shocked about it.
Everything was almost calm prior to that, and it just gets insane. I’m keeping things rather vague as it’s a treat to see, and feel that sense of shock for yourself as the story develops within this one. All the core characters are here, you get to see well known spots and really just be wondering how it got to this point by the end which is great.
Archie vs. Predator Book Review
Author: Alex De Campi
Review Copy Provided by Penguin Random House Canada