Archie Vs. Predator

Archie has faced some strange stories in the past, and met some interesting characters (KISS, The Punisher, The Sharknado) over his lifetime. The strangest one so far, has to be the Predator however. No, I did not misspeak, Archie Andrews has faced off against the Predator. Following the concept of the first two movies, a Predator comes to Riverdale and begins hunting down the kids of the town in gory fashion. It's now up to Archie, Betty, Veronica, Jughead, and Dilton to try and survive long enough to defeat this interstellar hunter before they become trophies themselves. Archie has faced some strange stories in the past, and met some interesting characters (KISS, The Punisher, The Sharknado) over his lifetime. The strangest one so far, has to be the Predator however. No, I did not misspeak, Archie Andrews has faced off against the Predator. Following the concept of the first two movies, a Predator comes to Riverdale and begins hunting down the kids of the town in gory fashion. It's now up to Archie, Betty, Veronica, Jughead, and Dilton to try and survive long enough to defeat this interstellar hunter before they become trophies themselves. As you can see from the excerpt above, this is not your usual grocery store checkout Archie comic. As the recently deceased Pop Tate can attest to the image below, this is not a story for younger audiences. De Campi really outdid herself on this story, pairing two completely disparate themes together in a way that is not only compelling, but has a certain amount of fun to it that is usually missed in both settings. The brutal nature of the Predator is deliciously offset by the wholesome vibes usually found in Archie comics, and the story is coherent and believable (for the most part). Ruiz must be a student of the Dan DiCarlo school of illustration, because the artwork harkens back to the glory days of 1960s Archie, and it works so incredibly well with the subject matter. The artistic dissonance helps push the concept of the story from "that is so weird" to "dude, you have got to check this out!" Lines are crisp and defined, colors are solid and powerful, and the action is well telegraphed throughout the entire story. Like I stated previously, this is definitely not for younger readers. If you don't believe me, just ask Pop Tate.

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