Afterlife with Archie #10 Capsule Review


Title: Afterlife with Archie #10

Publisher: Archie Comics

Writer:  Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa

Artist:  Francesco Francavilla

Letterer: Jack Morelli

Cover Artist:  Francesco Francavilla;  Jim Balent

Review: ★★★★☆

Are you ready for An Interview With a Vampire Pussycat?  Playing very much like a dark Archie version of the famous novel, Josie and the Pussycats are vampires originally born in 1906.  Josie has decided to unburden herself by sharing her story with a journalist, telling him of the hard upbringing the girls had, how they became vampires, and how they stayed performers over the years.  Its a great twist on the music group that has easily become my new favorite story regarding them.  Josie sees herself still as an overall good figure, but we see several times during the course of her life with the viciousness of being a vampire comes out.  The issue really impressed me, but one thing really stuck out as a minor gripe.  The girls have been performers since they were 17, reinventing themselves every decade as a new group so no one would recognize them.  With the emphasis put on that, how can we really believe that every ten years or so, a group of three girls could become even semi-famous each time and not be recognized?  That’s not a lifetime, how could that possibly work?  It’s a small complaint, but still one that took me out of the story when I came to it.  Otherwise the story was dark and excellently crafted to show that these are not the Pussycats of old.

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