Skip to main content

REVIEW: 'Archie vs. Predator' #4 by Alex de Campi, Fernando Ruiz and Rich Koslowski


★★★★★ (5/5)

In the climatic conclusion of Archie vs Predator #4, Betty and Veronica are Riverdale's last hope to bring down the deadly hunter from space. After a murderous killing spree, the Predator will come to know the wrath of Archie's beloveds in this spine-tingling final chapter.

The initial thought of science fiction movies' cult favorite anti-hero, the Predator against comic's legendary sweet kids from Riverdale seemed like a one-note joke. However, thanks to Alex de Campi's balanced approach to storytelling readers got the best of both worlds. All the corny shenanigans among friends combined will all the gratuitous violence and blood-splatter of a gory monster movie. De Campi had struck all the right notes in bringing these two popular worlds together. 

The magic as usual lies in the Archie house style of art left intact but reimagined in ways never before seen. Seeing characters spines ripped from their lifeless bodies still had a certain charm in the hands of Fernando Ruiz. Was it sinister to take glee in the demise of Jughead, Dilton, and so many others? Perhaps but it also made the story a lot of fun as only an alternate universe of Archie characters being hunted one by one can be. 

In this final installment it really came down to Betty and Veronica. The two famous rivals who've been fighting for Archie's attention for decades must now join forces to try and defeat a relentless killer. De Campi deftly illustrates what makes them so different while also finding common ground amid the frenzy and horror of blood around them. More importantly, they are fearless in their final moments as they battle one last time together. They are their own heroes and demonstrate a strentgh and will that transcends their usual behavior. 

Archie vs. Predator has been a great ride that stradles the line between campiness and ultra-violence. De Campi and Ruiz have created a wonderful mash-up worthy of each respective world. Impalements, hijinks, despining, jokes and blood. What more could you ask for in a comedy-action-science fiction-thriller? 


Comments

Popular posts from this blog

DC Comics March Movie Poster Variant Covers are Fantastic

DC Comics may have outdone themselves with their running themed variant covers for the month of March 2015. After some fun and gorgeous variants in 2014 like Darwin Cooke (December), LEGO (November), and Bombshells (June) to name a few DC Comics is continuing to bring some creative covers in 2015. January will feature Flash throughout the company line in celebration of his 75th Anniversary, February will bring everyone’s favorite wild card, Harley Quinn, on DC covers, and perhaps the best mash-ups of comics and famous movie posters will arrive in March.

WONDER WOMAN OF THE DAY: Fitness Model Gia Macool Embodies the Amazon Princess

The closest we'll ever get, probably, to superheroes in real life is through the great work of cosplayers. You see them at every pop culture convention from the very basic to extremely elaborate costume design. However, you don't have to be a cosplayer to enjoy dressing up as your favorite superhero from time to time. Take fitness model and entrepreneur Gia Macool for example. An accomplished fitness competitor and model, Macool is also a big fan of DC Comics' Wonder Woman. She shows her love of the iconic Amazon Princess in her fitness wear, meal prep accessories and even a full blown photo shoot in a Wonder Woman costume. 

For decades comics have featured very muscular superheroes, male and female, epitomizing the human form at its strongest. So when bodybuilders and fitness pros decide to suit up as these costumed heroes, they are the embodiment of those fictional characters in the flesh. Macool looks like she stepped out of the pages of a Wonder Woman comic with a suit …

Fitness Women in Superhero Body Paint by J.M. Manion

J.M. Manion has long been a successful photographer covering the fitness and bodybuilding industry. He has photographed some of the strongest, well-defined physiques on the planet. He's also had a love of super-heroes and comic books. So much so that Manion began publishing his own comic book, Iron Siren Comics, featuring some of the fitness competitors he's covered as superheroes themselves. It's no wonder he sometimes incorporates superhero cosplay and body paint into photo shoots. Here are just some examples of his work:

REVIEW: 'Wasted Space' #6 by Michael Moreci, Hayden Sherman, and Jason Wordie

Now officially an ongoing! The whole fam damily is back! Billy visits a crooked politician. Dust and Fury make sweet bot-love in unsanitary locations. A ghost haunts Molly's visions of Rex. And Legion pets a dog. The galaxy is still totally borked, but maybe together they can un-bork it... oh, probably not.

WASTED SPACE #6
Writer: Michael Moreci Artist: Hayden Sherman, Jason Wordie Letterer: Jim Campbell Publisher: Vault Comics Release Date: February 6, 2019 Cover Price: $3.99
Score: ★★★★1/2 (4.5/5)
The second arc of Vault Comics' exceptional space opera "Wasted Space" blasts off in satisfying fashion when the gang crosses the galaxy to have a heart-to-heart with a one-percenter while Legion and the Creator contemplate the usefulness or lack thereof of humanity. It's another stellar chapter from Michael Moreci, Hayden Sherman, and Jason Wordie. 
'Wasted Space' has carved out a unique place for itself as more than just a sci-fi comic. It's one of the mo…

The Wonderful Women of Dynamite and Archie Join Forces in 'Red Sonja and Vampirella Meet Betty and Veronica'

Dynamite Entertainment announces the most unexpected and exciting crossover of the year...Red Sonja and Vampirella Meet Betty and Veronica!


Dynamite's first ever crossover with Archie Comics could not be any bigger. The flagship Women of Dynamite come face to face with Riverdale's leading ladies to solve a string of paranormal, unsolved murders. When Drakulon and Hyrkania drop off their famous vampire hunter and sword-wielding barbarian into the small, sleepy town something is surely afoot.


Amy Chu (Red Sonja, KISS: The End, Poison Ivy) returns to the fiery-haired She-Devil to write even more of a fish out of water tale than her fan-favorite Worlds Away arc. Joining her on the art side is Maria Laura Sanapo (DC Comics Bombshells, Charmed) who just drew the Vampirella Valentine's Day Special. Together these two women will chronicle the incomparable charm of their four leading ladies.


Both Dynamite and Archie have had great crossovers with the biggest publishers in the indus…