A Lovecraft eZine reader (thanks, Sean!) recommended Afterlife with Archie #6 to me, and I’m glad he did. It’s fantastic, and not something I would have picked up on my own.
(This review is spoiler free, with a short synopsis of the plot.)
As the story begins, our heroine Sabrina Spellman is relating one of her eldritch dreams to her psychiatrist, Dr. Lovecraft. Sabrina has apparently been committed to an institution because after her aunts died in a house fire, she had a breakdown and couldn’t deal with the reality of their death.
But is that really what happened?
Doctor Lovecraft says so, but Sabrina isn’t so sure. He decides that she’s ready to start “Group Therapy” with the other residents. There (in a session led by “Doctor Machen”), she meets a young man by the name of Erich Zann, whose music she hears at all hours of the night, and later, another young man named Richard Pickman, who shows her his paintings.
What’s real and what isn’t? Is Sabrina who she thinks she is? Read the comic and find out!
Writer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and artist Francesco Francavilla have done a wonderful job with Afterlife with Archie #6, and it makes me want to pick up issues #1 through #5.
Official synopsis: “The unthinkable has happened: Riverdale has become ground-zero for the zombie apocalypse, and the surviving members of our gang have been forced to flee their beloved home. However terrible things have been for Archie and friends, they’ve been MUCH worse for Sabrina the Teenage Witch. Banished to witches’ purgatory after using the dreaded Necronomicon, she’s now fighting for her immortal soul!”