‘Afterlife with Archie’ and ‘Chilling Adventures of Sabrina’ reanimate this summer

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Having read this article over at CBR, I feel compelled to write this article. After being on hiatus since last May and July, respectively, these two very popular horror books, ‘Afterlife with Archie’ and ‘Chilling Adventures of Sabrina’ are making a creeping and long-awaited return this summer.

Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa said of the long delay:

“There are no excuses for late books, just apologies.”

It is frustrating to have to wait for issues, because of looooong delays. ‘Chilling Adventures’ took seven months from the launch of book one to release the next issue. That said, Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa’s writing along with both Robert Hack (‘Sabrina’) and Francesco Francavilla (‘Afterlife’) bring to the books a great tone, setting, and urgency that hasn’t been attempted with these beloved characters before, and they have crafted a couple of gems in the field of horror genre. Every issue of both comics feels like a love letter to the horror genre, with obvious cover homages, from Zombie Jughead doing his best impression of Jack from The Shining to a great homage of Rosemary’s Baby in ‘Chilling Adventures’, featuring Aunt Zelda and Hilda.

The Archie Horror imprint is only around because of Afterlife and hinges on the success of both books. Hopefully the company will look to expand the imprint and more horror themed books will be published in the future. And that is why the delays are frustrating: The long delay in these books leaves some question to their long-term survivability and their ability to hold an audience. I hope Archie Comics doesn’t squander this chance to bring an entirely new genre of stories to their world; life would be a little more grim without ‘Afterlife’ and ‘Chilling Adventures.’ Hopefully “season 2” of Archie Horror will bring just as much enthusiasm for the books. I know I can hardly wait to sink my teeth into both of them.

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