I don’t know how he does it–maybe with some of Afterlife’s built-up good will–but Aguirre-Sacasa manages to do a Shining homage and make it work beautifully. He simultaneously attacks the foundations of the whole Archie brand and then reinforces them. It’s no wonder he’s in charge of the company.
The issue starts with Archie recounting a recent event among the survivors. Afterlife is now a zombie survivor book more than an Archie spin-off. Aguirre-Sacasa is running with it and running well with it. The way he’s telling the story has become more important than the content of the scenes, though they’re really good too. Afterlife is creepy.
Artist Francavilla helps a lot with that creepiness. He’s getting a little rushed again this issue–the last fourth or so is incredibly hurried–but it comes after a bunch of good work.
Afterlife is divine.
Betty: R.I.P., Chapter Three: A Ghost Story…; writer, Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa; artist and colorist, Francesco Francavilla; letterer, Jack Morelli; editor, Jamie Lee Rotante; publisher, Archie Comics.