Archie VS. Predator #1 is a Perfectly Strange CrossoverMarch 19, 2015
I have to admit when I saw the title of this comic I stopped what I was doing and did a double take. Archie VS. Predator? Are you serious? Then I saw that Alex De Campi was writing it and I immediately had hope. As strange and bizarre as this crossover is, she brought her wonderfully violent and twisted sense of humor along for the ride. By the time I finished reading the comic I was not totally satisfied, but I enjoyed the ride and had a fun time just marveling at the absurdity of the whole concept, which is probably the idea to begin with.
The plot is pretty simple, something very much in line with the Archie comics in general. Archie, Jughead and the gang decide to go to Costa Rica for Spring Break. Of course, lying in wait in the jungles of said country is a Predator, who patiently stalks and hunts the gang and their friends during the twenty five pages of the comic.
Comic over, right? Well, sort of.
The first issue is less about bloodshed and more about diving into the deep and complicated relationships that were the signature of the Archie comics…seriously though, De Campi jumps in and dirties up our image of this clean cut crew, making part of the comic read like one of those 80s scripts from the wonderful spring break movies that we all came to love and loathe. (At least those from my age bracket) It is spot on, and a lot of fun to read.
Credit must also go to Fernando Ruiz who makes the reader think they are actually reading an old Archie comic with the perfect re-creation of the characters. The added violence that obviously must come with a Predator involved is also kept to a minimum in this first issue, but Ruiz still manages to add some great humor in the drawings, especially the blood dripping final pages.
De Campi, who has been gracing us with the recent Grindhouse: Drive In, Bleed Out series, throws in some great twists to the old Archie with the likes of jealousy, girl/girl fights and just some darn mean people who are not very nice to Archie and his friends. I found myself laughing out loud at some of the panels, both in the way they were written and drawn.
As to the violence, as I mentioned earlier there really isn’t much in this comic but knowing De Campi, I fully expect for things to go off the rails in the coming issues of this four part series. In the meantime, this first issue is so incredibly absurd in its concept that it is strangely compelling to want to read and once I started I couldn’t put it down. Put aside everything you think this issue is about and instead enjoy it for what it is; that’s a joyride in crazy and wonderful mind of Alex De Campi. Believe me, you won’t be disappointed.