Jughead the Hunger – Advance Review
Writer – Frank Tieri
Art – Michael Walsh
Colors – Dee Cunniffe & Michael Walsh
Publisher – Archie Comics
Archie comics horror division, hits another home run with Jughead the Hunger.
Jughead the Hunger reveals the sinister truth behind Jugheads unquenchable hunger.
Frank Tieri provides a surprisingly heart breaking issue. He opens the issue like many horrors, however as we already know these characters Frank plays on that emotional connection. Frank creates an amazing tone with both story and dialogue, however it’s not all dark as there is some perfectly executed humour to lighten aspects of the story.
The issue is well paced as the comic moves scenes to scene with seamless transition. The exposition doesn’t affect the pace of the story at all instead it progresses the story. This is a good use of exposition.
He does a great job at giving impact to the character development. The changes that are made due to these developments are balanced by some characters staying the same.
The story itself is beautifully crafted as Frank provides the story through many perspectives. This give a greater connection to Archie and the gangs emotional connection to the events on the issue.
Michael Walsh’s art is beautifully perfect for Jughead the Hunger. His line work give the comic that classic horror b movie feel. The loose lines and non-complete blocks of black give the scenes an eerie feel, that wouldn’t be possible if the blacks were block.
Michael draws some dynamic scenes where you feel immersed in the scene and its surroundings. His characters never feel static as there is always motion and emotion in the panels.
This is a character focused comic and the backdrops align with this as there aren’t many drawn settings. However, when Michael included a backdrop they are used with brilliant effect. They set not only the scene but tone.
Dee Cunniffe and Michael do an amazing job with the colors in this one-shot. The use of reds and blues create the perfect horror environment. This is because they create the suspense and work perfectly with Michaels art.
Color sometimes plays the most crucial role in a comics storytelling and Dee’s coloring is that example. The effects of the coloring make this comic what it is.
Jughead the hunger reminds readers why Archie comics has a horror line and why it’s so good. Frank, Michael and Dee do an amazing Job and it’s a shame this is a one-shot as I’d love to see more from this team on this title.