New comic book Wednesday has come and gone. The dust at your local comic shop has settled. An eerie silence descends as you finish reading your last superhero book of the week. Now it's time for something a little more sinister. Welcome to Bagged and Boarded: comic reviews of the sick, spooky, twisted and terrifying!
Afterlife With Archie No. 1
Comic fans haven't been scratching their heads this hard over an Archie series in a long time. The last time things got this weird in Riverdale was when Frank Castle, The Punisher, made an appearance. But it says it all in the title: Archie and the gang go up against zombies. When Jughead's loyal dog Hot Dog gets killed by a speeding car, Jughead gets help from Sabrina (the Teenage Witch) to resurrect him. But when Hot Dog comes back, he's definitely not the same dog... and it's one small step towards a whole new Riverdale. A Riverdale where blood flows in the streets!
Bag it or board it up? Get this comic right now. No soft-shoeing around this one. This comic is amazing for three reasons: 1) It's a weird, novel idea. 2) It's actually a really great zombie story. 3) Lots of Stephen King references. I was expecting this to be tame, or lame, but it's not. It's awesome.
The Walking Dead No. 115
The cover of this comic screams "All Out War" and the comic is all about prepping for said war. Rick and his friends aren't going to take Negan's crap anymore. And he's going back to an old motto he once stood by (about what happens to people when they kill). He's got his assurances from everyone that they'll stand behind him, and he's gearing up to storm Negan's campsite.
Bag it or board it up? For a comic that announces an "All Out War" on its cover, there sure is little fighting within. In fact, there's no fighting in this issue. Chalk this up to another Walking Dead issue where everyone bandages up, checks the safeties on their guns, and talks about how something exciting is going to happen. I know it builds tension, and in a graphic novel these would be gripping panels before the big, awesome fight, but in single issues this just can't stand on its own. Go pick up the reprint of Walking Dead No. 1 that came out this week in full color for the first time. That's way more interesting.
Abe Sapien No. 6
Abe's still out on the road, wandering through the deserts of Arizona trying to find something out about himself. The whole world is being destroyed by monsters and Abe thinks he may have some link to it all. So he meets up with a group of nice Mexican immigrants near the border, learns some Mayan Mythology, and continues to wander with these people.
Bag it or board it up? Each series in the Hellboy world offers something different for different readers, and Abe Sapien is for the lover of stories. There isn't a ton of action here but that's never promised in the Sapien series. Instead you get dizzying illustrations, strange mythology, and foreboding and foreshadowing. It's moody, gloomy fun.
Mars Attacks Judge Dredd No. 2
The martians are invading Mega-City, but they're doing it quietly. They're infiltrating all of the criminal syndicates in the world and hoping to squeeze control before anyone's the wiser. Well, one guy's the wiser: Judge Dredd. He's on a mission to figure out who these martians are (he still thinks they're mutants). He also wants to find out what type of technology and weapons they carry. We haven't seen a brutal battle yet, but it's looming...
Bag it or board it up? I said it with issue 1 and I'll say it for 2: this is the best comic either of these franchises have produced in a long time. It's better than any of the Mars Attacks comics, and even though some of the Judge Dredd stuff coming out now is pretty good, this is way better. It can be childish at times, but it's a lot of fun and the plot is pretty interesting. When's the last time we said that about a Mars Attacks comic?