Writer: Donny Cates
Artist: Tradd Moore
Colorist: Dave Stewart
Letterer: VC’s Clayton Cowles
Release Date: June 12, 2019
Publisher: Marvel Comics
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Silver Surfer: Black #1 score: A
Jughead: The Hunger Vs. Vampironica #1
Written by: Frank Tieri
Art by: Pat Kennedy, Tim Kennedy
Colored by: Matt Herms
Lettered by: Jack Morelli
Cover Price: $3.99
Published by: Archie Comics
In the world of JUGHEAD THE HUNGER, there are no vampires, having been wiped out in their great war with the werewolves. In the VAMPIRONICA universe, the opposite is the case, as it was the vampires who were the victors.
So what happens when these two eternal enemies are brought together again? Whatever it is, it can’t be good for poor ol’ Jug and Vampironica, you can count on that much…
The first thing that I can say about this comic is that it’s darker than I expected. No, I don’t mean the colors are so bad they give the book a dark look. What I’m talking about is the tone of the story. I guess I shouldn’t be surprised, this is a horror book after all. But I mean, in the first few pages alone poor Pops gets eaten alive by a gang of vampires. If that’s not a shocking way to start off this mini-series, I don’t know what its.
Despite setting a darker tone for the series, writer Frank Tieri still maintains a lot of the cheery personalities of many of the Archie characters. The group still gives Jughead a hard time about how much he eats. and Betty is still a helpful friend. Even supporting characters like Veronica’s parents seem like their normal selves. They joke about raising her allowance to $100,00 per month. Then they drop a bombshell on Veronica that I didn’t see coming.
Another highlight of Jughead: The Hunger Vs. Vampironica #1 is the art by Pat and Tim Kennedy. The character design fits the story perfectly but without changing them completely. Their art also utilizes shades of red and black to give scenes that extra touch of danger. Even the normally brighter colors are dulled, which again is more than appropriate for the tone of the comic.
I should also mention that the art team switches from Pat and Tim Kennedy to Joe Eisma for the last few pages of issue #1. But their styles are so similar that I didn’t even notice the shift. It wasn’t until I re-read the comic that I noticed Elsma was credited in the art department. So kudos to Archie Comics for choosing artists that compliment each other.
One last thing: since this is the first issue in the mini-series, the comic focuses primarily on Veronica shortly following the events of the Vampironica comic. Jughead: The Hunger Vs. Vampironica #1 is more about setting up the series rather than about the conflict. In fact, the werewolf Jughead doesn’t even appear in this comic, but everything else is so good, you really won’t mind.
In the ends, Jughead: The Hunger Vs. Vampironica #1 was a rather fun comic. The story by Frank Tieri moves at a good pace, introducing many of the key players, setting up important plot points, and even adds a few twists along the way. The art team is terrific, and they set the right tone for the series, and their action scenes are a lot of fun. All in all, Jughead: The Hunger Vs. Vampironica #1 is worth checking out.
Jughead: The Hunger Vs. Vampironica #1 score: B+