With the nightmare of their vacation behind them Archie and the gang arrive back in Riverdale to try to get back to normal. Thankfully
Lucky for us Alex Di Campi doesn't really do normal and things start to go a little wonky from very early in the issue. Using a writer like Di Campi showed that Archie Comics were willing to let America's favourite teenagers go through the mill, but I for one did not quite expect it to get this fun this quickly. However with Afterlife with Archie and the Chilling Adventures of Sabrina in their catalogue this may have just been me being a little naive.
The Predator series though has the legs to stand up on its own with a large part owing to the writing but also thanks to the artwork of Ruiz, Koslowski and Millet. The decision to use a more traditional Archie art style may not sit with some readers but it does a great job of lulling you into a false sense of security. This gives the darker moments a greater impact as we really do not expect them to be there or quite so graphic. Colour wise Millet does an outstanding job especially with his use of red which becomes a prevalent colour in a lot of scenes but its the depiction of the Predator's heat vision that really makes me smile.
The story is fun and way over the top but is crafted in such a way that you will find it hard not to be entertained. Although the title is Archie vs Predator we spend most of our time following Betty and Veronica. Their interplay is always snipy but it adds a spot of comic value to proceedings that helps keep the books tone on an even keel.
This is a mature read on the violence scale and really should be kept away from younger readers but if a spot of watching a superior Alien species take chunks out of the folks of Riverdale floats your boat then this really is the series for you, also if you like a spot of whimsical violent action.