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"Jughead The Hunger Vs. Vampironica #2" Comic Review

Written by James Ferguson

Published by Archie Comics

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Written by Frank Tieri
Illustrated by Pat & Tim Kennedy and Joe Eisma
Inked by Bob Smith and Ryan Jampole
Colored by Matt Herms
Lettered by Jack Morelli
2019, 32 Pages, $3.99
Comic released on June 5th, 2019


We saw the latest and greatest in the world of vampires in the first issue of Jughead The Hunger vs. Vampironica, so now we bounce over to the werewolf side and see what's going on there. Unlike the debut issue, the presence of the other side is definitely felt. The characters can see early on that something's off.

There's a running gag throughout Jughead The Hunger vs. Vampironica #2 with seasoned monster hunter Betty Cooper denying the existence of vampires. She claims they were all eliminated ages ago and refuses to believe that there could be some back here now, despite all the evidence. This comes up a few times and every time it gets funnier.

The major catalyst for this mystery is the return of Pop Tate, albeit with two holes in his neck. See, in this world Jughead kind of...ate him, so this is definitely a surprise. These kids have seen so much as of late that they're not totally freaked out by it. Jughead sees it as an opportunity to make amends. Although, how can you really apologize for eating someone?

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Letterer Jack Morelli shows how uneasy Pop is in this new space with some pained word balloons. The old guy is trying to get his bearings and is having a hard time. Plus, as mentioned, he's got two big holes in his neck.

The art duties for Jughead The Hunger vs. Vampironica #2 are once again split between Pat & Tim Kennedy and Joe Eisma. Both teams are solid on their own, but it's a jarring reading experience to switch between these two unique artistic styles in the middle of the story. In this case, it happens during a scene, which is very off-putting.

I haven't noticed this before, but the Kennedys have some rather strange facial expressions for the characters. You know when you're taking a picture and decide to make a funny face? Well, that's how Jughead, Archie, and Betty look in most of these panels. There's almost too much detail too. You can count each crooked tooth in Jughead's mouth.

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Although I have issues with some of the human characters, the werewolves look awesome. They are monsters through and through, hulking beasts made of muscle, fur, and teeth. There's a great flashback to the eradication of the vampires and the werewolves tower over the bloodsuckers, literally tearing them apart.

Colorist Matt Herms carries on the signature blood splatter that's seen in most of the Archie Horror books. This is an awesome detail that I hope continues on. It looks like blood was dripped on the pages themselves, like you found some discarded comic that was put through the wringer. Herms also sets the tone of the book with a fiery red sky that menacingly burns through the windows of the diner. It's like the apocalypse is happening just outside.

While this issue is a step up from the debut, we're still waiting for everything to really come together in Jughead The Hunger vs. Vampironica. Now that all the pieces are on the board, I'm excited to see what writer Frank Tieri has in store for us. You can't go wrong with some werewolf on vampire action.


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Overall: 3.5 Star Rating

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About The Author
James Ferguson
Lord of the Funny Books
James has a 2nd grade reading level and, as a result, only reads books with pictures. Horror is his 5th favorite genre right after romantic comedy and just before silent films. No one knows why he's here, but he won't leave.
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