Jughead: The Hunger #7 Review

by Nathan Koffler on July 18, 2018

Writer: Frank Tieri
Artists: Pat & Tim Kennedy and Joe Eisma
Inkers: Bob Smith and Ryan Jampole
Colorist: Matt Herms
Letterer: Jack Morelli
Publisher: Archie Comics

“But be careful what you wish for, as they say. ‘Cause it’s not going to all be sunshine and cheeseburgers.”

Jughead: The Hunger #7 is a fantastic climax to a wonderful story. This issue literally has everything that I want in a horror comic book, an Archie comic book, and an Archie Horror comic book. There is humor, action, gore, charm, and plenty of classic and cliche action/horror, which for me personally assembles a wonderful comic book. 

One of my favorite things about this seventh issue is the opening. We see a very young Jughead getting bullied by a very young Reggie. Reggie is shoving food in Jughead’s face and the foods are things like hamburgers, pizza, and spaghetti, which then perfectly transitions into werewolf Reggie bullying werewolf Jughead with the food items being replaced by intestines and other organs. This scene is so horrifying and creative and it is one of the best openings of this entire series so far. 

Another thing I really enjoy is Archie’s role in this whole story. Archie becomes a side character in this series while Jughead and Betty take on the main roles. I love seeing Archie’s character here because in most Archie comics, Archie is not only usually the focus, but he is also not usually as helpless as he is in this series. However, Frank Tieri doesn’t throw out everything about these Riverdale citizens that we love because Archie is still as loyal as we always rely on him to be. Tieri even continues to write Archie into the middle of Betty and Veronica, only now Veronica is a werewolf and Betty is a werewolf hunter.

I could go on about more things I appreciate about the storytelling in this series, but I will only mention one more highlight of mine. I enjoy tropey media, especially in regards to the horror genre and Frank Tieri is a master at this. The one-liners before anyone is killed, someone pointing a gun at someone which then triggers all the guns in the room to go up at the same time, and an amazing cliche end scene are all things that really make this issue feel like a good old-fashion horror story. 

Like I have said many times, Tieri’s writing would be great on its own, but what elevates it to perfection is the artwork by Pat and Tim Kennedy and Joe Eisma along with Matt Herms’ colors. Both the illustrations and colors on the basement werewolf battle scenes are absolutely gorgeous and gory. The artwork in the scene towards the end at Pop’s is amazing because it just almost gives off the vibe that everything is okay, but those strange colors with lots of pinks and reds creepily make you doubt that anything will ever be okay. It is quite astonishing how this is achieved so beautifully by this team of incredibly talented artists.

It is safe to say that this seventh issue of Jughead: The Hunger is another amazing entry in this great Archie Horror series. Both the storytelling and the artwork are effective and powerful and really culminate into a perfect issue of a horror comic book. This issue is the climax of the first part of this captivating story and it fulfills every need that I had going into it while also stirring up excitement for more of what this series has to offer. 


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