Jughead: The Hunger #10 Review

by Nathan Koffler on November 21, 2018

Writer: Frank Tieri
Artist: Joe Eisma
Colorist: Victor Gorelick
Letterer: Jack Morelli
Publisher: Archie Comics

Jughead: The Hunger, again, has slowed the story down a bit while also forcing it forward. Obviously, I don’t know this for sure, but it really does seem like Frank Tieri is having fun writing this series. The twists and turns are all very well written and consistently keep me entertained.

There are so many things I love about the writing in this tenth issue. Firstly, Moose as a Frankenstein monster roaming Riverdale while all of this werewolf stuff is going on is a nice change of pace. It’s not that I’ve gotten bored with the series, it’s just that an unexpected Frankenmoose inserted into this werewolf story adds a new element of excitement.

Secondly, Archie and Jughead’s banter is straight out of classic Archie comics. When Frank Tieri adds these little reminders that this violent and scary story is actually happening in this town that has been known for it’s wholesome humor for so long is a little unsettling. Even more so, it reminds us that these very terrible events are happening to very beloved characters.

Thirdly, “Milton” in the role of a Dr. Frankenstein-type character is another added horror element that I enjoy. I always love a mad scientist character, especially when they are resurrecting dead people and this is exactly what Milton is. It’s another trope that I love that Tieri has added to the story.

The last thing that I will mention that I enjoyed is Dilton. I won’t say more because you just need to see it for yourself.

This perfectly transitions into me discussing Joe Eisma’s gorgeous work on the art in this issue. As usual, Eisma captures a dark atmosphere that flawlessly completes the tone Frank Tieri seems to be going for. Specifically, Joe Eisma illustrates amazing monsters of all sorts for this issue. Frankenmoose, Jughead in werewolf form, and Dilton are all terrifying creatures that Eisma has beautifully constructed.

On top of all of that, colorist Victor Gorelick’s work on this issue is as important for the tone as Joe Eisma’s art. Eisma contributed the artwork that gives us a visual of Tieri’s awesome storytelling. But then Victor Gorelick adds the sometimes dark, sometimes pastel, even sometimes bright colors that somehow help give the issue a dreamlike effect while also adding realness to it. Top that off with Jack Morelli’s awesome lettering work and you have the absolutely perfect visuals for such an amazing horror story.

Jughead: The Hunger #10 is another exciting issue with incredible storytelling and haunting artwork. This issue helps us see what monster stories are supposed to look like by adding plenty of suspense, drama, and violence.

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