This week I went off the beaten path a little bit and picked up Archie vs. Predator #1. (this is a four issue limited series that is already on issue #3, but for the sake of starting at the start, I picked up #1 this week). Since, I'm coming back to comics, I thought it worth the time to stretch my mind a little bit and pick an occasional comic that is nothing like the super hero comics that dominate my collection. Archie vs. Predator is perfect in that capacity.
As juxtaposition is the heart of all comedy, the premise is absolutely solid. However, the actual comic itself falls victim to one of the chief ills of modern comics: failure to deliver a full story.
Basically, the Riverdale gang goes on vacation in the same exact place where a Predator ship has landed. The gang runs afoul of the obligatory Betty vs. Veronica conflict, has an encounter with the snobby prep school kids, and then decides they like staying in Riverdale better than going on vacation so they go home. That's it. They never encounter the Predator. Oh, sure, the Predator stalks them and it appears kills the two prep school kids and strings them up, but even when the gang has fresh human blood dripped upon them from above, they blithely march on, completely ignoring the waiting horror above. Maybe this is the joke? Maybe the payoff comes next issue (as the Predator seems to have stowed away in some of Veronica's luggage to make the trip back to Riverdale), but I paid $4 for a comic called Archie vs. Predator and the titular claim is never validated. I hate paying for the set up of a joke and then paying separately for the punchline. That is NOT cool. It's like if the movie Predator ended when Arnold's team caught the girl in the village. NOT cool.
So, while I really like the concept here, the execution falls very flat. I am on the fence about picking up issue #2. I still kind of want a payoff to issue #1, but I'm not ready to shell out another $4 on the chance that the story actually happens in issue #3. This is what happens sometimes when you branch out...