Archie Andrews has come a long way in the past 74 years since his birth in the pages of Pep Comics. For many decades, his biggest problems were which girl to date and whether to go to the beach or play a gig with his popular rock band. Lately, his hands have been full taking on zombies, a Predator, KISS, and now a tornado filled with man-eating fish. Director Anthony C. Ferrante climbs out from behind the camera to pen the bloody good time that is Archie vs. Sharknado.
Just when Archie and the gang think they can kick back and enjoy a few months of beaches, naps and sun, they're faced with a storm of sharknados - heading straight for their hometown of Riverdale. Archie and his friends have to battle the incoming pop culture storm as it creeps up the "Feast" coast to Riverdale - and then try to save who and what's left of their hometown.
Although much of the violence and gore has been drawn in such a way that it looks more cartoon than real, I would still say Archie vs. Sharknado should be rated PG-13. Illustrations of characters being chewed up and spit out by a shark would still be construed by many youngsters as frightening and intense. I would say if they can handle the movies, then they shouldn’t have a problem with the comic book.
Believe it or not, the comedic-yet-dramatic teen world of Archie and the amusingly preposterous “Sharknado” franchise are a perfect combination for an entertaining comic book. The golden age-style artwork of Dan Parent takes some of the edge off panels full of gore and chewed up body parts, allowing for the same type of carnage you get in the movies without it seeming as graphic. Just like the films have cameos by all sorts of celebrities, Archie vs. Sharknado contains appearances by the decapitated heads of the creative team and publisher for the book.
Archie vs. Sharknado is available now in print and Kindle editions.