"Jughead: The Hunger #11" Comic Review
Written by James Ferguson
Published by Archie Comics
Written by Frank Tieri
Illustrated by Joe Eisma
Colored by Matt Herms
Lettered by Jack Morelli
2018, 32 Pages, $3.99
Comic released on January 2nd, 2019
In this corner, the lovable lycanthrope with a penchant for cheeseburgers, Jughead! And in that corner, the football player smelling of formaldehyde, Frankenmoose! These two juggernauts square off as the maniacial Milton Doiley plots and schemes nearby. Can Betty and Archie put a stop to this madness? Do they want to? I mean, it's pretty cool to see a werewolf and Frankenstein's monster fight. Find out in Jughead: The Hunger #11!
It's amazing to think this series started with a simple idea of “What if Jughead was a werewolf?” and has grown into a monster-filled battle royale like this. Writer Frank Tieri is seamlessly weaving new creatures into this world, greatly expanding the mythos with each new chapter. This one is no different, as we not only get a knock-down, drag-out fight between these two titans of terror, but we get some new twists and turns in the story that will undoubtedly lead us to the next phase of the series.
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Let's focus on the fight first. Moose has always been a big guy, but in his current undead state, he's practically the Hulk. He towers over everyone in the room, even Jughead in werewolf form. The stitches stand out across his body like sickly scars of the atrocities that brought him back to life.
Colorist Matt Herms is the shining star of Jughead: The Hunger #11. He adds the right touches to amplify not only the tension, but the action and drama of each aspect of the book. Frankenmoose has these eerie glowing yellow eyes that contrast with his greenish dead skin. Some panels have no background imagery with only a character's reaction in the foreground. Herms fills this in with bright reds, emphasizing the violence and chaotic nature of this clash, like something out of an exploitation film.
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Jughead may be a frightening beast as a werewolf, but when he changes back to a human, he's the same wimpy kid as always. Artist Joe Eisma makes him look so sad, as he's carrying around the weight of all the violence and death he's caused. This isn't something the character is used to. Jughead is a carefree guy, floating through life. He doesn't often have to deal with something so serious. You can see how all of this is just weighing him down so much.
When Jughead makes a fateful decision, letterer Jack Morelli shows this in such a great way. There's a moment's hesitation before he comes to grips with everything that's on the line with just three simple words.
Jughead: The Hunger is sure to delight any fans of the Universal Monster movies. This is the Archie Comics take on those classics and it is nothing short of incredible. It's bloody and crazy and filled with the drama we know and love when we visit Riverdale.