Comics Panel: Archie Vs. Predator and Kaijumax juggle tones, Tamaki’s Frontier astounds

Archie Andrews and his friends are no strangers to crossovers, meeting characters like the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, the cast of Glee, the members of Kiss, and even The Punisher at different points in their extensive history. A Sharknado is coming to Riverdale this summer, but before that happens, an equally strange crossover is unfolding in the pages of Archie Vs. Predator #1 (Dark Horse), which puts the clean-cut teens of Archie Comics in the alien killer’s thermally sensitive line of sight.

Writer Alex De Campi understands that the absurd appeal of this book lies in the contrast of Archie’s and Predator’s worlds, and this first issue highlights that dynamic by placing Predator in a typical Archie story full of heightened teenage drama. The story is set in motion by the Riverdale kids winning a luxury beach vacation to Los Perdidos Resort in a bag of Tayto …

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