The devil is in the details, but is he also in the Blossom twins?  Your Major Spoilers review of Blossoms 666 #2 awaits!


Writer: Cullen Bunn
Artist: Laura Braga
Colorist: Matt Herms
Letterer: Jack Morelli
Editor: Alex Segura and Jamie Lee Rotante
Publisher: Archie Comics
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: March 6, 2019

Previously in Blossoms 666Taking sibling rivalry to its most infernal limits, the Blossom twins enter into a sinister competition to prove themselves worthy of the throne of Hell. While Betty Cooper is starting to realize what they are up to, making herself a target, a mysterious stranger wanders into town, bringing with him a revelation that will turn Cheryl and Jason’s world upside down.


Last issue ended with Reggie Mantle being tortured (which, frankly, it’s about time) by Ethel Muggs as part of Cheryl and Jason Blossom’s ongoing fight to prove which of them should ascend to the Dark Throne as the literal Anti-Christ.  The morning after their big party, things aren’t going well for Dilton Doiley, but Betty Cooper notices his distress and starts poking around in the Blossoms business.  The presence of America’s sweetheart triggers a thought in Jason’s head: The real Anti-Christ should be able to turn such a sweet girl to the ways of evil.  There’s a close call when the Blossoms encounter the police chief, who is looking into the “Reggie & Ethel gone missing” situation, but he turns out to be one of their loyal Satanic panic followers.  Somewhere in the woods, Betty find out what happened to the girl they used to call Big Ethel, while Jason and Cheryl find their competition complicated by the arrival of the “mysterious stranger” who has been appearing throughout the issue: Their big brother Julian Blossom!


Zombie Archies.  Weird Gothic Sabrina.  Werewolf Jughead.  And now, we get The Omen starring The Blossoms,  I may have even forgotten one of the Archie horror books, and I’m sure that there are people lining up to explain how the entire line has run its course, but I will not be one of this people.  First of all, this issue is gorgeous.  Braga’s linework is delicate and powerful all at the same time, and this may be one of the only times that the Blossoms have been as pretty as the characters keep saying they are.  The coloring only enhances the visual experience, especially the vivid red of all the Blossom’s hair.  It’s also interesting to see how much Jughead looks like his ‘Riverdale’ actor.  As for the story, it’s enjoyable in the same way as ‘Chilling Adventures of Sabrina’ was, taking the outlandish horror elements and placing them squarely in the middle of Riverdale, making the sight of Ethel’s dark shrine or the possibility of Reggie’s ritual murder even more terrible.


At its core, this is a story of sibling rivalry, but the addition of the satanic elements elevate the proceedings, making Blossoms 666 #2 a post-modern horror story that delivers with clever dialogue, beautiful art and the only take on Cheryl Blossom that I’ve *EVER* cared for, earning 4.5 out of 5 stars overall.  Best of all, Cullen Bunn not only finished his stories, he finishes them strong, so I’m excited to see where this is all going.

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I've read a lotta Archie Comics, and one important thing is true about this comic: It's the first time I've had any use for Cheryl, much less her useless twin Jason. Add in some amazing art, and you've got yourself a winner.

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