The POP Cover Of The Week is anything but a horror: "Jughead The Horror vs Vampironica #4"

Jughead The Hunger vs Vampironica #4, Archie Horror, Cover art by Matthew Taylor.

"Jughead The Horror vs Vampironica #4" cover art by Matthew Taylor

I have reviewed Jughead The Hunger vs Vampironica here and stood up for it as a legit horror comic, despite its unwieldy title and Archie universe characters. All of the books in the Archie Horror-verse have great writing, art, and covers, and this week’s POP Cover Of The Week is a great example.

JTHvV #4 strikes a chord with me because it is inspired by one of my favorite artists, Alphonse Mucha, whose heyday was during the Art Nouveau movement at the end of the 19th century, but is still influencing comics artists today. Like Mucha, cover artist Matthew Taylor uses a plant-inspired framing device and flat colors (love the monochromatic chair!) to depict a well-composed still-life portrait of Veronica-as-vampire on a skull-studded throne with Jughead-as-wolf, beanie-crown (brilliant!) and all. I love Vampironica’s red features; it’s an appropriate blood-reference and draws attention to her face.

With a wordy comic title like this, a cover could get chaotic fast! But a simple composition, and the wise decision to use a limited, flat color palette helps simplify what could have been a very busy and complex POP Cover Of The Week.

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