They are the most popular teens in school, twins, and rich, and they have a deep dark family secret. Who are these red-headed teens? They are Cheryl and Jason Blossom and the stars of the new Archie Comics Horror series Blossoms 666 #1. Even though they are the most popular teens in school, no one would ever guess who they really are. One of them is destined to become the Antichrist. As they both want the title, only one will prevail. Which one will it be? Well, only time will tell because as of right now they are getting ready for a big party and every teen is invited.
What is the purpose? Well, let us take a tour of the Blossom Manor and find out!
Darkness Begins In Blossoms 666 #1
Blossoms 666 #1 begins at Riverdale High with all of the students getting ready for class. There is a buzz going around school that there is a big party at the Blossom Mansion happening tonight. It’s a party that anyone who is anyone has to go to. Some of the Archie gang are a little skeptical about the party because the Blossoms are hosting it. As this occurs, across the hall Dilton is getting picked on and Cheryl Blossom decides to intervene. She then personally invites him to her party.
The issue then cuts to Jughead talking to his teacher about a recent book report. As the teacher is denying his request, Jason Blossom intervenes to help out Jughead. After a slight discussion, Jason invites Jughead personally to the Blossom Party. On the Blossom’s way home, they go meet their parents. After a very dark and creepy scene, the Blossom Twins are ready for the party to begin. While all the festivities are occurring, Cheryl has decided to take Dilton aside for a walk. She leads him into the woods to a very disturbing scene, which will shock many people.
Blood Red Art
The art of Blossoms 666 #1 is done very well and takes the readers into a darker version of Riverdale. In this comic, most of the colors are muted. No colors truly pop out, which puts Riverdale and the townspeople in a very bland and mundane world. Then when a Blossom walks in everything changes. The art in this book shines brightly. The artist makes the Blossom’s stand completely out of the crowd. The artist makes Blossom’s iconic red hair the most vibrant color in the comic. When they enter a room they become the center of attention and leave readers with an uneasy feeling when they are around.
Also, any scene that contains red becomes as vibrant as the Blossoms red hair when they enter a room. It’s a great use of color and shows that their presence can literally take over a room. The red makes the characters look a bit villainous as the Antichrist should. Each comic in the Archie Horror line has their own distinct art style. Blossoms 666 #1 has hard lines and great character design like the series Jughead: The Hunger. It also has the dark and muted colors of the Vampironica series. This comic feels like an amalgamation of both of these art styles and it looks amazing.
Riverdale High’s Only Teacher
In many incarnations of Archie Comics, the characters are changed every so often. Some changes work like turning Reggie Mantle into a likable character rather than just a bully. Then there are some changes that come out of nowhere like the characters featured in the TV show Riverdale. That, though, is another discussion in itself. In this comic, there is a change that may catch many off guard. In Blossoms 666 #1 Ms. Grundy appears and is designed as a late middle-aged woman with a few gray hairs. There may be a reason why she is younger.
But what happened to the classic Ms. Grundy? There may be some fans who prefer the younger version of Grundy, but it is a little off-putting. Also, why can’t there be other teachers at Riverdale High? It has always been Ms. Grundy. It’s not a bad thing, but it’s a bit odd that there isn’t a new teacher added to the Archie Horror Series.
Didn’t You Hear? Everyone’s Invited…
As Blossoms 666 #1 has many great moments, there is actually one that stands out. It mainly stands out because it uses a lot of Archie characters that everyone knows and loves. At the Blossom’s party, Cheryl decides to play truth or dare. As it gets quickly out of hand, readers get a glimpse of everyone’s personality. Readers get to know a bit about Dilton, Kevin Keller, Moose, Veronica, Archie, and Betty.
It is a small scene, but most of their personalities surface. Since Archie Comics has been around for many years they have created various characters. In many stories, characters that aren’t the main five are usually sidelined. In this comic, it looks like everyone seems important to the main story. Hopefully, this series uses all of these characters well and doesn’t do the usual thing by sidelining any of them.
The Darkness Is Blooming
Overall, this comic is something that shouldn’t be missed. Blossoms 666 #1 looks like another hit for the Archie Horror line. Writing and art are a winning combination for the first issue and it leaves you wanting more. This first issue was especially interesting because it gave off the feeling I received when I saw the movie Rosemary’s Baby for the first time. They both felt dark, modern, creepy and contained the antichrist. Anything in that realm usually catches my attention, so I am at the peak of excitement for this series.
There are so many ways this series can go, and I can’t wait to find out. My hope for the series is that the Blossom’s begin a crazy murder spree to one-up each other. It would be a dark and interesting take that I think these creators would want to try and go in. Wherever this series goes I am along for the ride. If you’re a fan of horror, the Archie Horror series of books, or love cliffhangers, this is the comic for you. Blossoms 666 #1 will soon be an instant classic and readers should jump on board for the series. Until next time, keep a close eye on the Blossom Mansion and all that lies within.