Of all the improvements that we've seen from the folks at Archie Comics over the past few years, the most incredible might have been their response time to trends. There was a time, as recently as ten or eleven years ago, when attempts to capitalize on what was hot among the the kids these days could take years, to the point where I once saw a comic where Jughead wore a shirt that said "Don't Taze Me, Bro" about two years after that particular meme was in the consciousness. Which, now that I think about it, was probably the least worrying thing about that choice.

But no longer! Witness Archie Comics Double Digest #275, where the teens from Riverdale become obsessed with Cosmo GO!, a very familiar phone game about catching cute characters through the magic of augmented reality. Check out a preview (along with a look at the vintage stories that are published alongside it) below!

 

 

It's worth noting that Cosmo GO! is actually based on one of the more obscure but persistent Archie characters, Cosmo the Merry Martian. Originally appearing in a self-titled series in 1958, Cosmo only lasted for six issues --- all of which, it seems, were published as cliffhangers --- but in the years since, he's appeared pretty frequently in Archie comics as a popular cartoon character who exists within the fiction of Riverdale. Which, you know, is no The Elevenaire, but is still pretty interesting to see.

 

ARCHIE COMICS DOUBLE DIGEST #275

Brand new story! The new game “Cosmo Go!” is all the rage and kids are running all over Riverdale trying to seize rare Cosmo characters to get the biggest prize of all—Cosmo himself!  Pop Tate sees the value in becoming a “COSMO STOP” and tries to get in on the success of the game, but through a mix up thanks to Archie, the Lodge mansion becomes a hot spot, and Mr .Lodge does not feel like playing! Find out what happens in “Cosmo Go!”the fun, new lead story to this comics double digest!

Script: Dan Parent
Art: Dan Parent, Jim Amash, Glenn Whitmore, Jack Morelli
Cover: Dan Parent
On Sale Date: 1/4
160-page, full color comic
$4.99 U.S.