If you're a fan of Archie's horror titles, then you've probably noticed that they haven't been around much lately. Despite critical acclaim and a new wave of interest from readers for the story of Riverdale's favorite teens making their way through the zombie apocalypse and everyone's favorite Teenage Witch recast as the heroine of a Lovecraftian horror story, 2015 only saw three issues of Chilling Adventures of Sabrina --- and only one of Afterlife With Archie.
Now, though, it seems that our national nightmare is about to return. Today, Archie released their solicitations for May, promising the return of Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and Robert Hack's Sabrina, followed shortly by Aguirre-Sacasa and Francesco Francavilla's Afterlife With Archie, staggering back from the grave on June 1.
To say that last year's reboot was a success for Archie comics might be underselling things a little. Not only was it a surprising move that grabbed headlines right from the first announcement --- and ended Archie's reign as the longest-running American monthly comic that hadn't been rebooted, at 666 issues (an honor that has now passed to another Archie title, Sonic the Hedgehog) --- but the stories themselves were a breath of fresh air that showed exactly how to twist these familiar characters to get a whole new wave of drama out of them.
With that first arc set to be released in paperback soon, ComicsAlliance talked to writer Mark Waid about the difficulties of rebooting characters whose major appeal was their timelessness, why Jughead had the biggest changes (and the most murderous impulses), and whether or not we'll ever see Jingles the Christmas Elf again. Spoiler warning, but it's not lookin' good for ol' Jingles.
Welcome to Cast Party, the feature that imagines a world with even more live action comic book adaptations than we currently have, and comes up with arguably the best casting suggestions you’re ever going to find for the movies and shows we wish could exist. This week, in celebration of Valentine's Day, we're dreaming up an Archie movie... of a sort.
I love Archie Comics, and I've wanted to put them in this column for a long time, but because I can't exactly audition unknowns who haven't had screen roles before, casting more than a couple of teenagers is really hard to do (that's also why you haven't seen Young Avengers, Runaways, or Lumberjanes in this space). But then it hit me—what if the movie was about Archie's 20 year high school reunion?
Valentine's Day is just around the corner, so naturally, our thoughts have turned to comics' most infamous hotbed of love triangles: Riverdale, USA! For over 75 years, that idyllic town has been built around the eternal question of who makes the best couple, but we here at ComicsAlliance are not content to merely debate. We're here to settle this once and for all.
So today, join us as we turn things over to you, the readers, to help us decide the biggest, most romantic question of all: Who will reign supreme as Riverdale's One True Power Couple?
Jughead Jones, always famous for being the only Archie character who's not into dating, now canonically identifies as asexual, as of today's Jughead #4, by Chip Zdarsky and Erica Henderson.
Interestingly, it's not Jughead himself who uses the word, it's his friend Kevin Keller, who's specifically contrasting his own experiences as a gay high school student (looking for other boys to date) with Jughead's experiences as an asexual student (not looking for dates at all). But Jughead quickly agrees, and points out that his asexuality makes him better equipped to deal with Riverdale High's problems than Archie, who of course is constantly distracted by girls.
Since its relaunch last year with a new direction and a rebooted continuity, Archie has boasted a pretty incredible roster of talented artists tasked with bringing Riverdale's favorite teenager to life. Now, after debuting on the title in its latest issue, Veronica Fish has been named the regular ongoing artist of Archie Comics' flagship title.
Fish will be joining writer Mark Waid, following Fiona Staples, who drew the initial three-issue arc, and Annie Wu, who filled in with #4's "Lipstick Incident."
The CW has had itself a banner year between superheroes and Golden Globes, but there’s always a new class on the horizon. To wit, some of the network’s newest pilot offerings include CW-ized Archie drama Riverdale, a Frequency reboot, and more.
I like to think that I've got a pretty comprehensive knowledge of some of the more obscure Archie characters, but I have to admit that I've never really read much of Ginger. To be honest, though, that's understandable. The series only had ten issues back in 1952, and just to put that into context, That Wilkin Boy, the series about Jughead's cousin Bingo Wilkin, somehow managed to run for 50.
But fortunately, we now have the opportunity to get caught up thanks to the latest installment of the Archie 75 Series, which features a 75-page digital collection of Ginger's lovestruck adventures. Check out a preview below!
When Archie's Dark Circle imprint relaunched The Shield back in October, it did it with a pretty interesting premise. Victoria Adams is the Shield, and in a twist playing off the Shield's status as the first "patriotic" hero in comics, her career fighting for the United States of America goes all the way back to the Revolutionary War. Unfortunately, she's got a touch of the amnesia, and is being hunted by her enemies.
But aside from the story, it also brought a great new design for the character, and when the second issue finally drops on February 17, some of our all-time favorite artists are going to be taking a shot at it, including "The Dude" Steve Rude and Evan "Doc" Shaner, along with the nicknameless Wilfredo Torres and David Williams. Check it out right here, along with a preview!
As strange as it might sound, the Archie characters have a surprisingly long history with the spy genre. Back in the '60s, there was The Man From R.I.V.E.R.D.A.L.E., a parody of The Man From U.N.C.L.E. in which pretty much everything was written as an acronym --- up to and including Archie's own name --- and even putting aside its recent appearance in Jughead, it wasn't that long ago that the idea came back for its own four-issue arc. But there was also Agents Betty and Veronica.
Set in one of Archie's many alternate universes, Agents Betty and Veronica is a story about what would happen if Betty and Veronica were undercover spies who fought crime at night as, well, Agents Betty and Veronica. Sure, the codenames need work, but the bright side is that their crime-fighting equipment include a straight up bright purple version of the 1989 Batmobile, so they've got something going for them. Next week, Archie is putting out a digital collection of their adventures --- and you can check out a preview below!
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