CONTENT WARNING: The preview pages below feature graphic violence.

Writer Frank Tieri and artist Michael Walsh want to show you Archie's pal Jughead as you've never seen him before. He's always been hungry, but in Jughead: The Hunger, he completes his evolution into a voracious werewolf who feeds on human flesh. Considering the covers to this one-shot, it's not really a spoiler to let you in on that. What's more interesting is the identity of the werewolf hunter who shows up to stop him, but you'll have to wait for the comic to find that out.

Obviously, this book is set in a different continuity from Archie's humor comics, and also from Afterlife with Archie, in which Jughead also feeds on humans but for different reasons. The tone and art style are very similar to that latter comic, however. Much like Francisco Francavilla on Afterlife, Michael Walsh strikes an excellent balance of making the Archie characters recognizable, even as their world is much darker.

Jughead: The Hunger is out March 29, and features covers by Walsh, Francavilla, and Chilling Adventures of Sabrina artist Robert Hack.

 

Art by Michael Walsh (Archie Comics)
Art by Michael Walsh (Archie Comics)
Art by Michael Walsh (Archie Comics)
Art by Michael Walsh (Archie Comics)
Art by Michael Walsh (Archie Comics)
Art by Michael Walsh (Archie Comics)
Art by Michael Walsh (Archie Comics)
Variant Cover by Robert Hack (Archie Comics)
Variant Cover by Francesco Francavilla (Archie Comics)

 

Here's the official word from Archie Comics:

BRAND NEW ONE-SHOT SPECIAL! Jughead Jones has always had an insatiable appetite… but what if his hunger came from a sinister place? When a murderous menace is on the prowl, taking the lives of some of the most well-known and esteemed inhabitants of Riverdale, Jughead and his family’s dark legacy comes to light. Join writer Frank Tieri (Wolverine) and artist Michael Walsh (Secret Avengers) for this horrifying one-shot for TEEN+ readers.