Jughead Ain’t Got Time To Bleed: Archie & Dark Horse Announce ‘Archie Meets Predator’
It was just the other day that I was writing about how I never really understood why comics were always crossing over with the Predator, but today, I have officially been convinced that it's all worth it. Archie Comics and Dark Horse have announced Archie Meets Predator, coming next spring from writer Alex De Campi and artist Fernando Ruiz.
The Predator, an alien from space who comes to Earth in order to hunt the deadliest and most skilled humans alive, will join The Punisher, KISS and the cast of Glee in the illustrious and growing roster of unlikely Archie crossovers, and while Frank Castle took a few shots at our redheaded hero, it seems like the Predator is the one most bent on doing violence to our Riverdale pals.
The creative team is pretty interesting; De Campi is as known for fantasy thrillers like Valentine and horror titles like Creepy as she is for recent work on My Little Pony, so she seems uniquely suited to the task. Ruiz, on the other hand, is a longtime Archie veteran who, at least in the promotional art, seems to have figured out how to draw the Predator in a way that is both accurate and perfectly in keeping with the Archie house style. It seems like a shot from a Saturday morning Predator Adventures cartoon -- something that I'm shocked never actually happened.
As for the plot of the crossover, it already sounds amazing just from the bit of information that accompanied the announcement:
Archie and friends hit Costa Rica for spring break, where party and beach games soon get replaced by the most dangerous game! What mysterious attraction does the gang hold for the trophy-collecting Predator, and will the kids even realize they’re in danger before it claims them all?
The idea of the Predator trying to tear off Archie's head without the gang even knowing what's happening sounds delightful, and one imagines that if the Predator was able to return to its home planet with Jughead's crown, it would be the greatest trophy ever recovered. Still, I hope the gang makes it out okay.
Well, except for Reggie. Just between you and me, I wouldn't mind if that guy got taken out Jesse Ventura style.