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!



It always does my heart good to see Archie going to the weirder bits of their universe --- especially when it's more recent stuff that didn't get the attention it should have the first time around --- but honestly, I'm starting to wonder if they can keep it up. If we've got Agents Betty & Veronica, the Jingles and Sugarplum stories, and even Archie's Mysteries (featuring the Teen Scene Investigators!) in a collection, then what could possiby be next?

Here's the solicitation:


Betty and Veronica are ready for some secret agent action! Join them as they use high-tech gadgets and karate kicks to save the day from the forces of evil! Can they rescue the kidnapped Archie from a mysterious foe?
Script: Dan Parent
Art: Dan Parent, Rich Koslowski, Jack Morelli, Barry Grossman, Jim Amash, Digikore Studios
Cover: Dan Parent, Rosario “Tito” Peña
On Sale Date: 1/29
86-page, digital comic
$3.99 U.S.