Earlier this month, Mark Waid and Fiona Staples made a prominant splash with Archie Comics’ much anticipated re-launch of Archie, which re-imagined the classic comic book and its characters for the present day.
“The response has been unbelievable,” Waid told EW. “I’ve been doing this job for 30 years, and I’ve never had so much positive buzz on anything I’ve ever been involved with. People really, really care about this cast of characters to a degree that I thought I recognized but clearly did not. To be a part of this revival energizes me like you wouldn’t believe.” Waid also credits his experience to his collaboration with artist Fiona Staples, who is well known for her work on the epic Image Comics series, Saga.
“By far, the biggest highlight has been working with Fiona, whose work is just staggeringly human and emotional,” said Waid, who, when he began prepration on Archie, spent a significant amount of time getting into the characters’ heads. Now that he’s written a few more scripts, he’s found a little more of a comfort zone. “It’s a little easier, but it’s always a challenge,” he shared. “The trick is to always, always keep everyone’s motivations and actions human and believable. There are no arch-villains here, no criminal masterminds, no one’s doing the impossible — it’s all about keeping these kids authentic.”
“Most of all, I’m looking forward to expanding the cast and focusing on some of Riverdale’s other kids — Reggie, Veronica, Raj and (soon) Josie and the Pussycats,” he said. And when asked if we should keep our eyes peeled for more of those Easter eggs that popped up in the first issue, Waid was quick to respond. “Absolutely,” said the writer. “Veronica and her father are coming to town, and Ronnie upends everything in Archie’s world. EVERYTHING.”
Preview two pages from Issue #2 of Archie below, on sale in comic stores Aug. 19.