In January, the CW’s Riverdale will reinvent the Archie Comics mythos into a gritty, eerie thriller. But for more than a year now, Archie Comics has already been going through its own reboot, from Mark Waid’s witty and entertaining flagship Archie series to specific spinoffs featuring Betty and Veronica. The latest additions to Archie Comics’ “New Riverdale” line come in the form of four one-shot comics: Jughead: The Hunger, The Archies, Little Archie, and Sabrina the Teenage Witch.
As the titles indicate, the four one-shots are spread across genres. Jughead: The Hunger (written by Frank Tieri and illustrated by Michael Walsh) will be a bit of a horror tale explaining the dark secret behind the insatiable hunger of Archie’s best friend. The Archies (written by Alex Segura and Matthew Rosenberg, with art by Joe Eisma) is focused on Archie’s pursuit of musical stardom, and how that affects his friends. Little Archies (written and illustrated by Art Baltazar, co-written by Franco) follows a light-hearted adventure of small, cartoony versions of the Riverdale crew. Sabrina the Teenage Witch (written by Katie Cook and Franco, with art by Andy Price) will follow the protagonist’s first day of school, after years of tutoring from her magical aunts.
“These new launches give readers a wider lens with which to see the Archie characters and concepts,” Archie Comics CEO Jon Goldwater said in a statement. “I think of it as a very ambitious and top-line pilot season that showcases the successful and acclaimed New Riverdale sensibility. If these books resonate, fans might just see them greenlit as regular series.”
All four one-shots are due out in March 2017. Check out the covers below.