Archie Comics to Publish New One-Show to Launch Riverdale TV Series

Posted by at 10:32 am on October 19, 2016

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This January, The CW is launching the new Riverdale TV series. Also in January, Archie Comics is publishing some special comics to help kick it off. The first is a one-shot based around the TV show, leading up to it, written by the same guy who wrote the pilot… with lots of covers to choose from…

RIVERDALE #1
A MUST-HAVE ONE-SHOT—THE PERFECT PRIMER FOR THE CW’s RIVERDALE SERIES!
Learn the secrets and hidden tales from the summer before the eternal love-triangle begins in this special issue, which features four short stories focusing on the major players and events in the Riverdale series. You dare not miss this special commemorative issue in advance of the upcoming ongoing Riverdale series, written by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (Afterlife with Archie, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina) and the writers of the CW’s Riverdale series, with stunning art by Alitha Martinez (Black Panther)!
Script: Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa
Art: Alitha Martinez
Cover: Alitha Martinez with Steve Downer
Variant Covers: Derek Charm, Adam Gorham, Robert Hack with Kelly Fitzpatrick, Sandra Lanz, Moritat, Dan Parent, Thomas Pitilli, Matthew Dow Smith, Cory Smith
Blank Sketch Cover Also Available
48-page, full color comic
$4.99 U.S.

After that, there’s a collection of recent Archie Comics that are deemed to fit the new show, thematically.
ROAD TO RIVERDALE (TR)
READ THE STORIES THAT INSPIRED THE NEW CW TV SERIES! In the past two years, the little town of Riverdale has changed in a number of amazing ways. The entire Archie universe has been given a fresh coat of paint and it’s only getting bigger and better from here. Road to Riverdale presents to readers all of the first issues of each of our new series so far, including Archie, Jughead, Betty and Veronica, Josie and the Pussycats, and Reggie & Me, timed to the release of the brand new CW series Riverdale. This graphic novel features riveting stories and dazzling artwork from superstar writers and artists like Mark Waid, Adam Hughes, Marguerite Bennett, Fiona Staples, Chip Zdarsky and much more. You won’t want to miss out on this one-of-a-kind collection that shines the spotlight on the New Riverdale, and serves as the ultimate guide for both new readers and long-time fans.
Script: Mark Waid, Chip Zdarsky, Adam Hughes, Marguerite Bennett & Cameron Deordio, Tom DeFalco
Art: Fiona Staples, Erica Henderson, Adam Hughes, Audrey Mok, Sandy Jarrell, Andre Szymanowicz, Jose Villarrubia, Kelly Fitzpatrick, Jack Morelli
Cover: Francesco Francavilla
978-1-68255-972-7
$14.99/$16.99CAN
6 5/8 x 10 3/16”
TR
144 pp, Full Color
Direct Market On-Sale Date: 1/11
ARCHIE #16
Dilton Doiley, Riverdale’s smartest kid, is in the spotlight—but Reggie Mantle has a vested interest in taking him out! Meanwhile, Cheryl Blossom plans her ultimate revenge against Veronica!
Script: Mark Waid
Art: Joe Eisma, Andre Szymanowicz, Jack Morelli
Cover: Joe Eisma
Variant Covers: Marguerite Sauvage, Dean Trippe
On Sale Date: 1/18
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.
JUGHEAD #12
It’s JUGHEAD versus ALL OF RIVERDALE in a race to the finish! A “video game go-kart race to the finish,” that is. BUT IT’S STILL EXCITING. When Reggie convinces everyone to bet that the winner will be King For A Day and everyone has to do what he says, what could possibly go wrong? Well, “Reggie then winning that bet and being in charge of everyone” springs immediately to mind. SPOILER ALERT: THAT IS TOTALLY A THING THAT HAPPENS! This start of a new arc features the following: Pals! Conflict! And making mistakes on the internet which no one NEVER EVER FORGETS!!
Script: Ryan North
Art: Derek Charm, Jack Morelli
Cover: Derek Charm
Variant Covers: Erin Hunting, Tula Lotay
On Sale Date: 1/11
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.
REGGIE AND ME #2
There are a set of unspoken rules when it comes to dealing with Reggie Mantle. Rules that, when broken, can easily get you on his bad side. Unfortunately for most of the people Reggie encounters, they don’t know these rules. In fact, there’s only one person that does—and it isn’t a person at all, it’s Reggie’s devoted Dachshund, Vader. With half of Riverdale High School having committed the mortal sin of ditching a Mantle house party, Archie and Betty’s attempts at interfering in Reggie’s life, Midge actually pitying Reggie and a friendship request from someone very unexpected, Reggie and Vader are going to have to get a lot smarter about their schemes!
Script: Tom DeFalco
Art:Sandy Jarrell, Kelly Fitzpatrick, Jack Morelli
Cover: Sandy Jarrell with Kelly Fitzpatrick
Variant Covers: David Mack, Chip Zdarsky
On Sale Date: 1/11
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.
ARCHIE 75th ANNIVERSARY DIGEST #5
Celebrate Archie’s 75th anniversary in a special way with this commemorative digest! This issue is jam-packed some of the best stories featuring Archie, Betty and Veronica and even more of the gals of Riverdale, bonus art pages and fun intros from writers, artists and fans alike. Each anniversary digest is a special collector’s item for every Archie fan!
Script: Various
Art: Various
Cover: Dan Parent
On Sale Date: 1/4
224-page, full color comic
$6.99 U.S.

ARCHIE COMICS DOUBLE DIGEST #275
Brand new story! The new game “Cosmo Go!” is all the rage and kids are running all over Riverdale trying to seize rare Cosmo characters to get the biggest prize of all—Cosmo himself! Pop Tate sees the value in becoming a “COSMO STOP” and tries to get in on the success of the game, but through a mix up thanks to Archie, the Lodge mansion becomes a hot spot, and Mr .Lodge does not feel like playing! Find out what happens in “Cosmo Go!”the fun, new lead story to this comics double digest!
Script: Dan Parent
Art: Dan Parent
Cover: Dan Parent
On Sale Date: 1/4
160-page, full color comic
$4.99 U.S.
ARCHIE’S FUNHOUSE COMICS ANNUAL #24
Brand new story! When Reggie manages to get out of a school charity drive, a little white lie escalates. Reggie tells the gang he’s on an elaborate trip in Rome, and now he has to fake it! When he gets spotted in Riverdale by one of the gang, how will Reggie get out of this mess he created? Find out in “When in Rome,” the hilarious lead story to this comics annual, featuring even more pages of fun!
Script: Dan Parent
Art: Dan Parent
Cover: Dan Parent
On Sale Date: 1/18
192-page, full color comic
$5.99 U.S.

BETTY & VERONICA JUMBO COMICS DIGEST #250
Brand new story! The girls agree to be bridesmaids when one of their babysitters gets married. But how will they get past the horrific bridesmaids dresses they have to wear? Veronica will not grin and bear it… enter her cousin and fashion maven Harper Lodge! See it all unfold in “Here Come the Bridesmaids,” the awesome new lead story to this JUMBO-sized comics digest!
Script: Dan Parent
Art: Dan Parent
Cover: Dan Parent
On Sale Date: 1/11
256-page, full color comic
$6.99 U.S.

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