Although it has grown increasingly topical of late, Archie Comics has a longstanding tradition of producing special Earth Day stories. This year, in April’s Archie & Friends Double Digest #4, the Riverdale gang takes a hard look at the waste stream as Dianna Cohen, founder of the Plastic Pollution Coalition, and writer Angelo DeCesare (who wrote the “Twilite” parody) team up to produce the story “Bottle Battle!”
Annually millions of plastic bottles are recycled, but where do they go? Are they actually broken down a turned into something else? Or do they just disappear from sight? With the help of Veronica’s father Mr. Lodge, the kids from Riverdale High School discover what really happens to a bottle after the beverage is gone.
And in an interesting twist, the comic will be available through the usual venues (comics shops on March 30, newsstands on April 12) and as a single-issue subscription from the Archie Comics Store, which also offers a handful of other special issues like the “Riverdale Shore” parody, the Veronica meets President Obama issue, and the critically acclaimed Jughead #200.