Archie Andrews and Sabrina Spellman have a secret, but not for long. In Archie #706, the second installment of a five-part arc, the origin of their magical romance will come to light. What's more, CBR can exclusively reveal that She-Hulk and Supergirl: Being Super scribe Mariko Tamaki will join writer Nick Spencer and artist Sandy Jarrell for two issues starting with #706.
According to the issue synopsis,
Archie and Sabrina are the hottest couple in Riverdale — but how did their whirlwind romance come to be? This issue introduces readers to the history of their magical love story, as we welcome special co-writer Mariko Tamaki to the Archie universe!
“I loved the idea of writing this romance for Archie," Tamaki said in a statement to CBR. "This book channels all my rom-com geekery. Seriously. What better place for summer romance than Riverdale?”
"When Nick [Spencer] came aboard, we knew we wanted to start things en media res -- with Archie and Sabrina already involved, and that, at some point, we'd tell the story of how it came to be," explained Archie Comics Co-President Alex Segura. "Well, that time is now, and we're excited to augment Nick's great story with another, valuable voice in Mariko Tamaki, in tandem with regular artist Sandy Jarrell -- who is doing his best work ever on this book. I've loved Mariko's work for years and have wanted to work with her. She got a fantastic knack for relatable, real dialogue and creating heartfelt and evocative, grounded stories. A perfect match for Riverdale and its residents. Expect some surprises, some heartbreak and plenty of twists from two of my favorite modern comic book writers... together for the first time!"
"And, to show how committed and excited we are by this new story arc, I' like to announce we're making the first part (#705) of the ARCHIE AND SABRINA story fully returnable for comic shop retailers," he added. "This is the first step of a new set of incentives for retailers tied to new series launches. Beginning in August, in an effort to make sure retailers are comfortable stocking our new titles, all orders on #1 issues placed by FOC will be 100% returnable, with discount incentives on subsequent issues. The content -- as with all Archie series -- is strong, featuring name creators and recognizable characters, so we want to ensure there are plenty of copies on-hand for fans to pick up on release day and beyond."
Nick Spencer, Mariko Tamaki and Sandy Jarrell's Archie #706 goes on sale July 24 and retails for $3.99. The full solicitation information and variant covers are below.
- ARCHIE #706: ARCHIE AND SABRINA 2 (of 5)
- Script: Nick Spencer, Mariko Tamaki
- Art: Sandy Jarrell, Matt Herms, Jack Morelli
- Cover: Veronica Fish
- Variant Covers: Rebekah Isaacs, Stephen Mooney
- On Sale Date: 7/24
- $3.99 U.S.
- Archie and Sabrina are the hottest couple in Riverdale — but how did their whirlwind romance come to be? This issue introduces readers to the history of their magical love story, as we welcome special co-writer Mariko Tamaki to the Archie universe!