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Archie & Sabrina: Mariko Tamaki Will Co-Write Riverdale's Secret Romance

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!

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“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!"

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"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!

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