Archie Comics has announced a comic book adaptation of the upcoming live-action series "Riverdale," which is described as a dark, subversive reimagining of the Archie universe.
Launching next year -- in conjunction with the series' debut on the CW -- the series will pick up after the events of the first episode, as the Archie gang deals with a murder, a "scandalous" affair and a whole other conundrum: Jughead's allergy to hamburgers.
Kicking off with a one-shot, the series comes from Archie Comics Chief Creative Officer and Riverdale showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and Alitha Martinez on art duties.
"We're excited to expand on the amazing work being done by WB, The CW and the entire team to bring fans a Riverdale comic book, set in the same universe as the upcoming TV series," Archie Comics Publisher/Co-CEO and Riverdale Executive Producer Jon Goldwater said in a statement. "The comic book is the ideal companion piece to the TV series, expertly written by showrunner and Archie Comics Chief Creative Officer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and key members of the show's writers room, the comic promises to give fans a look at what happened before the first episode and beyond. We couldn't be more excited about the show and are eager to give fans additional peeks into the stories being created for this must-see event."
"The chance to explore the world of Riverdale in a comic book -- the form that first introduced the world to Archie, the love triangle, his hometown -- was something we couldn't pass up," Aguirre-Sacasa said with regard to the announcement. "Believe me, these stories matter. If you're a fan of the show, you'll find that the comics add another layer of conflict and drama. If you're an Archie Comics fan, this series will serve as a great set of standalone stories in the universe of the TV series. We -- myself and the show's writers -- are treating the comics with the same care and attention to detail fans will see on the screen as we weave one, large unforgettable narrative."
Check out the various covers for Archie's "Riverdale" one-shot below:
"Riverdale" #1 cover by Thomas Pitilli:
"Riverdale" #1 cover by Derek Charm:
"Riverdale" #1 cover by Adam Gorham:
"Riverdale" #1 cover by Robert Hack:
"Riverdale" #1 cover by Sandra Lanz:
"Riverdale" #1 cover by Alitha Martinez with Steve Downer:
"Riverdale" #1 cover by Cory Smith:
"Riverdale" #1 cover by Moritat:
"Riverdale" #1 cover by Dan Parent:
"Riverdale" #1 cover by Matthew Dow Smith:
RIVERDALE #1 (ONE-SHOT)Script: Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa Art: Alitha Martinez Cover: Alitha Martinez with Steve Downer Variant Covers: Derek Charm, Adam Gorham, Robert Hack, 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.
"Riverdale" premieres in January 2017 on the CW.
(via TV Guide)