Following an announcement earlier today about the launch of their "Life with Kevin" series, Archie Comics has released art for and given a release date to the long-awaited "Betty and Veronica" series from writer/artist Adam Hughes. Originally announced last May alongside "Life with Kevin" and the current "Archie" and "Jughead" series, "Betty and Veronica" #1 will arrive in comic shops on July 20th.
The series stars iconic "best friends" and "bitter rivals" Betty and Veronica and will give these characters, currently seen in the pages of "Archie," the spotlight. "It's good to have a book where it's just about them, where the boys are just background characters." said Hughes in an interview with Vulture. "I want my Betty & Veronica to be timely and relevant, but not dated in 10 years." Hughes added that while he is "Team Betty, all the way," he thinks that "Veronica Lodge is delicious good fun to write."
The series will answer the question, "What happens when Betty and Veronica becomes Betty vs. Veronica?" The pair will find themselves at odds over the fate of the town's hangout, Pop's Chocklit Shoppe. The release adds that battle lines will be drawn over the matter and Riverdale will be "enveloped in all-out civil war" -- but don't worry, there will be "plenty of jokes."
The issue will come with a number of variant covers featuring art by Stephanie Buscema, Cliff Chiang, Veronica Fish, Francesco Francavilla, Chip Zdarsky and more.
BETTY AND VERONICA #1
IT'S BETTY VS. VERONICA! The most highly-anticipated debut in comics history is here! Betty and Veronica are America's sweethearts... until they turn on each other! "Pops' Chocklit Shoppe is being taken over by a huge coffee company. When Betty and Veronica go head-to-head over the issue, all bets are off! Friendships will shatter. Cities will burn. Nails will be broken. Betty and Veronica are back in this ALL-NEW #1 from comics legend Adam Hughes (Wonder Woman, Catwoman)!
Script: Adam Hughes
Art: Adam Hughes
Cover: Adam Hughes
Variant Covers: Stephanie Buscema, Cliff Chiang, Veronica Fish, Francesco Francavilla, Chip Zdarsky, and more!
On Sale Date: 7/20
32-page, full color comic