EXCLUSIVE: Francesco Francavilla's "Afterlife with Archie" #8 and "Sabrina" #2 Variants

Archie Comics' hit horror books "Afterlife with Archie" and "The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina" are set to return -- and soon they'll have company. As announced Thursday on Entertainment Weekly, Archie Horror is now an official imprint at the publisher, with an as-yet unrevealed third series set to join "Afterlife" and "Sabrina."

"I can tell you that it will be centered around a major Archie character," "Afterlife" and "Sabrina" writer (and Archie Chief Creative Officer) Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa told EW of the third series. "She has appeared in one of our books before. And [the book] will be in a genre we have not explored or even hinted at in 'Sabrina' -- in 'Afterlife,' we've only hinted at it a tiny, tiny bit. And it will be set in the present."

The new imprint will arrive with "Afterlife with Archie #8" and "The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina" #2, which have the newly revealed release dates of May 6 and April 15, respectively. CBR has the exclusive first look at "Afterlife" artist Francesco Francavilla's variant covers for both issues. The story of "Afterlife" #8 is an homage to "The Shining," as reflected in Francavilla's variant.

The new release dates mean a five-month layoff between new issues of "Afterlife," and more than six months between issues #1 and #2 of "Sabrina." Aguirre-Sacasa told EW that Archie wanted "Sabrina" #1 out by New York Comic Con and near Halloween, but in retrospect wishes more issues were in the can before launching.

"There's no excuse, and there will never be a delay like there was been between 'Sabrina' #1 and #2," Aguirre-Sacasa said. "Like, never. We are very, very lucky that we have an incredibly passionate and understanding fan base that is eager for the book."

Keep reading CBR for more on the Archie Horror line.

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