Archie has announced three new series launching between now and early 2018: Betty &Veronica Vixens, The Mighty Crusaders and Cosmo the Merry Martian.
First up, a biker take on Betty and Veronica:
The world’s most famous BFFs return with a vengeance this November! Betty and Veronica are the leaders of the toughest gang in Riverdale, the Vixens, in the new ongoing series from writer Jamie L. Rotante, artist Eva Cabrera (Kim & Kim), colorist Elaina Unger and letter Rachel Deering. An intense and action-packed journey alongside the girls of Riverdale High begins on November 15 in B&V VIXENS #1.
“Betty and Veronica aren’t just two young ladies who happen to like the same boy—they’re two hard-working, intelligent and strong women who maintain a friendship despite their differences; consistently defying all expectations to overcome the odds stacked against them,” said writer Jamie L. Rotante.
Next up is The Mighty Crusaders. Interestingly, this is not writer Ian Flynn’s first go round with these characters. He wrote the digital-first New Crusaders back in 2012.
Archie Comics returns to the world of superheroes with a new ongoing series from the Dark Circle Comics imprint, THE MIGHTY CRUSADERS, launching in December from fan-favorite writer Ian Flynn (JUGHEAD, MEGA MAN) and artist Kelsey Shannon (JOSIE AND THE PUSSYCATS).
Two generations of heroes including THE SHIELD, THE COMET, THE WEB, JAGUAR, DARKLING, FIREFLY, and STEEL STERLING must learn how to work together as they join forces to battle deadly new threats.
“I’m really excited to return to the Dark Circle heroes and pit them against the greatest challenges they’ve ever faced,” said writer Ian Flynn. “I think fans of the classic and newer Crusaders will enjoy our new, high-paced approach to their world!”
And finally, debuting sometime in early 2018, is Cosmo the Merry Martian. This was a very short-lived comic in the late 1950s and from deep in the Archie IP vault.
In space, no one can hear you laugh! Writer Ian Flynn will revitalize COSMO THE MERRY MARTIAN as part of the Archie Action line-up, bringing the classic 1950s space alien into the present day (alongside some new friends) in a new ongoing series!
“We’ve got some really fun and exciting adventure brewing for Cosmo and his crew!” said Flynn.
But there might be a little more to it than that. Archie president Jon Goldwater said the following to the esteemed Mr. McMillan at The Hollywood Reporter:
With Cosmo, we see a lot of opportunity to tell a fun adventure tale, featuring one of our classic concepts. Cosmo as a character and universe really lends itself to the serialized stories and world-building Ian Flynn is great at, and we’re excited to hand him the keys and let him cut loose when this debuts early next year. It fills an important space for our line.
Since Ian Flynn was writing Sonic the Hedgehog comics for Archie, it sounds like they might be looking to have Cosmo take a somewhere similar format.
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