Wow, I did not realize how much I wanted to write that headline until I did.
In one of the stranger crossovers this year, Archie Comics and DC Comics are teaming up to release a six-issue miniseries entitled Harley & Ivy Meet Betty & Veronica. The book will be co-written by Paul Dini, a co-creator of Harley Quinn, and Marc Andreyko, writer on Wonder Woman ’77 and organizer of last year’s hit IDW anthology Love is Love. The series will feature art from one of my favorite creators on DC Bombshells, Laura Braga.
The story is summarized as follows:
HARLEY & IVY MEET BETTY & VERONICA starts with a plan for free college tuition for all Riverdale residents. The town just needs to build a new campus by draining the wetlands that lie between Riverdale and Gotham City.
The only snag? A certain botany-obsessed super-villain.
When Poison Ivy enlists her bestie Harley to kidnap both Veronica Lodge, daughter of Riverdale’s most important citizen, and her friend Betty, she’s counting on some assistance—and mayhem. Are these two teams of BFF’s headed for disaster?
While the concept behind the crossover boggles my brain, I certainly have to admit that it is pretty cool. Archie Comics Publisher/CEO Jon Goldwater latched onto the idea right away, saying that “It made tons of sense to have them crossover with DC’s own female powerhouses, Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy. What you’ll get is a fun story that honors the history of both pairs and adds to it – which is what all great crossovers do. We’re excited by this partnership and we can’t wait for the fans to see what Paul, Marc and Laura cook up.”
It is worth noting that Harley & Ivy Meet Betty & Veronica features four female leads but is solely being written by male creators. Braga is a welcome addition to the artistic side, but one wonders why women won’t be contributing to the scripts of this series.
DC’s crossover with Archie Comics follows hot on the heels of their team-ups with other comics publishers including BOOM! Studios (Lumberjanes/Gotham Academy) and IDW (Star Trek/Green Lantern, Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles). For the number hungry, Batman/TMNT debuted to an incredible 134,526 copies sold in the direct market. Its 6th issue sold 64,911 copies to stores, which is pretty incredible considering the fact that most series see a 50% or great drop just between issues #1 and #2. Lumberjanes/Gotham Academy also did pretty well, beginning with around 20,695 copies sold to the direct market and ending at issue #6 7,919 copies sold to shops. Those numbers don’t include trade sales to book stores, Scholastic, or any number of other avenues where a title like Lumberjanes/Gotham Academy is likely to move much higher units.
Given the amount of coordination and rights wrangling involved in making collaborations like these happen, it’s clear that these crossover books are worth their weight in gold for all parties involved. Harley & Ivy Meet Betty & Veronica is definitely the most “out there” of these crossover books so far though, so it will be interesting to watch and see how it fares both critically and financially.
Harley & Ivy Meet Betty & Veronica #1 hits shelves October 4th, 2017.