The all-new Archie #1 has hit the stands in the US with a livelier reboot hoping to attract new audiences. The much-anticipated comic had already sold out at the distributor level two days before its release. According to the Archie Comics website, although the sell out would not affect the comic’s availability on release day, readers could expect a second printing of the comic book to hit in early August with a modified cover.
As the ongoing series, popular with old and young alike, approaches its 75th birthday, Eisner Award-winning writer Mark Waid (Daredevil, Kingdom Come) and Eisner Award-winning artist Fiona Staples (Saga) have set about re-imagining the classic character Archie and his friends Jughead, Betty & Veronica, Reggie and more, bringing all of them forward into today’s world of texting and skinny jeans. Early reviews of the comic have been extremely positive. See HERE & HERE.
The new comic book series is the first of three “New Riverdale” titles set to roll out over the next 12-18 months, including a new ‘JUGHEAD’ title in October, spotlighting Archie’s burger-loving best friend, from writer Chip Zdarsky (Sex Criminals) and Erica Henderson (The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl) and ‘BETTY AND VERONICA’ next summer, taking readers deeper into the friendship and rivalry between the beloved teen characters, from legendary writer/artist Adam Hughes (Before Watchmen: Doctor Manhattan).