Remember when the gang from Riverdale was licensed out to Christian comics? Yeah, this isn’t anything like that. After a successful one-shot in which Jughead Jones, the ravenous burger eater, turned out to be a werewolf, Archie Comics has decided to move forward with it as a series.
I’m all for it, with my usual caveat involving these Archie books. They’re always good. They’re never on time. As Ric and I talked about on the podcast a couple of weeks ago, the publisher is in a good position to truly change the way American fans consume comics — make this a series of graphic albums. Release them when they’re done, instead of stringing out fans for months on end not knowing when the next issue will show up.
To be fair, I don’t know that will be the case with Jughead: The Hunger. The creative team could be very dependable. I’m just saying that it’s been difficult to get excited about the earlier companion titles, Afterlife with Archie and Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. They’re both really well-done books; they’re just really spotty in their release.
Okay. The soapbox is put away. Instead, let’s celebrate a potentially fun book.
From Archie Comics:
Fan-favorite writer Frank Tieri (THE HANGMAN, Wolverine) and artists Pat & Tim Kennedy (THE DEATH OF ARCHIE) deliver a new wave of madness in October with a brand new ongoing series spinning out of the bestselling JUGHEAD: THE HUNGER ONE-SHOT!
During the full moon, Riverdale falls under siege. After discovering his dark lineage in March’s JUGHEAD: THE HUNGER ONE-SHOT by Frank Tieri and Michael Walsh, Jughead Jones struggles to put his past behind him with Betty Cooper: Werewolf Hunter and Archie Andrews hot on his trail!
“We purposely left the door open with the one shot, we told you if you made JUGHEAD THE HUNGER a hit we’d make more– and since you more than held up your end of the bargain– here we are,” said writer Frank Tieri. “Fans can expect more of everything they loved about the one shot now as we expand our universe– more werewolf Juggie, more bad ass Betty, more conflicted Archie and more twists and turns than you can shake a severed arm at.”
Artists Pat and Tim Kennedy, known for their work on the LIFE WITH ARCHIE series and the headline-making event THE DEATH OF ARCHIE, join Tieri in bringing the classic characters into a world twisted by supernatural elements. Colorist Matt Herms (THE ARCHIES) and letterer Jack Morelli (AFTERLIFE WITH ARCHIE) will also add their talents to the series.
“They’re doing a great job, capturing the look and feel of the original as much as possible while still bringing their unique style to the table,” said Tieri.
The new series debuts in comic shops and on digital platforms just in time for Halloween on October 25th, 2017 and features covers by Francesco Francavilla, Robert Hack, and Michael Walsh.
Beware Jughead’s hunger – and watch out for the full moon!