Monday, December 15, 2014

New ARCHIE #1 Relaunch in 2015!

The big news came later last night from the New York Times, when they announced that Archie Comics will be relaunching ARCHIE with issue #1 in mid-2015. The new series will initially be written by Mark Waid and penciled by Fiona Staples. The goal is to update the Riverdale Gang on the eve of their 75th anniversary:
After nearly 75 years of chasing girls through the halls of Riverdale High and hanging out at Pop Tate’s soda shop, the teenage Everyman Archie Andrews is headed for a makeover.
Plans for the redheaded Romeo include a new look and an edgier tone, which will be introduced in 2015 when the Archie comic book is reset at No. 1 with a new creative team. The effort is timed to celebrate the 75th anniversary of Archie, who was introduced in 1941...

To keep Archie fresh, new talent was sought, including Lena Dunham, who will bring her feminist take to a four-part story in 2015. Mark Waid and Fiona Staples, two comic book veterans, will be the new creative team for the Archie comic.

Mr. Waid said his primary goal was to return Archie to a modern audience, which included restoring the contemporary attitudes that the teenagers of Riverdale had lost. “Over the years, some of the sharp edges have been sanded off,” he said. “They are kids, and they should act as kids.”
The NYT also mentions the planned Fox television series, an apparel line from fashion designer Marc Ecko, a cartoon, a movie (with or without zombies, but possibly with Sabrina), and theme park rides(!!).

2015 looks to be a year for lots of number ones for Archie Comics. We already had Sabrina and heard about Kevin. Of course, there's also the Fox, the Shield, and the Black Hood over at Dark Circle. Now we have a new title featuring Archie. Do you suppose a relaunch featuring Betty & Veronica is too far behind? Heck, this could finally lead to a new title featuring Jughead.

I'm actually pretty excited about these changes. I like how they have handled the characters in AFTERLIFE WITH ARCHIE and I have confidence that this relaunch will be handled well.

3 comments:

Donny Jacobs said...

Jon,

I'm not sure if I'll like this new series (Hell, I'm not even sure if I'll see it . . . other than digests, Archie titles are now hard to find in Kansas City), but it definitely was time for a reboot. I'll know it's for real when Jughead finally loses that Bowery Boys-era beanie!

Jon said...

We gotta keep the beanie!!! ;)

Donny Jacobs said...

Nooooo . . . I SO long to see Juggy in a Sinatra-style stingy brim. Dude would look mondo kewl. Let's shelve the beanie at least once in a while! Ditto for Betty's ponytail hairdo.