Monday, June 4, 2018

Archie Comics to Publish ARCHIE 1941 Mini-Series in September 2018

Archie Comics announced today that ARCHIE will be going on hiatus following its 32nd issue for some unspecified amount of time. In its place, the publisher will be publishing a five-issue miniseries titled ARCHIE 1941. The miniseries will feature writing by Mark Waid & Brian Augustyn and artwork by Peter Krause.

ARCHIE 1941 will follow the Riverdale Gang as they graduate from high school in 1941 and head into adulthood as America marches towards World War II:
The series debuts in September, and follows how the Second World War impacts the lives of Archie, Jughead and the rest of the Riverdale gang as the specter of enlistment hovers above them. 
"Through the gauzy shades of decades gone by, it’s easy to imagine that all Americans were on board with the battle against the Axis but it was not so — at least not until the attack on Pearl Harbor,” Krause explained. “Mark and Brian have spun a tale that details the ambivalence, the consequences and ultimately the sacrifices that led us to label those patriots, 'The Greatest Generation.'" 
Augustyn said the series is a chance to see the "lovable characters through the lens of time." “This narrative is a bit more serious and occasionally somber, but I hope we've leavened that with humor and warmth," he said.
I'm not sure how I feel about ARCHIE 1941. I like stories set during the 1940s, but I'm not sure what ARCHIE 1941 means for the future of Archie Comics. I do kind of hope that Waid & Augustyn pull a page from "Riverdale" and turn Reggie into a character of Japanese descent. Mainly because I think it would be interesting if Archie Comics showed a Japanese-American family being uprooted and forced into an internment camp. It's a dark part of American history and I don't remember ever seeing it portrayed in comic books.

ARCHIE 1941 will be published in September 2018.

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