Riverdale, the television show based on the Archie Comics characters, is getting its own comic book one-shot in 2017.
Set in the television universe, Riverdale will initially be a one-shot comic that will then becoming an ongoing series. Riverdale, the comic book, will be written by Archie Comics Chief Creative Officer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and members of the Riverdale, the television series, writer’s room.
Riverdale #1 doesn’t have a specific release date at the moment, though that may change during the New York Comic Con.
The live-action series offers a bold, subversive take on Archie, Betty, Veronica, and their friends, exploring small-town life and the darkness and weirdness bubbling beneath Riverdale’s wholesome facade. The show will focus on the eternal love triangle of Archie Andrews, girl-next-door Betty Cooper, and rich socialite Veronica Lodge, and will include the entire cast of characters from the comic books—including Archie’s rival, Reggie Mantle, and his slacker best friend, Jughead Jones.
Popular gay character Kevin Keller will also play a pivotal role. In addition to the core cast, “Riverdale” will introduce other characters from Archie Comics’ expansive library, including Josie and the Pussycats.