Just months after the final issue of Adam Hughes' Betty & Veronica hit comic store shelves, the iconic duo will get a new, ongoing series -- with a twist.
B&V Vixens, which will launch on November 15 from writer Jamie L. Rotante, artist Eva Cabrera, colorist Elaina Unger and letter Rachel Deering, recasts the pair as "the leaders of the toughest gang in Riverdale, the Vixens."
Fans of the Riverdale TV series will likely recognize the name: the high school cheerleading squad, of which Betty and Veronica are members, go by "The River Vixens."
"Betty and Veronica aren’t just two young ladies who happen to like the same boy—they’re two hard-working, intelligent and strong women who maintain a friendship despite their differences; consistently defying all expectations to overcome the odds stacked against them," said writer Jamie L. Rotante. "That’s something I really wanted to explore with this series—and not just Betty and Veronica, many of the female Archie Comics characters will get a chance to tell their own unique stories in a way that’s fun and action-packed."
The series, which takes place outside of the bounds of the "New Riverdale" continuity of the mainstream Archie and Jughead comics, casts the world of Riverdale in an aesthetic that would not be unfamiliar to fans of DC's DC Bombshells and Gotham City Garage lines.
The publisher describes the book as "an intense and action-packed journey alongside the girls of Riverdale High," and while the book also features plenty of laughs and relationship drama, the Eisner-nominated Kim & Kim might be a good bar for what kind of pacing to expect from the series.
"Working for Archie Comics is a dream come true for me, and this was the very reason I started doing comics!" said artist Eva Cabrera, who also works on Kim & Kim. "I feel this project was meant for me because I adore Motorcycles AND the Archie girls! I'm sure everyone will love it! Besides, who doesn't love all-girl motorcycle groups?"
B&V Vixens is one of three new Archie titles set to launch in the next several months which were announced today, including reboots of The Mighty Crusaders for the publisher's Dark Circle imprint and Cosmo the Merry Martian for Archie Action.
"Archie can do anything," said Archie Comics CEO/Publisher Jon Goldwater. "It’s not just one kind of comic, show or concept. You can do a horror Archie story, you can do a superhero Archie story, you can do a drama or comedy. Archie Comics has a wide, diverse and multi-faceted library of characters and we’re trying new things with our IP in order to keep fans engaged."
You can see the cover for B&V Vixens #1 in the attached image gallery.