This January, Archie Comics are taking us into a bleak, post-apocalyptic future in the sci-fi one-shot ARCHIE VS. THE WORLD from writer Aubrey Sitterson and artist Jed Dougherty.
Speaking about the series, Sitterson said “After the fantastic reception to ‘Jughead the Burgarian,’ the brilliant Jamie Rotante was eager to get Jed and I doing a full one-shot at Archie. It was actually her suggestion to do something that riffs on Fury Road and, as an avowed fan of the Mad Max series, I was stoked for the challenge.”
He continued, adding “Archie, Betty, Veronica, Jughead . . . they aren’t merely characters; they’re archetypes. It’s a credit to the many creators who have depicted them over the years that not only does each Archie character have well-defined, easy-to-grasp personalities but physical appearances that are just as iconic and distinct. As a result, not only is it a cinch to pick them up and plop them into diverse, unexpected genres but doing so is a huge part of the fun.”
The one-shot sees Archie face off against Reggie in a brutal fight for control of a secret water source, prized for its rarity in the devastated future setting. The gang uses souped-up vehicles and weapons to eke out their existence, including a radically customized version of Archie’s classic broken down jalopy which will be familiar to longtime fans of the 80-year-old publisher. The one-shot will also feature a variety of iconic Archie characters, including reimagined versions of Sabrina the Teenage Witch and Josie and the Pussycats.
Here’s the official solicitation info:
ARCHIE VS. THE WORLD (ONE-SHOT)
In a post-apocalyptic future, our hero Archie Andrews is cursed to walk the world alone—well, alone with his souped-up jalopy. But Archie can defend himself—in fact, he’s the master of a brutal, deadly form of martial arts and must use his skills when he comes face-to-face with his rival and evil mirror image, Reggie. This action-packed one-shot is equal parts Mad Max: Fury Road and The Fist of the North Star, and reunites the “Jughead the Burgarian” team from the smash-hit comic THE BEST ARCHIE COMIC EVER!
Script: Aubrey Sitterson
Art: Jed Dougherty
Colors: Matt Herms
Letters: Jack Morelli
Cover: Jed Dougherty
Variant Cover: Aaron Lopresti
On Sale Date: 1/18
32-page, full color comic, $3.99