If you watched the CW’s newest hit show Riverdale, and are as obsessed with it as much as I am, you might be wondering what you should do until it comes back for its second season.
Well, I have the solution for you! Read these amazing graphic novels starring Archie and his pals, because these new and improved stories are the closest you’re going to get Riverdale.
1. Archie by Mark Waid (W) and Fionna Staples (A)
I loved this version of Archie. The art by Fionna Staples (Saga) makes these characters much more adult and modern than they’ve ever been, in comic form that is. As of this moment there are three volumes available. The story is very similar to the old Archie comics, Archie and Betty are still trying to figure out what their relationship is, Veronica moves to Riverdale, Jughead is…well, Jughead. It’s all just a more modern take on the teen drama. The story of course still has its silly moments. Definitely worth the read.
2. Jughead by Chip Zdarsky (W) and Erica Henderson (A)
Jughead has always been one of my favorite characters in the Archie-verse. I mean, what’s not to like? Chip Zdarsky’s (Sex Criminals, Kaptara) version of Jughead is still the lovable loaf who is obsessed with hamburgers, but when Riverdale High is taken over by a new drill sergeant-esque principal who takes away the one thing Jughead loves: food, and replaces it with slop, Juggy is determined to take down the new principal. Each chapter has Jughead daydreaming different situations in which he is the hero who helps get back the delicious food. In one he pretends he’s in a Game of Thrones style dream, in another he’s in a James Bond spy dream. The story is sweet, fun and is perfect if you want to read a more light hearted story starring Jughead. Added bonus: Zdarsky writes Jughead as a-sexual! It’s canon!
3. Afterlife with Archie by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (W) and Francesco Francavilla (A)
Afterlife with Archie gives a horror twist to Archie and the gang. Jughead’s faithful companion, Hotdog dies. Sad and desperate Jughead turns to Sabrina (the teenage witch) to help resurrect Hotdog. Juggy didn’t listen to Sabrina’s warning and well, one thing leads to another and now there’s a zombie outbreak. Silly Jughead. What’s even cooler than a horror version of Archie is that the writer, Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, is actually the director, producer and writer of Riverdale! So, if you loved the creativity and grimness of Riverdale and want more dark and creepy then try this teenage-zombie filled comic.
4. Chilling Adventures of Sabrina by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (W) and Robert Hack (A)
Another horror Archie comic you say? Why yes! This time starring Sabrina the teenage witch! Unfortunately we haven’t had the chance to meet Sabrina in Riverdale (here’s hoping we will eventually!). This comic is all about Sabrina and her aunts, Hilda and Zelda, and her cousin Ambrose, in the 1960s. Sabrina’s 16th birthday is coming up and she must decide if she wants to continue being a witch or become mortal. Such a tough decision everyone has to make when they turn 16! Also, the art is just downright amazing. Go check it out already!
5. Archie vs Predator by Alex de Campi (W) and Fernando Ruiz (A)
For fans of Archie and… Predator? Yes. This is quite the mash-up. Archie and his friends go to Los Perdidos Resort for spring break which just so happens to be where Predator is camping out in a nearby jungle. Betty discovers an ancient Columbian shrine which attracts Predator resulting in him following the gang back to Riverdale! This one is great especially because the art is exactly like the Archie Comics style that Archie fans know so well. That mixed with Predator killing people is priceless.
Honorable Mentions (that aren’t quite out yet but you should still read once they do):
Josie and the Pussycats by Marguerite Bennett and Cameron DeOrdio (June 13th, 2017)
Reggie and Me by Tom DeFalco and Sandy Jarrell (October 17th, 2017)
Betty and Veronica by Adam Hughes (November 28th, 2017)