Over the last few years one of the main focuses at Archie Comics has been reinvention. The publisher has taken risks in order to modernize and mix up the types of stories that they tell with their iconic stable of characters.
This has included series like the zombie apocalypse Afterlife with Archie, the magical Chilling Adventures of Sabrina and even just the rebooted series for Archie, Jughead and others over the years.
This fall that reinvention continues as the publisher will release a brand new series focused on Betty and Veronica that will reimagine the duo, who have long been the two women that Archie Andrews has pursued, as bikers in charge of the meanest gang in town in B&V Vixens, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
“The idea for B&V Vixens came from our own Jamie Rotante, who works in the NY office as a proofreader and editor. She’s a huge talent, and she has a unique and special take on the girls that I just felt like had to be out there,” said Archie CEO and Publisher Jon Goldwater. “It wowed me from the start. I mean, Betty and Veronica as bikers? There’s so much great ground to cover here, it just had to exist.”
B&V Vixens seeks to tap into the popularity of the duo, who Goldwater said are as popular or even more popular than Archie & Jughead, who have headlined their own series off and on since the 1950s. Recently Adam Hughes wrote and drew a short lived Betty & Veronica series that was set in the same world as the rebooted Archie series.
“I couldn’t be more honored and excited for the opportunity to not only let pop culture’s two most recognizable BFFs take center stage, but to give them the opportunity to kick a whole lot of ass along the way,” Rotante said. “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. 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.”
Rotante will be joined by artist Eva Cabrera, who worked on the Black Mask Studio series Kim & Kim. B&V Vixens will launch in November alongside the recently announced The Mighty Crusaders series from the publisher.