On June 3rd with issue #666 Archie as we know it is finished. The summary from Archie Comics states:
On the eve of the game-changing Archie #1, an all-star cast of Riverdale’s finest creators join forces to celebrate one of the longest-running comic series ever in the much-loved Archie style! Take a look back at Archie’s wonderful life and the many lives he’s lived in a zany, heartfelt and hilarious adventure that will be a must-have for fans old and new – and a can’t-miss, one-of-a-kind collector’s item. A dazzling journey through the world of Archie with plenty of winks and nods to what’s come before, Archie #666 caps off a legendary run of comic excellence while opening the door to the next thrilling chapter-featuring six covers celebrating Archie’s vibrant history that connect to make one giant image!
Then, after a month of grieving our loss, Archie #1 is being released on July 8th:
Comic superstars Mark Waid and Fiona Staples reimagine an icon! Change is coming to Riverdale in this can’t-miss kick-off to Archie’s new ongoing series! Familiar faces return in new and unexpected ways in this must-have #1 issue! As the new school year approaches, you’d think Archie Andrews would be looking forward to classes and fun-but nothing is as it seems in the little town of Riverdale. But is this a one-off or a sign of bigger changes awaiting for America’s favorite teens – and the entire town? Find out in this exciting and remarkable first issue!
Mark Waid? Fiona Staples! My brain doesn’t even know how to process this. I love Fiona, ever since I first picked up the gorgeous Saga #1 she has been one of my favorite artists. And Mark Waid…well I couldn’t even do him justice but Dylan basically worships him (believe he is second only to Jonathan Hickman). I cannot wait to see what they do with Archie and the whole gang from Riverdale. But be prepared when you come in on July 8th, you’ll have a very tough choice to make…which cover to buy! There are 22 covers (including the blank…think of the sketch possibilities!) hands down my favorite is the Fiona Staples cover but I want to know which is your favorite. All of the covers are $3.99 (US) which makes the decision even harder…
So scroll down and take a look at all the covers and vote for your favorite one. And if you’re like me and cannot decide you can pick up to 3 different covers each time you vote.