If Archie Comics can turn Jughead into a werewolf, then the publisher can pretty much do anything. Jughead may no longer be under the powers of lycanthropy, but supernatural craziness can still attack the pages of Archie Comics at any time—and this is proven by the fact that they are about to turn Veronica Lodge into a vampire.
According to Entertainment Weekly, a new ongoing series called Vampironica will chronicle the adventures of the lovely Miss Lodge after she is bitten at one of those crazy Riverdale parties. Following her bite, she "struggles between sating her bloodlust and trying to find a solution to the undead hordes now plaguing Riverdale."
If that sounds a little crazy, that's because it is—but that doesn't mean it won't be a huge amount of fun. Archie Comics has always taken weird risks like this—not only did the aforementioned Jug-wolf series take place, but The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina and Afterlife With Archie is a part of the Archie Comics universe as well—and there are apparently more supernatural adventures on the way. Take a look at a newly fanged Veronica in this tweet from EW:
The new series will be written by the brother/sister team of Megan and Greg Smallwood. Megan Smallwood tells EW that Veronica is often coming from a place of "selfishness or vanity" and that while she's used to playing her opposite good girl Betty Cooper, she's looking forward to using this new series to explore "more complex aspects of her personality."
Turning her into a vampire will certainly do that, and then some. This latest development is only the latest round of news that proves there is plenty of life left in the almost 80-year-old brand. Not only are the comics alive and well (Sabrina and Josie and the Pussycats counted among them), but they have successfully shifted over to television, with the wacky and addictive Riverdale giving us maple syrup/serial killer conspiracies on The CW, and The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina soon coming to Netflix.
Vampironica will hit the stands on March 14—and you've had a date with it since the very beginning, Archiekins. Will you be picking it up? Is Archie going to go full-on Buffy? Will Betty turn into a mummy? Let us know your thoughts below!
(Via Entertainment Weekly)