It seems hard to believe, but it has been more than three years since the lovable Jughead became a Patient Zero that launched a zombie plague upon the good people of Riverdale (with a little help from Hot Dog and Sabrina), unleashing horror into the world of Archie Comics. Next March, Jughead Jones returns, and he still has a killer appetite.
Announced on Entertainment Weekly on Monday, Jughead: The Hunger is an Archie Horror one-shot, available March 29, 2017. It is written by Frank Tieri (Wolverine), with art and cover by Michael Walsh (Secret Avengers), and will feature variant covers by Francesco Francavilla and Robert Hack.
So what is the book about, since we already saw a zombified Jughead in Afterlife with Archie?
"We answer that age old question as to why good ol' Jug constantly has a hardcore case of the munchies all the time," Tieri told Blastr.
"As you can tell by the covers, it just might have something to do with him also starting to have a hardcore case of being a lot more like Hot Dog than he ever thought.”
The official solicitation text for the comic adds to that, suggesting Jughead's "insatiable appetite" comes from a "sinister place." Moreover, "when a murderous menace is on the prowl, taking the lives of some of the most well-known and esteemed inhabitants of Riverdale, Jughead and his family’s dark legacy comes to light."
So, it sounds like it's a safe bet that werewolves are coming to town.
For Tieri and Walsh, the opportunity to play in the horror sandbox with Archie characters connects them to a childhood spent reading the iconic comics.
"As a kid they were some of the first comics I read; I have very fond memories of my mom buying me the digest versions at the supermarket and me reading them in the cart as she shopped," said artist Walsh. "With the new Archie Horror line and recent re-launch of the Archie-verse, I'm incredibly excited to take these beloved characters in a very unexpected direction."
Added Tieri, "that's the cool thing about what they're doing these days because with stuff like Archie's horror line, Dark Circle comics, etc.: a guy like me can come and play with their toys and blow them to pieces without being given a time out."
Although you have to wait for 2017 to pick up the one-shot, we have a horror-holiday gift for you below, in the form of the exclusive reveal of Francavilla and Hack's variant covers, as well as another look at Walsh's cover. Take a nibble out of the covers below, and if your appetite is whet, sink your teeth into the 48-page book when it drops for $4.99 on March 29.