The CW's Archie-based Riverdale TV series is getting its own Archie comic

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Oct 9, 2016, 7:12 PM EDT (Updated)

This is getting pretty meta, but stick with us.

The new television series Riverdale, which is based on Archie Comics, is getting its own comic book adaptation. The new comic is not to be confused with Mark Waid’s modern-day reboot comic, simply titled Archie

TV Guide confirmed the new comic is in the works, and also debuted a few preview pages from the project. The new comic will be set in the same universe as the CW series hitting this fall. Unlike the typically happy-go-lucky classic Archie stories, this series looks to add in a murder mystery angle that’s equal parts Twin Peaks and Pretty Little Liars. We’ve already seen the brand successfully stretch into the (awesome!) Afterlife With Archie, so hey, this isn’t that far-fetched.

Here’s what Archie Comics Chief Creative Officer and Riverdale showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa said via a joint statement on the companion run:

"The chance to explore the world of Riverdale in a comic book -- the form that first introduced the world to Archie, the love triangle, his hometown -- was something we couldn't pass up. Believe me, these stories matter. If you're a fan of the show, you'll find that the comics add another layer of conflict and drama. If you're an Archie Comics fan, this series will serve as a great set of standalone stories in the universe of the TV series. We -- myself and the show's writers -- are treating the comics with the same care and attention to detail fans will see on the screen as we weave one, large unforgettable narrative."

The Riverdale comic is currently schedule as a one-shot written by showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa. No word on when it’ll be available, and we’re still waiting on a premiere date for the TV adaptation, as well.

(Via TV Guide)

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