Perennial comics favoritewill reach its 700th issue this fall, with a new creative team and a slightly more -inspired storyline. Nick Spencer (Secret Empire) will write, with art by Marguerite Sauvage (Bombshells United, Immortal Hulk).
Speaking to, Spencer said fans can expect the comic to lean into a more soap operatic story, one that “the Riverdale audience can appreciate and enjoy.” He was, however, quick to point out that longtime fans of the family-friendly comic shouldn’t fret: There won’t be any teacher-student relationships, or intimations of possible incest between the Blossom siblings.
“Archie Comics has a long, proud history,” the writer explained. “I don’t want to blow things up or do anything that would upset the long-term audience. It’s more like finding some conflicts that have some stakes, upping the drama level a little bit.”
“There is no mature reader’s label on this book,” Spencer continued. “I have a pretty decent sense of what I can get away with.”
The first run of Archie began in 1942 and ended in 2015 with Issue 666. Shortly thereafter, Mark Waid and Fiona Staples relaunched the series with a new #1, which will end this month at Issue 32. Archie #699, a recap issue, will be released in October and sell for $1.
Jon Goldwater, publisher and co-chief executive of Archie Comic Publications, explained the return to the comic’s original numbering as “a way to bring attention to the book again and have a good time.”
The landmark Archie #700 hits stores in November.
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