‘Archie vs. Sharknado’ is Coming. For Some Reason.

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Sharknado-PromoArchie comics have been having a renaissance lately. It started with the creation of Kevin Keller, Riverdale’s first (openly) gay character, a move that brought them a ton of media attention, and new fans. Then, they decided to get into the horror game with the fantastic Afterlife with Archie, where zombies invade Riverdale. It is a true horror book, that just happened to take place in Archie’s hometown, and man, is it dark. Critics and fans alike went crazy for it, so they decided to continue that success with an update to their Sabrina, the Teenage Witch comic, turning it from a lighthearted teen spoof series into Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. Once again the rave reviews came pouring in. Next, Archie Comics got back into the superhero game, reviving their long dead Red Circle imprint as Dark Circle Comics, featuring such characters as The Fox, The Black Hood, and The Shield. These comics too went on to become critical darlings, and fans can’t get enough.

So this next bit is perplexing. Archie Comics is releasing Archie vs. Sharknado on July 22nd, to coincide with Syfy’s newest low budget sequel to the dumbest franchise ever, Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No! The Sharknado films do have a pretty large and vocal fanbase, so they are smart to publish this crossover, but I can’t help but think it’s a bad idea with all of the positive critical press they’ve been receiving.

Just when Archie and the gang think they can kick back and enjoy a few months of beaches, naps and sun, they’re faced with a storm of sharknados – heading straight for their hometown of Riverdale. 

Archie and his friends have to battle the incoming pop culture storm as it creeps up the “Feast” coast to Riverdale – and then try to save what’s left of their hometown. Who lives? Who dies? Read the book!

The extra-sized 48 page comic will be written by Sharknado trilogy director Anthony C. Ferrante with art by Archie legend Dan Parent.

“Having a chance to crossover the Archie comics with our Sharknado universe has been a dream come true,” Ferrante said. “Riverdale will never be the same and I know fans are going to get a thrill out of seeing Archie, Betty, Veronica and the rest of the gang unleash their inner Fin Shepards.”

“I can’t tell you the thrill of working on Sharknado. I might be the biggest Sharknado fan, watching multiple airings of the movies, going to theatrical screenings. attending the Riff Trax versions and then buying the DVDs,” Parent said. “So to be able to bring Sharknado into the world of Archie is a dream come true. And to be working on it with Sharknado director Anthony C. Ferrante is the icing on the cake! I promise to put my all into this project to make all the Sharknado – and Archie – fans proud!!!”

Archie vs. Sharknado hits comic shops on Wednesday, July 22nd, with Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No! airing later that night a 9pm on Syfy.

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