Following the relaunches of Archie, Jughead, and Betty & Veronica by the likes of Mark Waid, Fiona Staples, Chip Zdarsky, Adam Hughes and others, Archie Comics has announced that everyone’s favorite scamp, Reggie, will get the “new Riverdale” treatment in December.
Tom DeFalco, who wrote the final issue of the traditional Archie title, will write the new series, titled Reggie & Me. He’s joined by artist Sandy Jarrell, whose previous work includes DC Bombshells, Batman ’66 and Meteor Men. Kelly Fitzpatrick and Jack Morelli round out the creative team.
“It’s a great honor to be paired with a dynamic and fun artist like Sandy on one of my favorite characters,” DeFalco said in a press release. “Reggie Mantle has been called a self-aggrandizing egotist, a sinister super-villain, a merciless monster and worse, but his dog loves him. Sandy and I intend to show all the doubters and haters exactly why Reggie should be named the true master of this universe … or else!”
Jarrell, who has provided variant covers recently for Marvel and Archie, has a wonderfully clean art style that should fit well in the new Archie universe. I’m looking forward to seeing some interior art when it’s available.
“The town of Riverdale has been part of my life as long as I can remember, and there couldn’t be a more exciting time to visit,” Jarrell said. “Reg is more than a little salty he had to wait this long for his solo relaunch, so [we have] to make this count. I, for one, have no intention of getting on Mantle’s list.”
Solicitation text and all the covers can be found below:
REGGIE AND ME #1
There is no one more loved, revered, admired and adored in Riverdale than… Reggie Mantle? Well, at least Reggie doesn’t think there’s anyone as loved and admired as himself. And his best friend can back that idea up—his best friend, of course, being his dog, Vader. The unstoppable duo is known around town for pulling the funniest pranks, getting the hottest dates and throwing the best parties. And if anyone even dares to compete with them, there is going to be hell to pay. Come take a look at the life of your hero, the handsome, hilarious Reggie Mantle.
Script: Tom DeFalco
Art: Sandy Jarrell, Kelly Fitzpatrick, Jack Morelli
Cover: Sandy Jarrell, Kelly Fitzpatrick
Variant Covers: Ben Caldwell, Derek Charm, Ron Frenz with Elaina Unger, Robert Hack with Steve Downer, Ryan Jampole, Thomas Pitilli, Wilfredo Torres with Elaina Unger, Michael Walsh
Blank Sketch Cover Also Available
On Sale Date: 12/7
32-page, full color comic