Jughead Jones and the South Side Serpents biker gang are roaring into their own solo comic book this January from Archie Comics. The special one-shot issue — inspired by the hit CW series Riverdale — comes from writer David Barnett with art by Richard Ortiz, Matt Herms, and Jack Morelli and follows Jughead on a dangerous solo mission to revive the Serpents for his father.
“Focusing on the South Side Serpents gave me a chance to bring in the darkness and edginess of Riverdale but blend that with a little fun, as well,” David Barnett said. “I hope fans of the show and fans of the comics will both be able to get a lot out of the story, which features some familiar faces including Jughead, FP Jones, and Toni Topaz. . . . I got to throw all my Kerouackian road trip fantasies in with Hunter S. Thompson’s Hell’s Angels, and add a very healthy dollop of one of my favorite movies, The Warriors.”
Richard Ortiz set the tone for what we can expect from the book, visually: “My personal Archie-style coordinates are Jaime Hernandez and Fiona Staples. I’m a big fan of Twin Peaks, which is in the DNA of the Riverdale series, and classic Archie with its suburban Americana aesthetic that is in the core of the David Lynch series. So I had this full circle of inspirations and links to work with, and have lots of fun.”
“I’ve known David and Richard a long time and have wanted to work with both of them,” said Archie Comics Co-President Alex Segura. “David’s a pro — a journalist who’s written some great comics. Richard has a clean, memorable line and is an editor’s dream. So, when we knew we wanted to spotlight the South Side Serpents corner of the Riverdale universe, it made sense to pair them together. The end result is a dark, compelling, and unique take on some of fans’ favorite characters — plus plenty of surprises.”
The South Side Serpents will be ON THE SHELF January 21, 2021.
Script: David Barnett
Art: Richard Ortiz, Matt Herms, Jack Morelli
Cover: Richard Ortiz
Variant Cover: Tyler Boss
32-page, full color comic
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