Archie Unveils 2 Horror Miniseries Based on Classic Characters

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The comic book publisher has plans for 'Blossoms 666' and 'Jughead: The Hunger vs. Vampironica.'

The latest Archie Comics characters to get a horror makeover won’t come as a surprise to fans of The CW’s Riverdale. Following in the footsteps of titles like Afterlife With Archie, Vampironica and Jughead: The Hunger, it’s time for Cheryl and Jason Blossom to face the darkness within.

Blossoms 666, a new series by Cullen Bunn and Laura Braga, reimagines the troublesome siblings as literal devils… or, at least, one of them is. To the outside world, Jason and Cheryl may seem like the popular kids at Riverdale High, but secretly, they’re competing for the position of antichrist. In a statement from the publisher, Bunn said that the new series, which will launch in January, is “one part Omen, one part Cruel Intentions, all Archie!”

The series, announced ahead of the Netflix debut of The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina on Oct. 26, continues the Archie tradition of reimagining its wholesome characters in horror settings. (Chilling Adventures is, itself, inspired by a 2014 comic book of the same name.) Even as Blossoms 666 opens up another front in the seeming terrorizing of Riverdale, another comic book series announced by the company on Thursday combines two earlier series in one fight-filled storyline.

Jughead: The Hunger vs. Vampironica does exactly what the title suggests, with the creative team of The Hunger — Frank Tieri and the art team of Pat and Tim Kennedy — setting the horror-ified versions of Jughead Jones and Veronica Lodge against each other in what the publisher is describing as “an all-fangs-bared fight to the gory finish.” That miniseries will launch at an unspecified point in 2019.

Both series will be part of the Archie Horror imprint, which was launched in 2015.