Instead, Goldwater called the series a fresh opportunity to place Archie’s characters in a setting where there is no easy, happy ending with everyone feeling just fine.
“I really view this as Archie’s ‘Walking Dead,’” he said, referring to the Robert Kirkman-created series that has blossomed into a television show with a massive fan base.
The monthly series is drawn by Francavilla with dark, ominous illustrations boasting artistic nooks and crannies.
“We are taking a series of characters known to be lighthearted and young adult-oriented and doing a horror comic with them, so the mood, atmosphere and setting are very important to make this a believable horror and not a comedy horror,” the Eisner Award-winning artist said in an email.
“Fortunately, I am really good at making things dark and ominous.”