Archie Comics announces Archie Horror imprint

SabrinaArchie Comics has announced an imprint entitled Archie Horror, which will include two existing titles along with an as-yet-unspecified new series.

The imprint will cover Afterlife with Archie and The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, two horror comics starring new versions of the previously-wholesome Archie characters. Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, Chief Creative Officer at Archie, spoke to Entertainment Weekly about the unusual path in which he is taking the Archie properties:

“In retrospect, the idea of mixing teenagers and horror is like, the biggest no brainer on the planet!” says Aguirre-Sacasa. “It’s weird because, in Afterlife there are dark, dark things—but it’s also funny! Its tongue is planted firmly in its cheek. But with Sabrina, it’s really, really dark, and only getting darker. We’re halfway through issue three now, and I would say the darkest comic book I’ve written, and the weirdest comic book I’ve written.”

However, Aguirre-Sacasa is remaining tight-lipped about who will star in the third Archie Horror title:

“I can tell you that it will be centered around a major Archie character,” teases Aguirre-Sacasa. “She has appeared in one of our books before. And [the book] will be in a genre we have not explored or even hinted at in Sabrina—in Afterlife, we’ve only hinted at it a tiny, tiny bit. And it will be set in the present.”

The next issues of Chilling Adventures of Sabrina and Afterlife with Archie will be published in April and May respectively.