With Free Comic Book Day not far off, publishers are deciding which titles of theirs best showcase their current vision as they hope to persuade diehard and casual customers alike to sample their wares. Oftentimes, a bit of synergy is at play as a property that is currently enjoying some sort of adaptation is given the spotlight. Not surprisingly, the folks at Archie have opted to shift the focus from Sonic The Hedgehog to Riverdale.
Factoring in that new promo material is constantly circulating for the upcoming CW series, as well as spinoff chatter already occurring, putting out a free comic tying into the much talked about show isn’t a bad move at all. Sure, Sonic fans may disagree and we hope they eventually get to read the tale they were promised, but business is business.
An official synopsis for the sampler can be found below, as well as the creators contributing to the project:
Written by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, Brian E. Paterson, James DeWille. Art by Elliot Fernandez, Thomas Pitilli, Thomas Chu, Janice Chiang. Cover by Francesco Francavilla
Learn the secrets and hidden tales from the summer before the eternal love-triangle begins in this special issue. Featuring two short stories focusing on the major players and events in the Riverdale series: Spend some time at Archie’s summer construction job and learn how it leads him to a fateful encounter with the alluring music teacher, Ms. Grundy. Find out more about Veronica’s mysterious life in New York, before the shocking event that would send her family scrambling. You dare not miss this special FCBD version of the commemorative one-shot issue that serves as a prelude to the CW Riverdale TV series!
Be sure to pick up your free copy of Riverdale at your local comic shop on Saturday, May 6.