Once content to occupy a dusty, quiet corner of the comic-book world, Archie Comics has become one of the most unpredictable and innovative publishers over the last few years. Landmarks have including the openly gay character Kevin Keller and the debut of Afterlife With Archie, a zombie comic that imagines Riverdale in the grips of an undead plague that’s somehow both scary and true to the characters of the Archie universe. On a “surprise” scale of 1 to Lena Dunham penning an upcoming storyline (which is also happening), today’s announcement of the four-issue miniseries Archie Meets The Predator lands somewhere in the middle.
A crossover with Dark Horse Comics, which holds the comics license to the Predator character first seen in the Arnold Schwarzenegger-starring 1987 movie Predator, the series will be written by Alex De Campi, best known for indie titles like Smoke and the B-movie inspired series Grindhouse, and drawn by Archie veteran Fernando Ruiz. Talking to USA Today, De Campi called it a chance to “take this gentle, beloved, classic teen cast and hunt them down and slaughter them one by one.” So, in other words, don’t expect this to be an in-continuity title.
Then again, continuity has always been a little tangled in Riverdale, more so of late, with alternate universes in which Archie marries Betty, marries Veronica, and, most recently, dies. It won’t be the first strange crossover, either. A 1994 one-shot saw Marvel’s The Punisher arriving in Riverdale, and recent years have brought everyone from Kiss to George Takei to town, though both arrived with significantly less alien weaponry.