In 'Afterlife,' Archie Comics veers into horror

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The vibrant, cheerful and safe town of Riverdale is getting a ghoulish makeover.

In "Afterlife With Archie," a series debuting Wednesday, publisher Archie Comics will launch not just its first horror title, but also its first book carrying a rating for teens and older and sold only in comic shops.

Publisher and co-CEO Jon Goldwater says the title is not your "traditional Archie Comic" given the subject matter.

The series written by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and illustrated by Francesco Francavilla sees Archie, Betty, Jughead, Veronica and others, including Sabrina the Teenage Witch, enveloped in a panoply of incantations, elder gods, zombies and the undead.

"It's a hardcore horror book," says Aguirre-Sacasa, who melded his interests and obsessions for the series.

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