In the world of comics, it rarely gets whiter than Archie Andrews. The fortunate son of Riverdale, forever vacillating between the affections of blonde, wholesome Betty and brunette heiress Veronica. Outside of Claude Hopper, are there even any Black people in Riverdale?
There is now …
In March's Archie #631, comics' most tumultuous love triangle explodes in a blaze of pyrotechnics as two pop rock icons lock lips. Valerie Brown of the Pussycats is frisky for Riverdale's favorite son, and the three issue arc will set a sultry tone for 2012. Writer and artist Dan Parent told USA Today that the pairing–last explored in 2010 — is the "most romantic story in Archie history."
Steamier than Jughead and a bushel of sliders? That's saying something. Like the recent "Married Life" story line in Life with Archie, this saga will delve into another possible future for the redheaded Romeo, allowing readers to decide whether Archie's better off with Betty, Veronica, or the rhythm section of the Pussycats.
Let's see now … comics fans, by and large, are fairly conservative in terms of their characters. The Flash is Barry Allen. Spider-Man is Peter Parker (mostly). Green Lantern is Hal Jordan. Et cetera. Will they change their alternative rock radio tune and vote for Archie to have jungle fever?
Anything could happen … in theory …