The Hero We Need Arrives In ‘Betty Cooper: Superteen’ From Archie Comics

by James Ferguson

Riverdale’s favorite girl-next-door is suiting up once more in Betty Cooper: Superteen, a new one-shot from Archie Comics. Based on the superpowered versions of the Riverdale gang dating back to 1965 called Archie’s Super Teens, this update to Betty Cooper’s super alter ego comes to us from writer Danielle Paige, artist Brittney Williams, colorist Matt Herms, and letterer Jack Morelli. The new modernized costume was designed by Robbi Rodriguez.

Archie Comics Co-President Alex Segura says:

The best part about the Archie characters is how flexible and durable they are. They’re icons. So, you can bring in a zombie apocalypse or the B-52s, and if you’re true to the characters, it works. This is another genre-bending example of that, with a Spider-Gwen twist.

The one-shot follows Betty as she’s gifted with super powers and takes the opportunity to level up her constant efforts to help people. A new villain is n the scene and it just might be her BFF Veronica.

Writer Danielle Paige says:

I’ve gotten to write everything from soaps to Oz to fairytales to Mera and Aquaman. Betty and Veronica’s friendship/rivalry is just as epic as those worlds with all its history and drama. And giving Betty and Veronica superpowers super-charges their conflict. I hope that readers enjoy turning the pages as much as loved writing them. And getting to partner with Brittney Williams, whose art just surges with girl power and creativity, was such a joy.

Betty Cooper: Superteen #1 features a main cover from Brittney Williams and variant covers by Michael Allred, Emanuela Luppacchino, Marguerite Sauvage, and Michael Walsh.
Artist Brittney Williams added:

Betty Cooper, a teenage superhero; how cool is that?! You don’t want to miss Betty take on friends and foes in this new series! The art is very similar to what I previously did with Betty and Veronica: The Bond of Friendship, but with some film noir elements and classic superhero looks mixed in.

Segura continued:

Betty is the heart of Riverdale, so the idea of having her don a costume and save the day isn’t a new one. But we wanted to take a decidedly YA approach this time around — to have a story with heart, action and plenty of fun, teen drama. That made Danielle Paige the perfect writer, with her proven track record in the novel and comics space. Brittney Williams is also one of our favorite artists, who showcases a ton of range with this one-shot. If you dig what we’re doing here, please show your support so we can give this A-list team the chance to keep telling these stories.

Betty Cooper: Superteen is set for release on June 10th, 2020.

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