Preview: ‘The Riverdale Diaries’ Reimagines The Gang As Contemporary Middle-Schoolers

by Brendan M. Allen

And now, for something completely (sort of) different. In The Riverdale Diaries, Vol. 1: Hello Betty!, writer Sarah Kune and artist J. Bone try to re-invent the iconic gang from Riverdale into contemporary middle-schoolers. The gang dynamics and pre-teen angst are as classic as the characters themselves, in an attempt to be fresh and engaging for a whole new generation of readers.

‘Betty Cooper and Val Smith are best friends ready to start middle school. They’ve always done everything together–taken the same classes, played the same games, and created the world of Sparklespacelandia in Betty’s backyard together–so naturally, Betty assumes they’ll continue to be an unbreakable duo once the school year starts.

But Val finds herself drawn toward pursuing a music elective and does it without Betty at her side. Suddenly Betty’s on her own for the first time since Val moved to the neighborhood, and she’s struggling to deal with being lumped in with the loser drama class–that just happens to be dominated by snotty and powerful Veronica Lodge!

Even the presence of other friends like Archie, Jughead, and Sabrina isn’t making Betty feel better about her estrangement from Val. Will Betty and Val find a new way to connect, or has middle school ended their friendship for good?’

Writer: Sarah Kuhn
Artist: J. Bone
$12.99 (TP) / $24.99 (HC)
128 pp, Full Color
On-Sale Date: 10/7/2020

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