DC Comics and Archie Comics are teaming up to create Harley & Ivy Meet Betty and Veronica. This new six-issue miniseries will be created by the team of Paul Dini and Marc Andreyko, with art by Laura Braga.
Paul Dini is of course one of the co-creators of Batman: The Animated Series. Harley Quinn originated from Batman: The Animated Series and has become a popular characters in comics. Dini has recently been working on back up stories on the Harley Quinn Rebirth series. It will be a refreshing change of pace to see him help write the big story.
Paul Dini told DC Comics, “It’s the sort of offer you scream out ‘YES!’ to before your eyes reach the middle of the email. I’ve always wanted the chance to play in Riverdale, and to help Harley and Ivy invade it is a dream come true. Marc’s a great talent and a good friend. Writing this series with him has been like sitting on the lawn during summer vacation and reading a big pile of DC and Archie comics. Except we have to stay indoors and type a lot.”
Harley & Ivy Meet Betty and Veronica starts with a plan for free college tuition for all Riverdale residents. The town just needs to build a new campus by draining the wetlands that lie between Riverdale and Gotham City.
The problem with that is Gotham City has a villain obsessed with plant life. Poison Ivy doesn’t want to see the wetlands destroyed for another building. To combat this, Poison Ivy enlists her bestie Harley to kidnap both Veronica Lodge, daughter of Riverdale’s most important citizen, and her friend Betty, she’s counting on some assistance—and mayhem.
Marc Andreyko stated, “When I got the call for this, I was in disbelief! Getting to co-write with Paul on a series bringing four of the most iconic ladies in comics together under one roof for the first time? This must be what winning the lottery feels like! I cannot wait for readers to see what mischief Paul, Laura and I have dreamed up!”
Archie Comics CEO, Jon Goldwater said, “Betty and Veronica are the most iconic friends in comic book history, and now, thanks in no small part to the success of the Riverdale TV show, in pop culture. It made tons of sense to have them crossover with DC’s own female powerhouses, Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy. What you’ll get is a fun story that honors the history of both pairs and adds to it – which is what all great crossovers do. We’re excited by this partnership and we can’t wait for the fans to see what Paul, Marc and Laura cook up.”
Harley & Ivy Meet Betty and Veronica #1 is on sale October 4, 2017.