Riverdale (not to be confused with Rivendell) hasn't exactly been the safest place lately. Predator showed up, bringing with him his enjoyment of the hunt. On July 22, an adverse weather condition will arrive, as a Sharknado is slated to hit. That's right. This summer, Riverdale will get hit by a swirling bevy of sharks in a new comic written by Anthony C. Ferrante and illustrated by Dan Parent. The "shark-tacular" extra-sized 48-page issue serves as a nice appetizer to Sharknado 3, which debuts on Syfy the same day the book is released in comic shops and digitally: Wednesday, July 22.
"Having a chance to crossover the Archie comics with our Sharknado universe has been a dream come true," Ferrante said. "Riverdale will never be the same and I know fans are going to get a thrill out of seeing Archie, Betty, Veronica and the rest of the gang unleash their inner Fin Shepards."
It's that time of year in Riverdale! The end of the school year. Time for beaches, barbecues, fun in the sun and... SHARKNADOS!?! That's right, get ready as Archie and the gang brave the storm of a tornado full a sharks that riffs off the pop culture phenomenon known as Sharknado! The story unfolds as sharknados are spotted on the “Feast” Coast. Our heroines have to figure out how to get back to Riverdale, where the storm is about to hit next. Soon Archie and the gang go, go, go as they battle the Sharknado-ravaged Riverdale! Who will live? Who will die? Will this take a BITE out of the end-of-the-year prom? Uh....probably!
"I can't tell you the thrill of working on Sharknado. I might be the biggest Sharknado fan, watching multiple airings of the movies, going to theatrical screenings. attending the Riff Trax versions and then buying the DVDs," Parent said. "So to be able to bring Sharknado into the world of Archie is a dream come true. And to be working on it with Sharknado director Anthony C. Ferrante is the icing on the cake! I promise to put my all into this project to make all the Sharknado - and Archie - fans proud!!!"
Full press release below.