Makeover time: Betty, Veronica redesigned by artist Adam Hughes for Archie Comics

After Archie and Jughead, Betty Cooper and Veronica Lodge have been redesigned for a new issue featurign Riverdale's most popular girls

FP Staff April 14, 2016 08:20:10 IST
Makeover time: Betty, Veronica redesigned by artist Adam Hughes for Archie Comics

They've long tread the line between being best friends and jealous rivals. But in the very first issue of their relaunched comic book title, Betty Cooper and Veronica Lodge are waging all out war.

At stake however, is not the affection of Riverdale's favourite redhead Archie Andrews, but the fate of the group's beloved hangout — Pop Tate's Chocklit Shoppe.

Makeover time Betty Veronica redesigned by artist Adam Hughes for Archie Comics

This is the image of Archie, Betty and Veronica that we saw before the publishers relaunched the series

Apparently, Betty and Veronica # 1 will see the soda shop threatened with a takeover by a global coffee chain, and Betty and Veronica are on different sides of the issue.

Makeover time Betty Veronica redesigned by artist Adam Hughes for Archie Comics

The new title will see the girls fight it out over the fate of Pop Tate's Chocklit Shoppe

However, it isn't just what the girls are fighting about, that's new in this edition. It is the girls themselves who have undergone a major makeover.

Makeover time Betty Veronica redesigned by artist Adam Hughes for Archie Comics

This retro panel shows an earlier avatar of Riverdale's best known girls

Artist Adam Hughes has been roped in to create the new look for Betty and Veronica, and it is his vision for the characters that will be seen in the title launched in June.

Makeover time Betty Veronica redesigned by artist Adam Hughes for Archie Comics

When Archie was relaunched last year, Veronica was referred to as a 'Kardashian clone'

"I want my Betty and Veronica to be timely and relevant, but not dated in 10 years," Hughes told Vulture magazine about what his idea was, in transforming the Riverdale residents. He also weighed in on the decades-old question — Betty or Veronica? "I’m Team Betty, all the way," Hughes said. "That being said, Veronica Lodge is delicious good fun to write."

Makeover time Betty Veronica redesigned by artist Adam Hughes for Archie Comics

The looks for Jughead, Betty and Archie in the relaunched 'Archie' series last year

Incidentally, Betty and Veronica had also got new looks when Archie was relaunched last year under the creative stewardship of Mark Waid and Fiona Staples. In those series, Veronica was described as a "Kardashian clone" (by Jughead, no less) while Betty's characterisation was far more grunge than her girl-next-door personality in previous iterations.

Makeover time Betty Veronica redesigned by artist Adam Hughes for Archie Comics

'Vulture' magazine presented a look at the cover of Betty and Veronica # 1, which features the characters as redesigned and rebooted by artist Adam Hughes

But under Hughes' watch, the girls have received a relaunch in which they're the stars, rather than serving as supporting cast members for Archie. Will this one find favour with fans? We'll have to wait to find out.

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