Preview: Archie and Betty Draw the Wrath of Vampironica in Her Next Issue

Veronica’s got some shit to deal with—not just Vampire stuff!—in Vampironica #2.
Veronica’s got some shit to deal with—not just Vampire stuff!—in Vampironica #2.
Image: Greg Smallwood and Jack Morelli (Archie Comics)

There are two kinds of drama in Vampironica’s gothic-horror-tinged version of Riverdale. Vampire drama is one, obviously, because it’s in the name of the series. The other is a Riverdale tradition: relationship drama! And our vampiric heroine Veronica uncovers a whole heap of it in this preview of the second issue.

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We loved the debut issue of Greg Smallwood, Megan Smallwood, and Jack Morelli’s Vampironica, which gave us a glorious, bloodsucking version of Riverdale’s queen bee Veronica as a recently-turned vampire trying to protect her friends from other creatures of the night that now stalk the town. But as this exclusive preview of Vampironica #2—set in a flashback to the night Veronica’s parents were murdered and she was first turned into a vampire—shows, sometimes her concerns are less noble when it comes to the love life of a certain Archie Andrews.

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Image: Greg Smallwood and Jack Morelli (Archie Comics)
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Image: Greg Smallwood and Jack Morelli (Archie Comics)
Illustration for article titled Preview: Archie and Betty Draw the Wrath of Vampironica in Her Next Issueem/emem/em
Image: Greg Smallwood and Jack Morelli (Archie Comics)
Illustration for article titled Preview: Archie and Betty Draw the Wrath of Vampironica in Her Next Issueem/emem/em
Image: Greg Smallwood and Jack Morelli (Archie Comics)
Illustration for article titled Preview: Archie and Betty Draw the Wrath of Vampironica in Her Next Issueem/emem/em
Image: Greg Smallwood and Jack Morelli (Archie Comics)
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Check out a few more covers for Vampironica #2 below, making its debut here on io9, as well as a new trailer catching you up on what you missed if you didn’t pick up the first issue.

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The main cover for Vampironica #2.
The main cover for Vampironica #2.
Image: Greg Smallwood (Archie Comics)
Francesco Francavilla’s variant for Vampironica #2.
Francesco Francavilla’s variant for Vampironica #2.
Image: Francesco Francavilla (Archie Comics)
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Robert Hack’s variant for Vampironica #2.
Robert Hack’s variant for Vampironica #2.
Image: Robert Hack (Archie Comics)

Fang-tastic. Vampironica #2 hits shelves next Wednesday, May 30.

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Screw it. They should just make this season 3 of Riverdale. After season 2's problems, I don’t think anyone will mind.