11 Groundbreaking Female Comic Book ArtistsGifts for the ‘Archie’ Comics Fan in Your Life Stay on target Riverdale is the CW’s darker take on the Archie comics, and new trailers released show off what exactly that means. It involves possible murder, forbidden love affairs, and tons of secretsIn a trailer released Monday, we get a glimpse at an affair between student Archie and Ms. Grundy. Archie seems conflicted as he wonders what to do about the death of student Jason Cherry.People clearly know more than they’re letting on. Riverdale is looking like one part Twin Peaks and another part Pretty Little Liars. The show will also feature a number of personal dramas between the characters, including a rift between Archie and his best friend, Jughead. In just 30 seconds, we see that there’s going to be a lot going on.On the surface, this seems like a strange turn for the famously light-hearted comic series, but Archie has experimented with different tones before. Most of us who are unfamiliar with the comics know about the eternal love triangle between Betty, Archie, and Veronica, but the characters have also dealt with death, guns, the supernatural, and zombies. Sabrina the Teenage Witch and Josie and the Pussycats are a part of the Archie “Riverdale” universe. The series is many things, and sure, subversive can be one of them.If anything, this is just another piece of the decades-long history of the Archie comics.The show is being written and developed by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, who is the chief creative officer at Archie Comics and is being executive produced by Greg Berlanti, who’s behind many shows in the CW Arrowverse and Supergirl.K.J. Apa will star as Archie. Cole Sprouse will play Jughead, Camila Mendes will be Veronica, and Lili Reinhart will play Betty. The cast will be packed with other characters from the Archieverse, including Josie (from the Pussycats), Ethel, and Cheryl Blossom.Riverdale premieres Jan. 26 on the CW network.