There are certain comic book power couples — such as Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy, or Betty Cooper and Veronica Lodge — who are so magnetic, so charming, so delightful that when both characters are on the page together, basically nothing else matters. But what happens when you get more than one power couple together?
This spring, Harley, Ivy, Betty and Veronica will answer that question in Harley & Ivy Meet Betty & Veronica, a new six-issue collaboration series from DC and Archie Comics co-written by Marc Andreyko and Paul Dini, and illustrated by Laura Braga.
As it turns out, Gotham City and Riverdale just so happen to be rather close to one another geographically, separated only by lush wetlands. Harley and Ivy make the jump over to Riverdale when news breaks of a plan to destroy the wetlands as part of the city’s expansion.
As Harley and Ivy are wont to do, they kidnap Betty and Veronica in hopes of holding them as leverage to save the wetlands. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Dini said that he’d barely finished reading the pitch for the collaboration before he was totally sold on the idea.
“I’ve always wanted the chance to play in Riverdale and to help Harley and Ivy invade it is a dream come true,” Dini said. “Writing this series with [Andreyko] 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.”
If you’ve ever read an Archie comic or even glanced at Riverdale, you know that neither Betty nor Veronica are the type to simply accept being kidnapped and used as pawns. But by that same token, though, Ivy isn’t one to just give up on an imperilled patch of land — and whatever Ivy’s down to fight for, Harley’s down as well.
We’ll find out which pair will come out on top when Harley & Ivy Meet Betty & Veronica hits shelves this October.