Well, this was unexpected.
Revealed tonight to the New York Times, Archie Comics has announced that Eisner winning creators Mark Waid and Fiona Staples will be relaunching Archie with a goal of returning the character to a modern audience, or as Waid himself has said: "Over the years, some of the sharp edges have been sanded off. They are kids, and they should act as kids."
Waid, whose Daredevil run was the impetus that kicked off Marvel's idiosyncratic golden age of the past few years and won him an Eisner for Best Writer and Best Continuing Series in the process, is no stranger to the Archie world. Most recently, Waid was the co-writer with Dean Haspiel on the Archie Comics super-hero series The Fox, which is slated for a relaunch in 2015.
Staples is currently the artist and co-creator on the series that supplanted Daredevil as Best Ongoing Series: Saga. Her work is, for my money, the reason to buy the book. She will be penciling the first three issues of the new series.
This relaunch is the next elevation of the character beyond their Love and Rockets inspired take on that world in Life with Archie, and the zombie-fueled classic Afterlife with Archie. With the upcoming Fox series Riverdale just around the corner, it seems like Archie's public profile may get bigger than ever!
Needless to say, its hard to imagine that this first issue won't be a monumental big seller.