Gotham City's Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy are going to collide with Riverdale's Betty and Veronica in a new six issue cross-over miniseries Harley & Ivy Meet Betty & Veronica. While the Batman comics and the Archie Comics are very different - one set in the crime-ridden Gotham City where superheros and villains run the streets and the other set in the small town of Riverdale, where high school drama reigns supreme.
Both of these comics have one thing in common though - their strong leading ladies who make two pairs of unstoppable friends. Both Harley and Ivy and Betty and Veronica have become staples in pop culture with Harley making her big screen debut (portrayed by Margot Robbie) in last year's Suicide Squad, Poison Ivy owning the small screen in Gotham (played by Maggie Geha) and Betty and Veronica (played by Lili Reinhart and Camila Mendes) starring in The CW's latest hit series, Riverdale.
As reported by EW, Harley & Ivy Meet Betty & Veronica will be co-written by Marc Andreyko and Paul Dini with the comics art created by Laura Braga with the first issue of the comic set to hit stores on October 4, 2017. Here is the description of the new comic book series provided by EW (followed by artwork from the mini-series):
The new series will find them pitting their girl power against Riverdale’s most famous pair. When a proposal emerges to drain the wetlands between Gotham and Riverdale, Ivy sticks up for her beloved fauna by enlisting Harley to kidnap valuable heiress Veronica Lodge and her best friend, Betty.
Dini, who was the original creator of Harley Quinn on the animated series Batman: The Animated Series which first established the Harley and Ivy friendship, also commented about getting the offer to play in Riverdale letting Harley and Ivy invade the small town:
“It’s the sort of offer you scream out ‘YES!’ to before your eyes reach the middle of the email. I’ve always wanted the chance to play in Riverdale and to help Harley and Ivy invade it is a dream come true. Marc’s a great talent and a good friend. Writing this series with him 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.”
While villains Harley and Ivy couldn't be more different than Betty and Veronica, it will be interesting to see these strong ladies from different worlds come together celebrating female power in comics.
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