As if she didn’t have enough on her plate, with HBO’s Girls and her forthcoming book of essays, Lena Dunham is going into comic books next. Archie Comics has announced that the Girls creator/star will write a four-issue arc of Archie set to kick off in 2015. Though we don’t know much about what subject matter she’ll be tackling, the promo image—parodying the first Girls poster—already has us excited.
Plus, it sounds like Dunham is an actual fan. “I was an avid Archie collector as a child,” she said in a press release. “Conventions, first editions that l kept in plastic sleeves, the whole shebang. It has so much cultural significance but also so much personal significance, and to get to play with these beloved characters is a wild creative opportunity.”
This is the latest move in Archie updating its image, which includes introducing a gay character; having Archie marry Betty and Veronia in “alternate reality” comics; and, most recently, hiring on Marvel writer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa as the company’s new Chief Creative Officer. Aguirre-Sacasa wrote the Archie Meets Glee crossover comic in 2013, and helped broker this deal with Dunham. “Lena’s take on the Archie gang is funny and real and contemporary,” he said. “It’s a stunning fit, and I know fans will be excited to read it. I am!”
At first this news seemed out of left field, but I’ve got to applaud Archie Comics for changing with the times. Now, whatever Dunham has in mind for Archie, Betty, and Veronica likely won’t be as racy as the twentysomething angsts of Hannah Horvath and co. But it’ll be fun to see how her self-aware, tragicomic Millennial observations—and penchant for characters who are woefully out of touch with themselves—lends itself to the Riverdale crew.