Betty Cooper, Riverdale’s beloved girl next door, is about to face a very scary problem in Chilling Adventures Presents… Betty: The Final Girl. The one-shot anthology from Archie’s horror imprint will be on sale in February 2023.

When tasked with exploring the popular final girl trope, writer Micol Ostow (Fear the Funhouse) turned to Betty as the choice for that role.

“I’m a diehard horror fan, and I’ve been obsessed with how seamlessly Archie’s been able to integrate different styles, levels, and aesthetics of spookiness into their Archie Horror library,” Ostow said. “And while I don’t have *one* favorite scary movie or book, I’ve always been a sucker for the ‘final girl’ trope. It hit me that Betty would make a fantastic final girl: blonde, kick-ass, capable!”

In the framing story “Rosemary’s Babysitter” by Ostow and artist Laura Braga (Blossoms 666), Betty and Veronica head to a secluded mountain resort for a ski weekend. Betty starts to see dangers everywhere – down every dark hallway and behind each creaky door. Each of the scares introduces a new story starring the ladies of Archie Comics. Stories include “Be Mine or Die” by Casey Gilley (Return of Chilling Adventures in Sorcery) and Natalie Nardozza (Gemini Crisis), and “Melody’s Next” by Sam Maggs (Critical Role) and Carola Borelli (Deadliest Bouquet).

“When Micol Ostow first pitched the idea of doing a ‘final girl’ style story with Betty as the eponymous final girl, I was immediately interested; the idea of a ‘final girl’ is so synonymous with horror that it would be silly not to do it,” Archie Senior Director of Editorial Jamie L. Rotante said. “Every good teen/college horror flick utilizes that idea, so fitting it into the Archie universe was a lay-up. In keeping with our practice of horror anthologies, we also wanted to have there be more than one ‘final girl,’ so, the final girls of Betty, Brigitte, and Melody all came into play!”

Betty: The Final Girl features covers by Laura Braga and Megan Hutchison.

“When considering the covers for Betty: The Final Girl, we kept in mind the survival themes of fear and dread,” Archie Art Director Vincent Lovallo said. “Laura hit the mark perfectly with the eerie atmosphere of the forest, the frightening figure in the distance, and a battle-bloodied Betty who's prepared to face the unknown. And from Betty’s bewildered expression to the neon-like glow of the surrounding demons, Megan’s variant creates an air of uncertainty; which horrors are real and which are fake?!”

It will be in comic shops on February 15.