From ARCHIE at ComicSpace:
JUST BECAUSE IT HAS BECOME AN ISSUE THIS WEEK:
The New Style on Betty & Veronica Double Digest
Over the years we have tied to present Archie and his pals in new and exciting ways. Some of them have worked well, such as Manga Sabrina, Little Archie and Katy Keene, others have not been as successful, such as Archie with a mullet. Josie wasn't always a Pussycat, but that was a change that the fans really embraced. This new style is going to be featured in only one 4 part story mixed with classic tales in Betty & Veronica Double Digest #151-154. Classic Archie will be in every other story we publish. We will see what the fans think and if it is well received we may do another, if the fans don't like it we will never do another story with this style. We are going to listen to how our fans respond.
I do want you to be assured that at no point were we ever considering a change to the entire line, we are only talking about one story done in a different style.