Archie to be killed saving gay friend
I grew up reading Archie Comics and loving them. It would have been amazing for me if the gay character of Kevin Keller had been a part of the Riverdale storyline back then but better now than never!
In this week’s issue of Life With Archie, our hero Archie Andrews gets shot to death by an assassin’s bullet while saving the life of Kevin who has become a senator fighting for tougher gun control laws.
Keller, a military veteran, is the first gay character in the comic book franchise about the students of Riverdale High. The Life With Archie series focuses on the characters of Archie Andrews, Veronica Lodge, Betty Cooper, Jughead Jones and Reggie Mantle as adults.
In the issue out Wednesday (16 July), Keller is pushing for stronger gun control laws in his role as a newly elected senator.
Archie publisher and co-CEO Jon Goldwater tells the Associated Press that the goal with the issue was ‘to do something that was impactful that would really resonate with the world and bring home just how important Archie is to everyone.
‘That’s how we came up with the storyline of saving Kevin. He could have saved Betty. He could have saved Veronica. We get that, but metaphorically, by saving Kevin, a new Riverdale is born.’
Goldwater adds: ‘The way in which Archie dies is everything that you would expect of Archie. He dies heroically. He dies selflessly. He dies in the manner that epitomizes not only the best of Riverdale but the best of all of us. It’s what Archie has come to represent over the past almost 75 years.’