Who doesn’t love Archie comics? Nothing was more satisfying than reading the tiny adventures found inside Bazooka gum (or, of course, the full-size ones). However, conservatives now have a reason to hate the beloved hero of the series.
Archie Comics publisher and CEO Jon Goldwater has opened up on how they will end the grown-up version of the Archie comic, Life With Archie. Archie will die as one would expect: heroically and selflessly, saving the life of a friend–and in a development that is causing conservatives’ heads to spin, that friend is an openly gay, would-be victim of gun violence.
In issue 36, the series’ first openly gay character, Kevin Keller–a married military veteran and newly elected Senator who ran on a platform of gun control–will become the target of an assassination attempt. “The way in which Archie dies is everything that you would expect of Archie,” Goldwater told the AP. “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.”
“We wanted to do something that was impactful that would really resonate with the world and bring home just how important Archie is to everyone,” Goldwater explained. “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.”
Archie’s murderer is a stalker who wants to destroy Keller, but Goldwater refused to spoil the killer’s identity. He says that he hopes, through Archie’s death, to teach readers of the realities of gun violence. “We hope by showing how something so violent can happen to Archie, that we can – in some way – learn from him.”
Naturally, given that Archie heroically prevented one of “the gays” from perishing at the hand of one of their favorite things in the whole, wide world, conservatives are outraged. The comment section on a Rolling Stone piece concerning the comic exploded with delicious right-wing tears: