Beloved Comic Book Character “Archie” Will Die Saving His Gay Best Friend

HT_archie_comic_jef_140408_16x9_992There’s really only one way the story can end — you get a gay friend, he starts dating, finally has that first kiss, gets gay married, then you inevitably die taking a bullet for him.

Well, if you’re Archie, that is.

The wholesome tyke who first appeared in comics in 1941 has been reimagined as an adult in the recent and ongoing series Life With Archie, in which gay pal Kevin Keller is a newly elected senator with a military background pushing for gun control in Riverdale after his husband was involved in a shooting.

Sounds like the tune from how many notes can I play at once?

Archie’s planned death will mark the end of the series, and is intended to raise issues of gun violence in America.

But it’s also significant that it’s Keller who is saved.

“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,” said Jon Goldwater, Archie Comics publisher and co-CEO. “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.”

So who’s the shooter?

You’ll have to read to find out.

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