It was revealed back in April, that Riverdale’s most famous teenager, Archie Andrews, was going to die. The companion book Life with Archie explored the adult life of Archie that spawned out of the parallel universe story “Archie Marries Veronica/Archie Marries Betty”, and the series was set to finish with the death of Archie. It was announced on Monday that Archie will die by taking a bullet for his gay best friend, Kevin Keller.
In terms of what the story means to the Archie legacy, John Goldwater, Archie Comics publisher and co-CEO, remarked
“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. 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. 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.”
Keller was first introduced as the first gay character at Riverdale back in 2010 in the pages of Veronica, which led to his own solo series. He is a married miltary vet and newly elected senator. After his husband was involved in a shooting he opted to push for more gun control, which leads to the assassination attempt on his life that instead claims the life of Archie.
The action takes place in issue 36, while issue 37 will be the last of the series, which jumps a year into the future as Archie’s friends honor the legacy of the Riverdale teen that has been in print since 1941. Archie will continue to appear in other series after Life with Archie finishes. Although there were two distinct futures for Archie, one in which he marries Veronica and one in which he marries Betty, Goldwater confirmed that in both universes Archie’s fate is the same.
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