Archie Will Die Taking A Bullet Meant For Gay Friend

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Archie Will Die Taking A Bullet Meant For Gay Friend

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Are you sufficiently shocked into buying the penultimate issue of Life With Archie?

As circulation-generating stunts go, this one is pretty ballsy. We've known since April that Archie comics plans to end the revival of Life With Archie with the death of the main character. And now we know how. It was revealed late last week that Archie Andrews will die in issue #36, taking a bullet intended for Kevin Keller, Archie Comics' first openly gay character.

During its original run from 1958 to 1991, Life With Archie was an anthology series of sorts, featuring the Archie gang in various adventures ranging from amateur crime-fighting to treasure hunting, with occasional forays into alternate universes where the kids were super heroes or secret agents. The series was revived in 2010, this time with continuing from the five part parallel storyline Archie Marries Veronica/Archie Marries Betty series, in which, well, you can guess. This version of Life With Archie often deals with real world sociopolitical issues, and focuses on the adult incarnations of the Archie gang, and features two separate storylines branching from both of his possible marriages.

In the revived series, Kevin Keller is a military vet and politician who becomes an advocate for gun control after his husband is involved in a shooting. While the publisher hasn't revealed the identity of the shooter nor whether or not Kevin's political views will play into the story, it is confirmed that the shooter is "a stalker," and that Archie will die the same way in both the Betty and Veronica storylines. His death(s) will occur in the second-to last issue, with the final issue devoted to the aftermath.

"The way in which Archie dies is everything that you would expect of Archie," Archie Comics publisher and co-CEO Jon Goldwater said in a press statement. "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."

Issue #36 will be released on July 23. We'll soon find out whether or not the story is any good, but until then, let's pay early tribute to Archie's sacrifice with the help of our good friend, Jon Bon Jovi:

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Well uh.. Spoilers..?

I don't actually think I can even get this around where I live anyhow, so no.

He'll just come back as a zombie in that afterlife with Archie comic

for the briefest of moments i really, really wanted to watch fox news...

apoplexy incoming in 3...2...

Will his gay friend swear to prevent such incidents happening again, don some lycra, y fronts and a cape and become a new superhero, as well as becoming inexplicably at peak physical and mental condition and inherits 3 billion off his late uncle?

If not, no sale.

Roofstone:
Well uh.. Spoilers..?

I don't actually think I can even get this around where I live anyhow, so no.

I considered it, but I opted not to mark this as having spoilers because the information contained in this article is from the marketing materials for the issue in question. The company itself is revealing the information prior to publication.

RossaLincoln:

Roofstone:
Well uh.. Spoilers..?

I don't actually think I can even get this around where I live anyhow, so no.

I considered it, but I opted not to mark this as having spoilers because the information contained in this article is from the marketing materials for the issue in question. The company itself is revealing the information prior to publication.

Plus it's on the cover of the issue. It's not like this is going to be a huge twist for the reader.

While I'm okay with the art style, I never really got into Archie, as it was kind of before my time. I have gotten into some similar webcomic strips (some of which are NSFW, so no links here) by some guys who did work on the more recent comics, but I never really made the jump.

Roofstone:
Well uh.. Spoilers..?

I don't actually think I can even get this around where I live anyhow, so no.

It will probably be a dream thing and it will undermine its own story. Either that, or they will go all-in with this and it will be one big twist.

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I was under the impression that Archie was a fun goofy comic about the idealistic domestic life of the 60s (Though as the recent gay marriage comic showed, thankfully without the 60s politics). This is...pretty fucking dark. I mean I'm half certain that they're gonna do what Family Guy did (As do all comics) and bring him back to life in a few issues, taking a fair amount of edge away from the tragedy, but if they stick to their guns and make his death stick then...fuck.

erttheking:
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I was under the impression that Archie was a fun goofy comic about the idealistic domestic life of the 60s (Though as the recent gay marriage comic showed, thankfully without the 60s politics). This is...pretty fucking dark. I mean I'm half certain that they're gonna do what Family Guy did (As do all comics) and bring him back to life in a few issues, taking a fair amount of edge away from the tragedy, but if they stick to their guns and make his death stick then...fuck.

Well, this is from the final two issues of a series that runs separately from the main Archie comics, from what I can tell. Archie isn't getting killed off for good, they're just using this as a way to end the series with a bang (not a pun, I promise).

Unless they plan to bring this series back (which I doubt), I highly doubt this is getting retconned. Even if it IS brought back, they can always make it a pre/midquel set before his death, so... No need to do it then, either.

I don't really know much about Archie, so... Take my opinion with a pinch of salt, I guess. What can I say, it's not really that big here in the UK (for obvious reasons).

Sleekit:
for the briefest of moments i really, really wanted to watch fox news...

apoplexy incoming in 3...2...

I caught this article on MSN.com earlier today. The comment section was glorious.

"Rabble rabble rabbe! Leftist, Socialist, Pervert, Liberals are assassinating your good God fearing country! Thanks Obama! Hurf durf durf!"

I'm paraphrasing of course...but not by much.

Roofstone:
Well uh.. Spoilers..?

In the land of comic book marketing, the only way to avoid spoilers is to never read a single preview, news article, cover, or advertisement.

Publishers have a lovely habit of spoiling everything they do before it happens to get people to buy their shit.

All is not lost! Now that it's made public that this is going to happen, Archie can try to avoid it! Good luck, Mr Andrews! Our hearts are with you!

The fact that they spoil this (for Archie fans anyway, I could care less) tells me this is a stupid politically correct PR stunt. Lame. Expected in this day and age... but lame.

Well the message is clear, being friends with those "gays" will get you killed. Tell your children folks.

(and because it needs to be said apparently the above is in no way serious, merely how it aligns that soon after in comic terms of making a gay friend he gets shot due to that gay friend).

Also how did Archie block such a shot, he got that super speed? Not to mention if the killer was aiming at Keller who is presumably behind Archie than...the killer was aiming at Keller's crotch?

erttheking:
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I was under the impression that Archie was a fun goofy comic about the idealistic domestic life of the 60s (Though as the recent gay marriage comic showed, thankfully without the 60s politics). This is...pretty fucking dark. I mean I'm half certain that they're gonna do what Family Guy did (As do all comics) and bring him back to life in a few issues, taking a fair amount of edge away from the tragedy, but if they stick to their guns and make his death stick then...fuck.

Well, the thing is that it is not the Archie who is killed. It is actually Alternate-Future Archie. Apparently, the Archie comics has multiple timelines now.

Random Argument Man:

Roofstone:
Well uh.. Spoilers..?

I don't actually think I can even get this around where I live anyhow, so no.

It will probably be a dream thing and it will undermine its own story. Either that, or they will go all-in with this and it will be one big twist.

Life with Archie is coming to an end, so Archie will stay dead. However, only in this continuity. He'll still be alive as a teenager and presumably, will eventually have a different adult life written for him.

Well I agree with what Blachman says above... this is off the wall crazy.

Yea to be honest... Bob's phrase of 'comics are weird' ain't enough for this! Archie was a simple little story about a fun gentle lad and his friends. Now its got multible time lines self sacrificing death. What next for god's sake, I guess comics are a tough industry but dear lord, when are they doing Age of Archie, Archpoint, world war Archie and The house of Archie. Just seems a little over dramatic but hey its only comics I guess.

But this all makes me a little sad I haven't kept up with that Archie fellow in recent years but I guess thats the nature of time and relivence, not everythnig stays with us forever RIP Archie i'm sure you'll rise again and it'll be fun and health entertainment.

Sounds like they're setting up a sequel to Archie Meets The Punisher.

So, the Punisher is coming back to avenge Archie?

Man, holy shit. I am the Social Justice Warriorest of Social Justice Warriors, to the point where reading these forums sends me into conniptions half the time, and even to me this comes across like they're trying to get a Fox News headline.

Not that there should be anything particularly wrong or notable about a character sacrificing himself for another character, who just happens to be gay, who just happens to be anti-gun-control. Not that there's anything wrong with this storyline, even...but let's not pretend they don't know what they're doing.

Until he gets revived in New 52, then sulks around, has a half-assed character arc, and gropes Power Girl.

... I'm assuming that all of that happens in New 52, based off of most comments I've heard about it.

I like how comic book authors always advertise the big plot twist before you even open the book. Another reason I never understood comics. That said, feels tacky to me. It all feels so setup and stilted.

Is it in any way significant that his friend is gay? Kind of a weird thing to specify. Or is this just how we refer to Archie characters now? "That's the gay one, that's the black one, etc." Maybe next time he'll take a bullet for his Hungarian friend?

Roofstone:
Well uh.. Spoilers..?

I don't actually think I can even get this around where I live anyhow, so no.

I'm still shocked people read this. It's like learning that someone still plays with a stick and wheel ring.

So sales of Archie comics are that bad? eh? So bad that it has come to this?

(And honestly? Isn't this a scene and sordid poor cash grab that the actual comics buying and reading members of the public have become numb to? I mean the pics shown look exactly like how they offed 16 year old Ultimate Peter Parker a few years back. At this point having Archie hunt, kill and eat Jughead would have generated better buzz.)

Spoiler warning, Jughead was the gun man.

You know, I look forward to the day we as a society don't "need" to praise or give attention every time we hear the word gay in a sentence, can we just agree he takes a bullet for a friend, because, that it is the noble thing to do... and a good way to kill off a comic that has no reason to live anymore.

Something tells me they're still going to make Archie comics and Archie won't be dead in them......

RossaLincoln:

I considered it, but I opted not to mark this as having spoilers because the information contained in this article is from the marketing materials for the issue in question. The company itself is revealing the information prior to publication.

Not only that, but I'm pretty sure most of these details were already talked about back when they first announced it. I think the "gay friend" is the only thing I didn't see in the last wave of news.

Rutskarn:
Man, holy shit. I am the Social Justice Warriorest of Social Justice Warriors, to the point where reading these forums sends me into conniptions half the time, and even to me this comes across like they're trying to get a Fox News headline.

Not that there should be anything particularly wrong or notable about a character sacrificing himself for another character, who just happens to be gay, who just happens to be anti-gun-control. Not that there's anything wrong with this storyline, even...but let's not pretend they don't know what they're doing.

They know the outcome. I'm not sure it's a given they intended for the specifics, though.

Then again, I'm not sure I care. If this does catch Fox News' attention, the outcry will be glorious.

Lightknight:
I'm still shocked people read this. It's like learning that someone still plays with a stick and wheel ring.

NO, this is like finding out hoop and stick is still a major seller in the toy aisle.

faefrost:
So sales of Archie comics are that bad? eh? So bad that it has come to this?

Well, no. I mean, Archie still has head-scratchingly good sales in general. It's also worth noting that while Life With Archie is ending, the routine Archie series will continue unmolested.

Though I have trouble seeing how killing the main character as an end to the series is a "cash grab." Ideally, "cash grabs" aren't designed to end your income.

disgruntledgamer:
Something tells me they're still going to make Archie comics and Archie won't be dead in them......

Would that "something" be the publisher, who has made it clear? Or the fact that there's like four other comics[1], none of which have anything to do with this specific one?

I mean, this is literally one of those places where there's no doubt.

[1] Four being the number that specifically name Archie. There are several others which involve Archie and his cast

RossaLincoln:
"The way in which Archie dies is everything that you would expect of Archie," Archie Comics publisher and co-CEO Jon Goldwater said in a press statement. "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."

I think the Comics Curmudgeon would like to have a word with you about that.

http://joshreads.com/

That's about all I have to say about this reveal. Now that I know what is going to happen I actually have no interest in buying that comic at all. However had it remained a mystery then I might still have bought it

Rutskarn:
Man, holy shit. I am the Social Justice Warriorest of Social Justice Warriors, to the point where reading these forums sends me into conniptions half the time, and even to me this comes across like they're trying to get a Fox News headline.

Not that there should be anything particularly wrong or notable about a character sacrificing himself for another character, who just happens to be gay, who just happens to be anti-gun-control. Not that there's anything wrong with this storyline, even...but let's not pretend they don't know what they're doing.

Wouldn't surprise me. The Million Moms outrage over Kevin Keller's wedding meant that book sold out almost as soon as it hit the stands. But if Archie Comics wants to give the far right apoplexy while subverting tropes and boosting their bottom line, I'm not gonna tsk too loudly.

What has been surprising is how well the comics have handled some of their recent "mature" stories, tbh. Even Afterlife With Archie was creepy in a good way; not exactly innovative, but well executed nonetheless. So I'll give them the benefit of the doubt on this one and wait to see how the issue goes down.

So Kevin Keller became a public spokesperson for reductions of civil liberties that do nothing to reduce crime? Is he going to campaign against video games too?

Is he going to take a bullet for a gay friend, or for a friend who happens to be gay? There is a subtle but important difference. In one, the fact that he is gay is the primary it's happening. In the other, it is done because he is the guys friend, but the friend happens to be gay. I hate when someone puts an agenda behind things like this, is all. Is it somehow a more worthy and noble death since the guy is gay? I don't think it's any more or any less heroic. Also, it will be interesting to see if this turns into another attack on gun ownership.

That said: A character like Archie, in the event that they are married to the idea of killing him, should die a heroic death. He is an icon and if it happened in a normal B&E, it would certainly carry much less weight.

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