If you absolutely insist on killing an All-American hero, might as well send him out like one.
The news that red-headed aww-shucks good guy Archie Andrews was going to be killed off came down in April, a punch to the gut of all that's good and innocent, like Betty spying Archie and Veronica sharing a milkshake at Pop's Choklit Shop.
But now we know at least that Archie is getting the valiant death scene he deserves.
In the "Life With Archie" issue coming out Wednesday, Archie will step in front of a bullet fired at his friend Kevin Keller, according to a report published on Time.com. Keller is the comic's first openly gay character and is a senator in the "Life With Archie" series, which tracks the grown-up lives of Betty, Veronica, Jughead and the rest of the crew.
Comics Alliance provides a little more backstory, for those of us who last visited Riverdale when we were in middle school:
"The story offers a bitter resolution to events that ran through Life With Archie for more than a year, as Kevin Keller’s husband Clay was shot trying to prevent a robbery in Life With Archie #23. This shooting was a catalyst for Keller’s gun control advocacy and political aspirations. Archie’s sacrifice isn’t just a moment of heroism; it offers an unambiguous condemnation of America’s lax gun laws."
Archie Comics CEO Jon Goldwater hinted at the ending in an interview with CNN.com in April. "Archie dies as he lived -- heroically. He dies saving the life of a friend, and does it in his usual selfless way. Archie has always been a representation of us -- the best of us. Our strengths and our faults."
Archie will still live on in other Archie Comics series, but this is the end of the road for "Life With Archie," which will close out after its next issue which revisits Riverdale one year after its favorite son's death.
Though if you can't get enough nostalgia-destroying morbidity, there's also the "Afterlife With Archie" series starring an undead Jughead. An undead Jughead.
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