The Archie gang’s openly gay new pal is coming out — with his own comic book. I’m really curious how this is going to read.
Of course, the editor in me prefers brevity and simplicity. Instead of introducing an entirely new character, couldn’t they have just done something with Jughead, Archie’s asexual, food-sublimating friend? Oh, and throw in Reggie and Moose, too. And Ethel. And Mr. Weatherbee. Miss Grundy would make for a a good old-school-lesbian story line. OK, I’m getting carried away.
But is Kevin going to be allowed to be as hormonal, or at least as romantic, as the time-honored triumviarate of Archie, Betty and Veronica? Or will he become another sexless gay character, conveniently introduced for media attention. I mean, I loved the issue in which Kevin was introduced, but the only attraction we really saw was Veronica drooling over the new boy in town. Are two boys actually going to be portrayed as feeling attraction in an Archie comic book?
The Post story:
In a first-of-its-kind title from a major publisher, the gay teen who made his controversial Riverdale debut in a “Veronica” comic last year will headline the character-named “Kevin Keller” in June.
The four-issue series shows how Keller arrived in Riverdale, where he’s become close pals with Archie and the gang. But it will also deal with heavier fare than the typical “Archie” comic — including how the character struggled with coming out to his parents, and bullying.
If the title does as well as Archie co-CEO Jon Goldwater expects, it could lead to an ongoing series for the character, whose presence in the imaginary town would have been unthinkable not long ago. “This is the most important book this company has released in 70 years,” Goldwater said.