TPM reports, ‘Archie’ Will Die Saving Gay Friend In Comic Book:

Archie Andrews will die taking a bullet for his gay best friend.

The famous freckle-faced comic book icon is meeting his demise in Wednesday’s installment of “Life with Archie” when he intervenes in an assassination attempt on Kevin Keller, Archie Comics’ first openly gay character. Andrews’ death, which was first announced in April, will mark the conclusion of the series that focuses on grown-up renditions of Andrews and his Riverdale pals.

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

Mediaite notes how loaded the ending storyline is with political correctness:

All of the hot topics of today are involved in the storyline: the death takes place in a future where Archie, Betty, Veronica, and everyone else are all adults, and Kevin Keller, the first openly gay character in the comics, is now a US Senator fighting for gun control.

There’s so much that could have been done with this.

Why didn’t Archie, on his last day on this earth, invent a cure for global warming?

Or maybe he did.  We’ll have to wait and see when it’s published.

I think I’ll miss it.  Just like I missed every other Archie story.

[Featured Image: Final Archie Cover]