I read Archie comic books when I was growing up, and when I close my eyes and imagine the impact this would have had on closeted, sure-I-was-the-only-guy-who-was-attracted-to-other-guys-in-the-world me, it's actually really cool.
The land of Betty crazy for Archie, and Archie crazy for Veronica has a new "hunky" teenager join them at school. And now Veronica is crazy for Kevin, but Kevin isn't much interested in Veronica, or any other girl for that matter...
So what is Veronica No. 202 “Isn’t it Bromantic?," Kevin's debut, about?
“Mayhem and hilarity ensue as Kevin desperately attempts to let Veronica down easy and her flirtations only become increasingly persistent.”(That's according to an Archie Comics Statement)
But evidently the hilarity is not at the expense of the gay character:
“Teenagers have a lot of pressure, so it’s important for Archie and the rest of the gang to be accepting.”
- Jon Goldwater, co-CEO of Archie Comics
We'll have to wait until September 1st to read the issue ourselves, but as for me, I've already put mine on hold.
Thanks, Archie! And welcome, Kevin.
You're gonna change lives. And not just in Riverdale.