Archie Comics plans to kill off its lead character Archie Andrews by having him take a bullet for an openly gay character, Kevin Keller.
According Mediaite.com, Archie's death takes place in "Life with Archie" No. 36, which is set in the future when the high school kids are all adults.
Keller is a married U.S. Senator who is fighting for gun control after his husband is involved in a shooting. Archie saves Keller from being killed by a stalker.
"The way in which Archie dies is everything that you would expect of Archie," Jon Goldwater, publisher and co-CEO of Archie Comics, told the Associated Press. "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.
“We wanted to do something that was impactful that would really resonate with the world and bring home just how important Archie is to everyone,” Goldwater added. “That’s how we came up with the storyline of saving Kevin. He could have saved Betty. He could have saved Veronica. We get that, but metaphorically, by saving Kevin, a new Riverdale is born.”
Because his death is set in the future, Archie Andrews will still live on in present day comics.
"Archie is not a superhero like all the rest of the comic book characters," Goldwater stated. "He's human. He's a person. When you wound him, he bleeds. He knows that. If anything, I think his death is more impactful because of that. We hope by showing how something so violent can happen to Archie, that we can, in some way, learn from him."