Riverdale goes all Rainbowdale
In a leap forward in diversity representation, the Archie Comics universe now has its very own homosexual, Kevin Keller. Now, I’m not entirely sure this isn’t just an Onion article, like that one about the letter D dropping sponsorship over the openly gay Muppet, Roger, but it still makes for an amusing headline.
I can’t help but see this as yet another jump of the shark from the Archieverse. Let’s face it, this comic stopped being relevant long before Archie’s creepy 40’s crosshatch hairdo did. First talk of marriage, and now a blonde, blue-eyed gay, like the Archie comic version of that gay guy on Melrose Place. Snore. If Jughead comes out as trans I’m picketing somebody.
I should admit I’ve never been at all fond of Archie and his pals. I find the digest format awkward and frustratingly destructive to spines, and let’s say the obvious: it’s creepy they don’t age. I keep retconning the story to make sense, and it inevitably leads to a secret government project and Archie finding out he’s a complex android who is nonetheless not human. If that turned out to be the melancholy, existentialist case I might be excited about the revelation, but for now I’m putting down the annoyingly small comic book and walking away.