“New Riverdale’” Code For Anti-Conservative USA As Archie Dies Defending Gay Friend

The bloody end of Archie Andrews, an appropriate exit for America's whitest comicbook character, in an America increasingly drenched in the blood of violence. Archie reportedly dies trying to save his gay friend "Kevin"—a politician fighting to pass more restrictive gun-control laws.
AP reports today on the news that will no doubt dominate the political discussion this week—and it’s not about Iraq, Ukraine, or immigration.

It’s about Archie! And the political subtext is that Archie Comics has obviously decided the future of America is liberal Democrat—not Republican.

On Wednesday, Archie Comics will kill off their main character, Archie Andrews, and, according to Archie Comics CEO Jon Goldwater, who apparently used the AP story as a glorified press release, Archie will die “heroically”, taking the Jesus shot for his best friend, Kevin Keller, the gay guy.

The cover of the issue (of “Life With Archie”, #36) does not show an appreciative Keller hovering over the blood-covered body of Archie—rather Betty and Veronica kneel, horrified, beside their fallen friend. According to Goldwater, Keller is the victim of an attempted assassination, presumably perpetrated against Keller (a senator) because of his pro-gay and pro-gun-control political agendas.

Andrews, according to Goldwater, dies trying to save Keller, and Goldwater points out that this “heroic” and “selfless” act is a way of cleansing the sins of the old, presumably conservative and wrongheaded Riverdale:
“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. 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.”
The political subtext in that is hard to miss. Riverdale has always been a metaphor for white America. Now its shining star has been cut down by gun violence, while Archie was standing up for, in the most dramatic way, equality and inclusion. The political message seems clear: Riverdale, and America, need to grow up—painfully if necessary—and include all its citizens.

And that means, necessarily, turning away from the hateful, violent politics of the Republican Party, and its dominant (and often deranged) message makers, like the NRA.