A new student is coming to Riverdale High School this fall -- and he's not interested in Betty or Veronica.
Kevin Keller is the newest character to join the 71-year-old Archie comic series, and he's gay. Which explains why Veronica's shameless attempts to throw herself at him produce no results. (Welcome, Veronica, to the rather large club of high school girls who fell for gay guys.) After Kevin beats Jughead in a burger-eating contest at Pop's Chocklit Shoppe (must ... not ... make ... inappropriate ... joke ...), Kevin comes out to him.
"The introduction of Kevin is just about keeping the world of Archie Comics current and inclusive," Jon Goldwater of Archie Comics says in a statement. "Archie's hometown of Riverdale has always been a safe world for everyone. It just makes sense to have an openly gay character in Archie comic books."
The Washington Post writes: "With some comics, these collective changes would qualify as non-news. But in the less-diverse world of Riverdale -- where everything but the sundaes has often been vanilla -- this registers as a major shift."
This is the dinosaur franchise's latest attempt to grab our attention, a year after they tried marrying off its namesake.
Maybe this'll help. The poor, pent-up guys in this stunted universe have always had to pay for womanly affection anyway, as this video shows ...
So add Kevin to this (holy cow) long list of all the gay characters in comic books these days.
In other news: Yes, they're still writing Archie comic books.