Archie Comics, shaking up their stable of comic book characters (with the recent demise of 'Jughead Jones' who turns into a 'zombie'), have now revealed how they plan to kill off their superstar 'Archie Andrews' in the pages of "Life With Archie" #36, concluding the series that focuses on mature renditions of Archie and the rest of the 'Riverdale' gang including 'Betty' and 'Veronica':
Archie will be killed when he intervenes in an assassination attempt on 'Kevin Keller', Archie Comics' first gay character.
"The way in which Archie dies is everything that you would expect of Archie," said Jon Goldwater, Archie Comics publisher and co-CEO.
"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...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."
"'Archie has and always will represent the best in all of us—he’s a hero, good-hearted, humble and inherently honorable.
"This story is going to inspire a wide range of reactions because we all feel so close to Archie.
"Fans will laugh, cry, jump off the edge of their seats and hopefully understand why this comic will go down as one of the most important moments in Archie’s entire history. It’s the biggest story we’ve ever done, and we’re supremely proud of it.'"
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