Archie Andrews, comic book fandom’s favorite redheaded guy, is slated to die this July. Much like Superman, Batman, Spider-Man and I don’t know how many other iconic comic book characters, the perennial Riverdale High School student will meet his maker.
Except it won’t be the student Archie who dies, but rather his future self in a flash-forward comic book series called Life With Archie, which has been chronicling the adult life of the ginger-haired teenager for the past 5 years. The comic books detailing his adventures with Betty and Veronica, Jughead, Mr. Weatherbee and Reggie will continue, though you would think that knowing his death is coming in the next few years would cast a pall over most reader’s enjoyment.
We can take comfort in the knowledge that Archie dies a hero and the even surer knowledge that in comic books, no one ever really dies.