Long before Team Edward and Team Jacob tore the teen world in two, Betty and Veronica of “Archie Comics” fame split the vote of male and female readers alike.
I was a Betty. (All smart people were. Disagree? I’ll still take you.)
So, this is one Betty who’s oh-so-happy to see Veronica finally get her due — that’s rejected, my friends — by Kevin Keller, the hunky new guy in town who she relentlessly pursues after dumping poor Archie yet again in issue #202.
Oh…and did I mention that Kevin is gay?
That’s right. Riverdale is becoming more inclusive, and kudos to the publisher for taking this brave step forward. It’s not their first venture into the 21st century; earlier this year, the comic depicted its first interracial relationship between Archie and Valerie, a member of Josie and the Pussycats.
(That group is still around? I guess there’s still work to be done.)
It’s all part of a master plan to modernize Archie and make the comic more socially relevant. Apparently they have already penned a two-volume “Twilight” parody (see artwork below — how did that get by me), and are planning a future issue inspired by the television show “GLEE!” and some digital apps.
Plus — and I don’t mean to judge here — but doesn’t Archie seem way more creative with Veronica out of his life? Betty must really inspire him… encourage him to do bigger and better things. Archie and the whole comic book seem way less self-involved now that Archie and Veronica are on a break.
You go, Betty.