I am extremely disappointed with the decision of the Archie Comics company to do this. I grew up with Archie and continued to enjoy it in my adult years because it stood for everything I loved about children’s entertainment: wholesome values, lack of controversy and a focus on teaching morals. It remained clean even as the juggernauts of DC and Marvel delved into extremely controversial topics.
Then this comes along as a shocker. In fact, I think this is insulting, in a way, to people of same-sex attraction. I seriously do not get why this character has such a limelight, and why his homosexuality is so important, when the other characters’ traits are not so emphasized. Why should Kevin Keller, of all people, get to marry when all the other characters remain stuck in relationship limbo for over 70 years? They have made Kevin into what sociologists call the Other, a character they love but is really outside of the social circle; treated more like a trophy pet. It reeks of politicization and the judging by the creator’s portfolio, he seems to be far to keen on teaching kids politics to the point of having President Obama and Sarah Palin appear in an issue, sharing a soda. :shrug:
The creator, Dan Parent, has sadly made Archie Comics into his political platform. I saw an issue of Archie the other day at the cashier’s and I was tempted to buy it and delve into that wholesome fun again. Then I remembered what Archie stands for now and I put the book back. It truly is saddening.