Archie Andrews, the long-time comic book icon, is set to die in the conclusion to the “Life with Archie” series.
According to the New York Post, Archie will end the long-running series as a hero, saving his friend and in the process receiving a fatal gunshot wound.
John L. Goldwater, author of the Archie series of comic books, released a statement concerning the controversial move.
We’ve been building up to this moment since we launched ‘Life with Archie’ five years ago and knew that any book that was telling the story of Archie’s life as an adult had to also show his final moment. 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.
Twitter, using the trending hashtag #ArchieRIP, almost immediately reacted to the announcement with sadness, humor, and wry wit:
— Kevin Ferron (@KevinFerron) April 9, 2014
— Tim Parent (@timparent) April 9, 2014
— Strange Adventures (@strangeadventrz) April 8, 2014
— Lynn Kestenbaum (@lynnguppy) April 9, 2014
Issue number 37 will jump a year into the future to see how the Riverdale crew copes with the death of their loved friend. Prepare for a torrent of tears and tumblr posts.
[Photo Credit: Archie Comics]