Back in September 2010, Archie Comics introduced Kevin Keller–the first openly gay Riverdale student. The move was a smart one for the long-running series, resulting in an overwhelmingly positive reception and probably more than a few exasperated Finally! fan mails. Archie Comics is capitalizing on Kevin’s popularity by giving the character his own series. According to Jon Goldwater, co-chief executive of Archie Comics: “We’re just so proud of the success of Kevin and the fact that he adds a new dynamic to Riverdale.”
Following the four-part miniseries that started this month, Kevin Keller will focus on the titular character’s relationship with his father, life in high school, and a few hard knocks in Riverdale High: “He’s going to be the class president,” said Dan Parent, the writer-artist who created Kevin. But it won’t all be a good time. “Even the most popular kids are not popular with everybody. There’s some adversity he’ll have to deal with.”
Since Keller’s introduction in Veronica Issue 202, only seven subscribers have canceled.