Shocking news to comic book fans around the world, Archie will die.
The adventures of the clumsy and flirty redhead Archie Andrews have captured America’s imagination since 1941. Over the years, Archie has come to be known as one of the most recognizable American comics.
According to the creators, Archie’s death will be written in the final issue of the five-year-old series Life With Archie in July.
Archie Comics CEO Jon Goldwater said in an interview to CNN, “I think it’s the natural conclusion to the Life With Archie series. Archie dies as he lived—heroically. He dies saving the life of a friend, and does it in his usual selfless way. Archie has always been a representation of us—the best of us. Our strengths and our faults.”
Here’s the Tweet that started it all:
The news spread like wildfire on Twitter and received outrageous reactions from fans.
Some reactions were considerably extreme:
IF THEY KILL OFF ARCHIE IN THE ARCHIE COMICS SERIES I WILL GO INTO A DEPRESSION ARE THEY STILL GONNA MAKE COMICS???? WTF????— DJ LOGIELUV (@makakilomaggot) April 9, 2014
Why are people so hellbent on ruining my childhood memories? Now they're killing Archie Andrews? Why, oh why?!!— The Blitz (@LavImpossible) April 9, 2014
While others took it lightly:
Archie dies. Veronica goes on escapist coke binge. Jughead stops eating, withers. Betty digs up his grave. Reggie never returns to Brokeback— Rohan Joshi (@mojorojo) April 9, 2014
The conspiratorial squad is active as ever:
And, of course:
People who are expressing their sadness, going into depression over the death of Archie Andrews have clearly never heard of Game of Thrones— Rony Dutta (@RonyDutta) April 9, 2014
This is what happens when you let George RR Martin write Archie comics— Rohan Joshi (@mojorojo) April 9, 2014
It is essential to note here that Life With Archie is a story of Archie’s future when he becomes an adult and deals with grown-up issues. Moreover, Archie Comics story is split into different timelines across 16 different series. According to a Guardian report, even if Archie is killed off in one of those series, he will continue to live on in others. Phew!