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Earlier this year, I had some thoughts (here, here, here, and here) on how the Riverdale TV series, based off of Archie Comics, treated Kevin Keller, who debuted several years ago as the franchise's first gay character. I was not pleased by the show's treatment of him, as the portrayal seemed rooted in dated stereotypes and unwilling to go beyond them, so it was with some trepidation that I picked up Riverdale #4, an issue of the associated comic book which focuses on Kevin. 

Spoilers Ahead! )
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Title:
 Lean On Me
Recip: alliterate
Fandom: Archie Comics/Riverdale
Link 
Summary: When rebellious bad boy Nick roars into town on a motorcycle, he instantly sweeps Kevin off his feet. But their romance spells trouble for the rest of the Riverdale gang, particularly Jughead. Redux of the Betty & Veronica story "Bad News Boyfriend."
Paring: Jughead Jones/Kevin Keller


Title: Need You Baby (Like I Breathe You, Baby)
Recip: alliterate
Fandom: Archie Comics/Riverdale
Link 
Summary: Kevin's not so much good with people as much as he's good at manipulating people. Or, five times Kevin rejected Jughead, and the time Jughead didn't reject him.
Paring: Jughead Jones/Kevin Keller


Title: Don't Be Afraid
Recip: Fearful_Captain_Biff_Elderberry
Fandom: Fantastic Four
Link 
Summary: Ben lives in fear of accidentally hurting Johnny, but Johnny convinces him not to worry.
Paring: Johnny Storm/Ben Grimm


Title: Endings and Beginnings
Recip: Hecate
Fandom: Suicide Squad
Link 
Summary: Still struggling after his failed relationship with June, Rick is less than welcoming when Harley Quinn returns to the team.
Paring: Harley Quinn/Rick Flag


Title: Old Wounds
Recip: Hecate
Fandom: Suicide Squad
Link 
Summary: Rick finds himself alone and taking care of a grievously wounded Harley Quinn, who seems intent on reminding him how the past can affect the future.
Paring: Harley Quinn/Rick Flag


Title: Fool Me Once
Recip: Hecate
Fandom: Suicide Squad
Link 
Summary: Rick Flag is almost certain his romance with Harley is a con. Keyword: almost.
Paring: Harley Quinn/Rick Flag
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 Well, with my rant on Riverdale's treatment of Kevin Keller out of the way, I suppose I should give my general opinion on the show.

Going by the first episode, it's okay. I'm not particularly impressed with it, mainly because of the treatment of Kevin, but I'm interested in it enough to give it another chance. If you're interested, the third episode airs tonight at 9pm EST on the CW.

Spoilers below!

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 Spoilers and rant ahead!

Let me tell you about a character in Archie Comics named Kevin Keller. He is my favorite Archie Comics character of all time, with Reggie and Betty tying for a close second. Introduced in 2010 as Archie Comics' first gay character, Kevin was welcomed to Riverdale with open arms, quickly becoming close friends with both Jughead and Veronica. He quickly became president of his class, and one of his first acts was to build a 9/11 memorial on the school grounds. A military brat who'd travelled around the world, Kevin was interested in journalism and comic books, ran track, frequently engaged in eating contests with Jughead, entered a Jeopardy-like game show on national television, worked as a lifeguard, and counselled a former bully of his who was going through a rough time at home.

Very few of his stories focused on being gay, with even fewer centered on homophobia; his sexuality was acknowledged and 99.5% of the time simply accepted without second thought. No one significant really thought it was any big deal that Kevin Keller liked boys. In Afterlife With Archie (the zombie apocalypse AU), while Kevin does endure some homophobia from Reggie, he's also a badass archer who routinely takes out zombies with just a bow and arrow.

That is to say, the Kevin Keller of the comics is a far cry from the catty gay stereotype who appears on Riverdale for the sole purpose of being the gay BFFs with whatever female character is standing nearby.


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