Friday, April 21, 2017

Major Character to Die in Upcoming Issue of ARCHIE // Updated Below...

(Originally written on 03/21/17): Comic book readers are encouraged to check out ARCHIE #20 and #21. The story line will feature a drag race between Archie and Reggie -- and one major Archie Comics character won't survive!:
“Up until now, Archie and his pals have led fairly untroubled, normal lives. Suddenly, in one horrifying instant, that all changes when one of the kids looks death in the eye — and death doesn’t blink,” Archie writer Mark Waid tells EW in a statement. “Who will it be? All we can tell you is that you’ll be shocked — and that no one is safe.”
The race on Dead Man's Curve will happen in ARCHIE #20. And the identity of the dead character will be revealed in ARCHIE #21. It's unlikely that Archie will die -- not unless they've decided to pull the plug on this series(!!). That leaves Reggie, as he's the other driver.

On the other hand, it's likely that some poor innocent will become the unexpected victim on a high-speed vehicle. That opens things up quite a lot: Moose... Midge... Dilton... Jason... Cheryl... Jellybean... Mr. Weatherbee... Ms. Grundy... Mr. or Mrs. Andrews... Or even *whimper* my beloved Kevin Keller!

Which Archie Comics character do you think will die in ARCHIE #20 and #21? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

Updated on 04/21/17: CBR posted a new interview with writer Mark Waid and artist Pete Woods about the upcoming "Over The Edge" story line. Archie has also begun posting this promo pic (see new image in the top right corner of this article) on their social media accounts.

Honestly? I think that Reggie Mantle is going to end up in the hospital -- and I'm wondering if he's actually going to die. I mean, read the quote above and the language in the promo pic and then read this excerpt from the article:
Yikes! The solicitation for “Over the Edge” does tease ‘mortal danger’ and that “one of the kids looks death in the eye – and death doesn’t blink.” Is someone really going to die?
Waid:Now you’re asking me to reveal way too much. You’re just going to have to trust me. This story will fulfill your expectations.
I'm reminded of this recent story where people make certain assumptions and then realize that they're actually saying something else.

I'm wondering if this story instead results in some crippling injury for Reggie Mantle, which results in a new status quo for the character and an interesting chance at redefining the character.

What do you think?


Erin Begley said...

Sadly I think it would be Harper Lodge because maybe her power chair won't get across the street quick enough. I use a power chair too. And crossing the street is rough. People speed in my neighborhood.

Jon said...

Hopefully not! We haven't gotten the chance to meet the New Riverdale Harper yet. I'd hate for her to be introduced only to be killed off!

Erin Begley said...

Maybe they will make it Betty because it looks like Veronica is crying on one of the cover.