Sunday, July 9, 2017

RIVERDALE #4: "We Need to Talk About Kevin..."

I just finished reading RIVERDALE #4. RIVERDALE is an interesting book. "Riverdale" is an adaptation of the regular Archie Comics, which RIVERDALE is a comic book adaptation of the "Riverdale" TV series. RIVERDALE #4 focused on America's favorite gay teen, Kevin Keller.

The story is titled "We Need To Talk About Kevin" and is features writing by Michael Grassi, art by Joe Eisma, colors by Andre Szymanowicz, and lettering by John Workman.

In this story, Kevin is moping around because he's the only gay kid in Riverdale. Which reminded me of Daffyd Thomas from "Little Britain..."

... Except that Kevin really isn't the only gay in Riverdale. We've already seen him hooking up in the "Riverdale" television series with Moose, plus we know that he's hooked up anonymously with other guys. Which is something that is brought up again in RIVERDALE #4.

Let's move beyond the idea that Archie Comics is currently publishing a comic book where one of the lead characters is a 16-year-old kid who cruises public parks and truck stops for sex with adult men.

But there are plenty of men-loving men in Riverdale, if this Sup app is to be believed. And more than a few of them attend Riverdale High. Kevin attempts to use the Sup app to find a date and ends up with one of the students on the water polo teammates -- not that anything came of it. The guy dumped Kevin before they had a chance to talk.


Keep in mind that Kevin is desperate for a boyfriend, but not desperate to try dating Billy the Fridge (as seen in RIVERDALE #2). Who seems like a nice kid, but he's not conventionally attractive, so why give him a chance?


In addition to looking for guys on Sup, Kevin looks for love at the local gay bar (with help from Veronica, Betty, and Reggie) and he even tries cruising for anonymous sex at the local park in this story:


"Tries" loosely. He gets freaked out over the idea that another student (Jason Blossom) was killed by... somebody. Also, there's some reference in this story to a "near death experience" during one of his past cruising encounters. Other Archie Comics fans are freaking out over Kevin's sexual exploits. I'm freaking out wondering what this "near death experience" was all about!!

Anyway, Kevin finally gets comfortable with the idea of being single just in time to meet the new British student, Devin (who just might be a twisted version of Devon from the old KEVIN KELLER series). Of course, Devin doesn't exist in the "Riverdale" TV series and I'm really curious how he might fit in a world that contains Joaquin.


RIVERDALE #4 ends with a bit of a cliffhanger, but I'm not sure that we'll cross that cliff next issue.

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