Just what violent ordeal is about to take place in an Archie story?
Things will get real emotional in Life With Archie issue 22, out Aug. 15. In one story, Cheryl Blossom breaks the news of her breast cancer to her friends, while in another, something sudden and quite violent occurs for a fan-favorite character.It wasn't that way they're making it out to be years before. Yes, there were stories where various protagonists would match wits with crooks, but it was usually just bank robbers, hijackers, smugglers and other such stories far from involving the most violent offenses committed in the real world, and the stories typically avoided bloody murders. In fact, most violence-sans-death taking place usually refrained from being bloody too: it's not like you'd see people breaking their bones or getting gashed in the skin. In other words, it was the kind of approach The A-Team usually employed.
Crime is something everybody faces in various forms in their day-to-day lives, and seemingly quaint Riverdale is no exception, says Jon Goldwater, Archie's co-CEO.
"People live and die, are injured, face violence or theft — just like everyone else. Riverdale has always been a reflection of the real world, and this continues that."
Now, they're taking one more step to discourage family audiences from buying their products by suggesting that either a violent assault takes place, or worse, a rape, and we can only wonder then just which female cast member will suffer the misfortune - Betty, Veronica, Josie, or even Cheryl. And even if that's not what they have in mind, I'm not impressed at all, I'm disgusted, mainly because of how Goldwater's clearly doing this all for publicity stunt's sake. The plot he's promoting in itself is nothing new to fiction, just to Archie's world.
The worst part is that if comics like these began today, there's no chance they'd be able to use the kind of approach The A-Team used with few deaths that were usually far between. In fact, even The A-Team couldn't be greenlighted today unless it adhered to the kind of bleak viewpoint Goldwater is now advocating. Whatever they're about to release on the market doesn't deserve any sane person's time or money.