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Kevin by Paul Kupperberg

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Kevin Keller, the first openly gay character in the history of Archie Comics, premiered last fall to an overwhelming favorable response. He will star in his own series of comics starting in June and his story will continue in this special paper-over-board novel to be released in time for Gay Pride (June 2012). This book is a perfect gift for anyone who loves Archie Comics or just wants to feel good about themselves.

Goodreads Summary

My mom introduced us to "Archie" comics. I loved them-the characters, the stories, and the illustrations. This new book has the flavor of the "Archie" comics that I love, but it's a little too different for me to be comfortable with right away. The "Little Archie" strips were so much fun. I liked to see how they looked as kids.
Kupperberg's "Kevin takes us back to Kevin as a little kid, but there are no colorful drawings. The story isn't silly and fun. I liked Kevin; he's straight-forward, honest, and well-meaning. There are shades of Reggie as the bully, Eliot Kingman; but Reggie had redeeming qualities. I was looking for characters like Veronica, Betty, and Jughead in Kupperberg's story too; they are there, but they're not as good.
On its own, the story has a strong message from loyalty and caring toward friends to support and understanding from parents.Kevin's character is likeable. However, I have trouble blending this story and the Kevin character into the "Archie" group that I've known and loved for years. I think my lack of enthusiasm has more to do with its being a novel, rather than the comic that I'm used to.  But it is difficult to see this story as belonging to my favorite comic. The message is a little too for my fun Archie gang.

3 1/2 stars

"Reviewed by Colleen"

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This product or book may have been distributed for review, this in no way affects my opinions or reviews.


  1. Susan T. said...:

    I loved Archie comics as a kid and I'm glad to see them introducing a gay character, but I have no interest in revisiting as an adult.

  1. Chelsea B. said...:

    Interesting to turn it into a novel! I've never read any of them, but I know they are very beloved. I wish this novel luck!