Review: Kevin Keller: Welcome to Riverdale

Title: Kevin Keller: Welcome to Riverdale
Author: Dan Parent
Genre: Graphic Novel
Publisher: Archie Comics
Source: Library
Format: Ebook
Release Date: November 20, 2012
Rating: ★★★★★

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Goodreads Synopsis:

Kevin Keller is sure making a splash at Riverdale High! Recently elected class president, Kevin has gone from new kid in town to one of the most well-known and popular students in school. Struggling to stay on top of his new duties while trying to find time for a social life, Kevin is subject to all the pratfalls and mayhem that have been a staple of high school life in Riverdale for decades. From his first date to his first prom to his first summer job, it’s a year of new beginnings for Kevin. In typical Archie fashion, though, nothing goes off without a hitch–particularly when he decides to ask his romantically-challenged friends Archie, Betty, Veronica, Reggie and Jughead for advice! He even has to face the force of nature that is Cheryl Blossom, who can test the mettle of the toughest teens. But if anyone can make it through the chaos of high school unscathed, it’s Kevin Keller!

The most popular addition to the Riverdale crowd in years, Kevin Keller is Archie’s first gay character. Fan-favorite writer/artist Dan Parent (Betty and Veronica: Storybook) helms this heartfelt and humorous collection of the first four issues of the ongoing Kevin Keller comic book series (Kevin’s past appearances in Veronica and the Kevin Keller miniseries appear in the previously released Kevin Keller hardcover book).

Review:

I love the character Kevin Keller on the show Riverdale. He’s such a fun guy! So I decided to look up the Kevin Keller graphic novels, and I loved this one!

Kevin Keller is the first gay character in Riverdale. This is a huge milestone for the series! He has a very positive experience being gay in Riverdale, because Archie and his friends are supportive of him.

Though Kevin gets a lot of support from his friends and family, the stories also demonstrate some bullying. They meet some of Cheryl Blossom’s friends, who are not as supportive and call Kevin names. There is another person who leaves Kevin notes as his secret admirer, but he is not comfortable coming out as gay yet. Though these things are not the worst things that can happen, this story does touch upon hardships that other people face. 

I loved these comics! I can’t wait to read more about Kevin Keller!

What to read next:

Kevin Keller by Dan Parent

Kevin Keller: Drive Me Crazy by Dan Parent

Have you read Kevin Keller: Welcome to Riverdale? What did you think of it?

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