OK, so Archie Comics are bringing back a series that we never expected to read – but since we have the opportunity to give it a shot, we’d be silly not to. The series is said to follow the antics of Riverdale’s favourite rock band: Josie, Valerie and Melody are back in musical action, along with their rival Alexandra Cabot.
Straight off the bat, these characters have been brought straight up to date. It amps up the levels of strong females working towards a goal, but doesn’t reduce the fun that we have while reading. Josie’s a complex character; she seems independent but she needs friendship – add this to the fact that she’s in a band and you can see where the dynamics are strongest in the girls’ friendship group. Melody is the comedic foil in the group, and Valerie acts as the emotional backbone of the group who won’t take any shit. The group dynamic is awesome already, and we’re only one issue in.
Dialogue is rather heavy in Issue #1, meaning there needs to be plenty of speech bubbles. This in turn covers a lot of the art and even gets in the way of some panels. The artwork definitely takes the backseat in this comic, allowing the writing to do the heavy hitting and really emit personality.
The gripes we have this with issue are minuscule, it’s still a very solid first issue for Archie Comics and we’re sure the inconsistencies and problems will be ironed out early on. Josie and the Pussycats are a very welcome addition to the huge range of comics we read.
Josie and the Pussycats have been revived by Archie Comics, and it was a great decision.
- Group dynamic