Archie Comics is kicking off another new series this September–Josie and the Pussycats. Marguerite Bennett and Cameron DeOrdio are the main writers for the series with Audrey Mok taking control of the art. Mok also drew the cover art for the first issue. There are variant covers by Veronica Fish (Archie) and Francesco Francavilla (Afterlife with Archie). The antics of Riverdale’s favorite feline themed all-girl rock band are back in the forefront. The issue will have Josie, Valerie and Melody back in musical action along with their rival Alexandra Cabot. Josie is ready to get the band together to reach for her dreams of stardom. The girls will all have to learn some important lessons to keep their fame growing.

Is it good?

Josie and the Pussycats #1 (Archie Comics)

The writing seems to be taking a more modern turn with the girls. There’s a step away from the original issues with even more of a pull toward a strong female lead working towards a goal. Josie comes off as a character who’s trying to be independent but with a strong need for help and friendship. The writing style for her is great and really makes her seem down to earth. I like the way she’s being built up as an energetic leader with a flexibility to work with her friends. Melody has got to be my favorite! She’s written hilariously. Her little-adorable-outbursts make her an unknowing comic relief, and her innocence makes the story even better. Bennett and DeOrdio did a fantastic job bringing her personality off the page.

I’m interested to see how they build Valarie up in the future–she’s a strong presence and I think she’s going to add some drama to the trio. She’s definitely not going to take anyone’s crap. Alexandra is perfect. Her first sentence just showcases what a great antagonist she’s going to be for the group. Audrey Mok’s take on the characters captures the vintage feel with a great modern twist. The facial features are spot on and I’m loving all the outfits. She’s keeping in mind that the girls need to be with current trends but still have their own personalities that shine through.

The dialogue bubbles get in the way in a few panels, there’s a lot of conversation going on and the art gets a little left behind. I wouldn’t call is a huge distraction but it’s noticeable. There’s also a section in the middle with Valarie singing and it has a weird–not sure what to call it–fog? that I think is intended to be her voice. It’s just odd, and threw my reading off a bit because I started following it through the panels. There are a few facial images that seem a bit rushed; one section with Josie’s face I believe it is supposed to be embarrassed, looks a bit stretched.

Is It Good?

Anything wrong with the issue is really minor. I loved the story itself and it was a fun read. I’m ready to see where the series goes.

Josie and the Pussycats #1 Review
Great introductory storyPersonalities jumping off the pageGreat vintage-meets-modern story and art
Weird background texturesSome cluttered pages
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