Review: Josie and the Pussycats #7

Josie7CoverEven though each issue is chock-full of great jokes and pop culture references, the through-line of Josie and the Pussycats has been a little of the sad side with Josie being a flawed heroine and sometimes the villain in her own story. However, Josie #7 is more of a feel-good issue from writers Marguerite Bennett and Cameron DeOrdio, artist/should design all the Academy Award dresses Audrey Mok, and colorist Kelly Fitzpatrick. It does grapple with the nature of fame, but there are plenty of Melody non-sequiturs, “head pats”, and the ending is quite sweet.

Melody continues to be the most entertaining and hilarious Pussycat and her mix of erudition and cluelessness makes her a very unique character. She’ll go from using five dollar words that she picked up via osmosis from an audio book to taking everything literally with a couple of Les Mis and Lord of the Rings along the way. Bennett, DeOrdio, and Mok also give her an active role in the issue’s big double page spread fight scene against an EDM group’s evil robot backup dancers. This sequence parodies superhero comics and hullabaloo over award shows in one fell swoop and throws some shade on the EDM craze. (If the Chainsmokers ever played MTV Unplugged, it would be a disaster.) It reminded me of episodes of the Jem and the Holograms cartoon that shoehorned crazy fight scenes into a show presumably about music, magic, and sisterhood and is loads of fun.

But Josie and the Pussycats #7 is really a story about why Josie, Valerie, and Melody love making music. They will sing songs to an arena filled with celebrities and a big ass video screen behind, or to a small group of fans at a charity gig very similar to the one that the not-so-famous Pussycats played in Josie #1. Audrey Mok shows this through the passion in the Pussycats’ faces when they play their new hit single, or decide to ditch the awards show to be audience members at small concert held for disadvantage children in a field somewhere. They may wear well-tailored suits or gorgeous leopard print dresses, but they’re still three girls from Riverdale with big dreams and a love of their craft. However, Josie is definitely more image conscious compared to Valerie, who is more concerned with heartfelt lyrics and life goals.

Josie and the Pussycats #7 is a treat for anyone who has thought about pop stars, selling out, and why the hell we keep tuning into a half dozen music award shows for artists who we don’t even care about. (Honestly, why is the American Music Awards a thing?) Also, Audrey Mok’s art is beautiful as ever, Kelly Fitzpatrick captures the pizzazz of a awards show with a flashy color palette, and Marguerite Bennett and Cameron DeOrdio’s script is filled with clever jokes while still expanding upon Josie, Valerie, and Melody’s thoughts and motivations as they hit the big time.

Story: Marguerite Bennett and Cameron DeOrdio Art: Audrey Mok Colors: Kelly Fitzpatrick
Story: 8.0 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.2 Recommendation: Buy

 Archie Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review