The Pussycats are at the Music Awards, and are excited to be nominated for multiple awards, like “best band.” However, they feel it’s a better idea to attend a charity benefit concert rather than the Music Awards. While they’re off playing music with some kids for charity, they win the award!
Deordio and Bennett do a fantastic job of scripting this issue. What stands out more than anything is the characterization. The Pussycats each have their own personalities, and they show blatantly through their natural and fluid dialogue with one another.
What I really love about this issue is that we see the Pussycats for the type of group they really are. They’re selfless, not concerned with fame or expectations, care about charity, and are very down to earth. They plan on stage with their fans! How cool is that?! Not only do we see their individual personalities, but we get a look into what kind of group the Pussycats are, and how their dynamic works.
Mok’s artwork is fitting for the script. It’s realistic, but has a cartoonish and animated quality to it like most of the Archie comics. The pencils are clean and smooth, and the coloring is bright and bold, but reflects light sources really well to account for shading and highlights. Some unrealistic colors and hyperbolized facial expressions add a lot of dramatization to the book, and it ends up looking really good.
The creative team has done a great job with this issue, showing us what Josie and the Pussycats are really about. For any fan of the band or Archie comics in general, this is one you don’t want to miss out on.
Written by: Cameron Deordio & Marguerite Bennett
Illustrated by: Audrey Mok