Comic Book Review: Josie and The Pussycats #6
The climb to stardom is no easy task as we have learned each issue up to Josie and The Pussycats #6. They have learned the struggles of being professional, of keeping things professional, prioritization of their music above all, and remembering that they get nowhere without each other. Its a growing experience and each time they come out a little bit wiser about what it takes to push forward. Though the Pussycats arrested for plagiarism is one heck of a way to challenge what they can come back from this early into their careers.
I do think that after some time you could guess how this one would end. Unlike the other adventures the Pussycats have gotten themselves into, this one you could see through pretty easily. It wasn’t too hard to see who was pulling the strings here and how this plot to destroy the band was doomed from the start.
Like the issues before, this one was entertaining, though at the end of the day it lacked the substance that the others had. As I consistently try to make a point of, you jump into this for the experience. More importantly the experience in actually being a band. The troubles that come with plagiarism is legitimate, though this was more of a personal vendetta which turns this into more of a distraction in comparison to other obstacles the Pussycats have faced. To be fair, you could also say that this issue succeeded in being just as engaging personally. To the same extent you look at this as a personal journey that surprisingly wasn’t just about Josie and The Pussycats, but rather the Cabot twins. Their fleshing out here was touching.
I can’t say it enough that this art team is perfect for the kind of book that Josie and The Pussycats is. Compared to other stories branching out of Riverdale (the town, not the show), Josie and The Pussycats takes advantage of a brighter tone. No matter what kind of drama they step into, there is just enough fun to balance things out. I don’t think half of the humor would stick if it wasn’t for the accompaniment of the art to follow. I was impressed by the creativeness to play into you average obsession in anything Frozen. This was something I wasn’t prepared for. The way they broke into the Frozen jokes was one thing, but it was another thing entirely when they actually transformed certain things taking elements from that tiresome movie. Beyond this, the colors were great. For the setting they stepped into, the cold colors from Fitzpatrick she nailed. Its not easy to get into this kind of detail using blues like this, but she does so while also never allowing these colors to overpower what is going on in any given scene. Scenery aside the colors continue to come off organic which adds to the personal touch of this story.
There were some mixed feelings here, but after letting everything sink in I believe that this would have done so much better if it were placed differently than at the start of a new arc. You could argue that is also the best place to get these kind of stories out of the way, but Josie and The Pussycats #5 as the conclusion to the first arc ended with the cliffhanger that got us here. That aside, a solid issue that carries most of the appeal that keeps you looking forward to Josie and The Pussycats each month.