Comics Review: Josie and The Pussycats #1 Gets A Purrfect Start
I can’t believe it’s 2016 and I’m taking part in reading a Josie and The Pussycats comic. I still think it’s surreal to even say, let alone to actual do it. Yet, here I am. Before I was even aware that a comic existed, not this one the original, I only knew of Josie and the Pussycats through the reruns of the series they showed on Cartoon Network in the 90s. First, I loved the fact that they were an all female rock group wearing cheetah outfits. Second, I loved how, no matter where they went, they ended up in these weird predicaments. Every single place they had a gig, there was always some shady things going on behind the scenes. They even had a series where they were in space but it wasn’t a favorite of mine to stick with it. Of course, we all know that Josie and The Pussycats took on the form of a live action movie which became a cult classic. I can’t say I was as thrilled with it compared to others after I saw it (I mean I definitely was hyped about the thought of it) and I’m not mad at what I got but, I don’t know, maybe I just need to watch it again. It has been a while. Maybe it could have worked better as a live action TV series. Speaking of which, in the new Riverdale series coming next year featuring a lot of live action Archie characters, Josie and The Pussycats will also appear where all the girls will be featured as African-American characters. Interesting and can’t wait to see how that turns out. Now that I’m done rambling on about those other incarnations of this beloved series, lets talk about this one.
The story starts off with main character Josie daydreaming she is performing solo and being loved by many people during a performance when in reality she is no where near that point. She can bare get anyone to pay attention to her. And it didn’t help when one of my favorite people to hate, Alexandra, rubs it in her face. She finds some hope in possibly performing in front of a group through a charity concert and tries to gather some help. Here, Melody, is her roommate and seems to be dedicated to her life of school and dating in her post music life. She doesn’t stay away too long with some inspiration from none other than a stray cat. Intrigued with her new cat friend, both Melody and Josie end up at an animal shelter where they meet Valerie who, here as a veterinarian, can calm down the rowdiest animals with her sweet singing voice. This gets Josie’s attention to the point where she asks Valerie to be part of the group as well to take part in the concert. We move forward to the day of the concert and everyone seems to be enjoying their music except one, Alexandra. Through some meddling, she tries to convince Melody and Valerie that Josie has been trying to use the group as a way to get herself some solo attention. Through confrontation and Josie realizing she should have more of a group mentality, they perform again but this time with more of a sense of unity that eventually gets them the recognition of their group name of Josie and The Pussycats and the recognition of music producer Alan. As Melody and Valerie get interested at the thought of his idea of becoming famous, Josie seems to be interested in the idea of Alan himself.
It was a quick start but a start none the less. We get to see an origin how they first came together all while getting some background information about the lives of Josie, Melody, and the relationship Josie and Alexandra once had. I got to admit, a point in there lives of those two getting along would not have crossed my mind. I definitely loved each girls’ personalities especially Melody. She’s so simple and happy. Valerie seem like a shy one but you can tell she just needs that opportunity to rock out and show her stuff. Josie has the ambition of becoming a star and she now doesn’t have to face this struggle, and you know there will be a lot, alone to reach the top. The best thing about this is that you don’t have to have known the character beforehand to get into them. This issue provides the introduction you really need. I can’t wait for the next issue to see where their budding success is going to take them. Another thing I liked about this issue was that they included an original Josie and The Pussycats comic as well as the history of how Josie and The Pussycats story came about. It was almost like you paid for two comics for the price of one. This first issue also came in 9 different variant cover arts from 9 different artists (I wonder if they made 9 because a cat has 9 lives…..hmmm). Each one brought their own style for the group making them as rocking as their music.
Josie and The Pussycats #1 features the story writings of Marguerite Bennett and Cameron DeOrdio with art by Audrey Mok.