The latest leg of their world tour takes Josie & the Pussycats out to Rome where they prepare for a great concert, have some bad romance and then foil jewel thieves. All in a day’s work for international musical talents.
Josie & the Pussycats 4
Written by Marguerite Bennett and Cameron Deordio
Art by Audrey Mok, Kelly Fitzpatrick and Jack Morelli
With the amount of jokes per issue that Bennett and Deordio throw at readers, there’s a real risk that everything will eventually fall flat. Each issue seems to have more jokes than a five-minute segment of Family Guy, only none of the jokes are lame. Also, the pop culture references are more relevant. Also, Family Guy sucks.
That’s really not the point, though. We should move on.
Josie, Melody and Valerie are off to Rome this time around, getting an image makeover in Rome as Josie gets closer to their manager, Alan M. Josie and Alan have a night of bliss together (I’m still adjusting to the more adult themes in Archie books, like a panel of Josie and Alan in bed, snuggling suggestively) and Josie immediately assumes they’re a couple. So it comes as a shock to her when she sees Alan with another girl, using the exact same moves he did on Josie, just a night later.
Sure, be upset for two-timing you, but be even angrier about his lack of originality. Use a different pick-up routine, man.
Thankfully, Rome provides enough to take Josie’s mind off her boy troubles, as the gang has to take down jewel thieves… twice! Once at a jewelry store where they’re trying on pieces and then later at their concert at the Coliseum.
Batman vs. Superman “Martha” jokes are never going to stop being funny.
While the humor continues to be great, the writing of the interpersonal relationship between the three girls comes off as so genuine, with a vibe of real friendship. The dialogue between the three adds to the enjoyment of the series, because Josie, Melody and Valerie seem like three real people getting to know each other to become friends.
Every issue of Josie & the Pussycats seems to get better and better. I hope that continues, because this book is some of the most fun I have reading comics every month.