Subway Shorts – More References

Josie and the Pussycats get kidnapped to an Antarctic ice palace to stand trial for plagiarism in another issue chock full of somewhat random references.

Josie Polar Bears

Josie and the Pussycats 6
Written by Cameron Deordio and Marguerite Bennett
Art by Audrey Mok, Kelly Fitzpatrick and Jack Morelli

While I am enjoying almost all of the updated, modern Archie comics (Reggie and Me being the lone exception, really), I think it’s fair to say Josie and the Pussycats has become my favorite over the last six months. Every page in every issue, Deordio and Bennett seem to toss out the most random references. It’s like a less idiotic episode of Family Guy.

The book frequently had me laughing out loud as I read it on the subway ride home.

This time around, Alexander Cabot, brother of Josie’s sometime-friend and sometime-rival Alexandra, has accused Josie of building her success on the back of his sister and has taken the girls to an Ice Palace in Antarctica. There, he will serve as judge, jury and executioner for Josie and the Pussycats.

Josie Law and Order

If they somehow could have worked Briscoe and Green in there, this would have probably been the greatest comic of all time. Although, in another part of the multiverse, Alexandra Cabot was never a singer trying to achieve fame. She was just a big city assistant district attorney trying to do the right thing.


So maybe there was more of a Law & Order connection than what I originally thought.

My favorite reference in the book was probably the best-timed, given it was released the same week as the first issue of the Batman-Flash crossover that’s dealing with where WATCHMEN fits in to the overall DC Universe. Fitting, since they were heading to an ice fortress.

Josie Watchmen

As the description for the book gives away – it’s not really much of a surprise – the girls come through in the end thanks to friendship. And a last minute plea deal from ADA Cabot. Um, I mean, a last-minute plea from Alexandra for her brother to leave Josie alone.

With all the big releases that came out on Wednesday, Josie and the Pussycats 6 is probably my favorite book of the week.