“See you all in Persia, or maybe France …”
Without moving away too far from the original source material, Josie and the Pussycats has gotten a bit of a modern makeover. Archie Comics has recently rebooted the series, with the first issue of the brand-new series arriving on stands in September of 2016. Josie and the Pussycats originally had a comic book series back in the 60’s that ran until the 80’s, with a brief reinstatement in 1993. Now the iconic characters are once again getting their own comic book series and the story is starting right from the very beginning.
Writers Marguerite Bennett and Cameron DeOrdio told Comic Book Resources that the first issue would be dealing with the iconic characters — Josie, Melody and Valerie — coming together and creating the band for the first time. However, though the Hanna Barbara show that many fans came to know and love was child friendly, Bennett stated that this comic wasn’t exactly for “all-ages”.
“Weirdly enough, our version of “Josie” is not all-ages, nor is it some monstrously hardcore run,” Bennett stated in her interview with CBR. “[ … ] our dialogue is definitely quick, crackling and — hopefully — goes over the young’uns heads in places. The girls are flawed, funny, earnest and struggling to make their way in the world in their early 20’s. We wanted outrageously over-the-top adventures that had genuine emotional crisis at their warm milk chocolate center.”
Another characteristic about the comic that the writers delved into during the interview was that Archie Comics told them that the girls weren’t really supposed to be role models for girls in their twenties. Rather, they were meant to be written as authentic girls (as authentic as you can be as you’re racing around the world and stopping bad guys, anyway) that have flaws, butt heads and constantly make mistakes. Just like anyone else, especially adolescents still trying to figure everything out.
On top of getting a new comic series, the girls from Josie and the Pussycats will also be appearing in the CW’s new show “Riverdale”, a new show to air in February 2017 that stars iconic Archie Comics characters throughout the series.
Are you excited for a reboot of Josie and the Pussycats? Why or why not?