JOSIE AND THE PUSSY CATS IN SPACE [Review]

Josie and the Pussycats.

Long tails and and ears for hats.

Guitars and sharps and flats.

Neat, sweet, a groovy song. You’re invited. Come along.

Hurry Hurry…because there is danger afoot!

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Originally a four part miniseries, Josie and the Pussycats In Space sends readers into a world of space rock and unexpected Lovecraftian nightmares in the Archie Comics universe. Loosely based on the 1972 animated series, we find our trio of rock stars/mystery solvers suddenly thrust into a situation that they never ever thought they would see: career burnout.

After collecting gifts from adoring fans, the band is ready to jump a wormhole to their next gig, despite their exhaustion. However it turns out one of their trinkets is a mysterious creature in disguise, ready to devour everything in sight. Especially the humans.

Yes, what you thought would be a simple story of crime-solving space rockers suddenly takes a turn into cosmic horror. And I love it!

This story by Alex De Campi follows in the fine tradition of  presenting alternative takes on the world of Archie Comics with storylines that explore the setting through the lens of horror, much like The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina and Life After Archie. The classic humor is still there, along the staples of cosmic horror.  The art by Devaki Neogi and Lee Loughridge manages to stay true to the original look of the classic comic/cartoon characters, but also offers up some truly creepy environments.

I regret missing this series when it was first run, but am glad it is now available as a full collection and a Comixology Original. So if you find yourself in need of a great comic and a twist on a classic in this time when new comics, much less great new comics, are in short supply, check it out.

5-5

Josie and the Pussycats In Space is available through ComiXology Originals.

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