So what does the Archie comics team do for an encore after a six comic dream sequence storyline in which Archie gets married to both Betty and Veronica?
That storyline also garnered increased sales and media attention for the iconic comic franchise and rekindled a lot of Archie comic book fans like myself interest in the hijinks and goings on in Riverdale.
Can you say 'interracial relationship' TransGriot boys and girls?
And no, Archie isn't dating Nancy Woods either.
In the soon to be released Archie Comics 608 and 609 Betty and Veronica will have a little competition for Archie's affections from an unexpected direction.
Her name is Valerie Brown, and you've seen her before. She's the lead songwriter and bassist for Josie And the Pussycats.
I used to read those comics on the regular as well and get up on Saturday mornings to watch the cartoon version.
What sets up the story entitled 'It Starts With a Kiss' is the Archies do a joint musical tour with Josie and the Pussycats. Of course Alexander Cabot as the Pussycats manager sets up some shady stuff unbeknownst to either band which results in Josie and the Pussycats getting top billing instead of co-equal status.
That gets unraveled by Veronica's cousin Marcy, who is acting as the Archies agent.
During this tour a romance gets kindled between Valerie and Archie, and you'll have to get Issues 608 and 609 to find out how.
Yep, will have to head back to my fave comic shop to pick these issue up. I'm just as curious to see how this is going to play out as well.