josie-and-the-pussycats-fionaOkokokokokokokokokkokokok… THIS WEEK HAS BEEN GREAT. Excuse me while I freak the freak out. First there was the news that Pacific Rim 2 found its leading man in Star Wars: The Force Awakens actor John Boyega, set to play the son of Stacker Pentecost (played by Idris Elba). NO BIG DEAL (yes, yes it is a big freaking deal).

What else could I possibly lose my mind about? OH, how about the announcement of a freaking JOSIE AND THE PUSSYCATS COMIC BOOK? Yeah. YEAH. YEAAAAAH. That sounds about right.

But really… Archie Comics has announced that they will be doing an ongoing series outside of the backups of Archie Digests. OMFG.

How could this week get any better? OH RIGHT… in ADDITION to the comic itself just being in existence (thank you sweet baby jeebus), Archie Comics has brought on all-star creator extraordinaire Marguerite Bennett (A-Force, Insexts) to write with Cameron DeOrdio and artist Audrey Mok (Heroine Chic).

“I am incredibly grateful and outrageously stoked to be working on JOSIE,”
says co-writer Marguerite Bennett. “JOSIE AND THE PUSSYCATS is zany, high-energy, hilarious, and utterly sincere. The book can’t launch soon enough.”

And when DOES the book launch, you ask? Well, like Ms. Bennett said, NOT SOON ENOUGH, but the date that will just have to do for now is September 28.

The official synopsis for the series is this: “Friends, countrymen, lend me your long tails and ears for hats—the Pussycats are back! In this series kick-off, Josie’s getting the band together to help achieve her dreams of musical stardom. But for the group to last, it needs a strong foundation of friendship and trust. Can the girls get going, or will Alexandra’s plotting put a stop to the whole thing? Don’t miss comics’ supreme songstresses’ return to the limelight in this exciting first issue!”

In the meantime, I’ll just go watch the Josie and the Pussycats movie over and over again on repeat to keep myself appeased. And as a sidebar, you should too. It’s criminally underrated.

Stephanie Cooke
Stephanie is a Toronto based writer and editor. She's a comic book fan, avid gamer, movie watcher, lover of music, and sarcasm. She is a purveyor of too many projects and has done work for Talking Comics, JoBlo.com, Agents of Geek, Word of the Nerd, C&G Magazine, Dork Shelf, and more. Her writing credits include "Home Sweet Huck" (Mark Millar's Millarworld Annual 2017), "Lungarella (Secret Loves of Geek Girls, 2016), "Behind Enemy Linens" (BLOCKED Anthology, 2017), "Home and Country" (Toronto Comics Anthology, 2017) and more to come. You can read more about her shenanigans over on her <a href="http://www.stephaniecooke.ca">personal web site</a>.

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