local comic book store, but fortunately this digest finally showed up at the bookstore because I was really looking forward to its lead story!!
I announced back in July that Archie Comics is bringing back original stories to their comic book digests! So I was excited to learn that the first of these digests features a follow-up story to ARCHIE DOUBLE DIGEST #244, which introduced us to Archie's new dog Vegas!
Not only that, but that story also introduced a group of Riverdale animals whom I like to call the All New Power Pets! Mr. Lodge ends up calling them the Pet Posse in this story and I'm inclined to go ahead with this new title. In case you missed it, the Pet Posse consists of Vegas (Archie's dog), Caramel (Betty's cat), Hot Dog (Jughead's dog), Runty (Reggie's dog), Ivan (Moose's turtle), the Poodle Posse (Veronica's poodles), and Cousteau (Dilton's dolphin).
Here is the story: Veronica and Betty decide to host a private Halloween Party for their friends and their friends' pets. Mr. Lodge is understandably concerned because he ended up getting dunked in Cousteau's water tank during a pet-food run! But the party is running smoothly for everyone.
That's right! Lodge Manor is infested with mice!! The Pet Posse loses some food to this mouse and decide to team up and take out their tiny nemesis! The mouse thinks he's clever by running into the ducts, but he doesn't realize how persistent the Pet Posse can be!
There's little doubt that Lodge Manor's mouse problem will soon be solved due to the Pet Posse!
I absolutely love this story! I love getting to the see the various pets again and their costumes totally cracked me up -- especially Dilton's and Cousteau's "Duck Dynasty" costumes! I really hope that we continue to be treated to appearances by this bunch!
"A Haunting We Will Go!" is written by Bill Golliher, penciled by Bill Galvan, inked by Jim Amash, and lettered by Jack Morelli.