Saturday, December 6, 2014

The Pet Posse Returns in ARCHIE COMICS ANNUAL #256!!

ARCHIE COMICS ANNUAL #256 has a great assortment of classic reprints featuring the Riverdale Gang, the Archies and Wilbur. But it also features the return of my favorite band of Riverdale animals: The Pet Posse! You can check out their earlier adventures here and here. This short story followed a Christmas theme, which shouldn't be a surprise. All of the digests since early November have focused on Christmas storylines.

This story is pretty simple. A young reindeer named Flander found himself lost in a wind-gust and happened to crash randomly far away from the North Pole. And by randomly, I mean that he crashed into a tree next to Archie Andrews' home! Flander tells his story to Archie's dog, Vegas, and confesses that he has no idea how to get home. Vegas also isn't sure, but decides that the Pet Posse's collective mental might will be enough to hatch a plan:

Reggie's dog, Runty develops an action plan within seconds of hearing Flander's dilemma: Wait for Santa to show up on his annual Christmas voyage. The rest of the story is devoted to the animal's keeping Flander a secret from their humans:

Did I mention that I really love the Pet Posse? And have I mentioned how sad it seems that poor Cousteau the dolphin is still confined to that relatively tiny fishbowl? I mean, Sea World has been boycotted for much less! I can't get enough of these guys and really hope that we are treated to more stories featuring the Pet Posse!

That said, I didn't enjoy this story as much as I've enjoyed their previous adventures. There just wasn't a lot of meat to this story. It's just a cute little tale!

"It Looks Like Reindeer!" is written by Bill Golliher, penciled by Bill Galvan, inked by Jim Amash, lettered by Jack Morelli, and colored by Digikore Studios.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Maybe I have lower standards than you! I think I like the pet posse so much that the story doesn't even matter. Ha ha.