Monday, April 27, 2015

BETTY & VERONICA #275: The Girls Swap Roles at "Farewell Riverdale" Continues in India

Runty -- Front & Center!
BETTY & VERONICA #275 was published a couple weeks ago. We're several issues into the "Farewell Riverdale" storyline, where Betty and Veronica have escaped from their ordinary day-to-day existences by way of a foreign exchange trip to the England and India -- and supposedly Japan, France, and Korea.

Last issue, the girls found themselves living their same lives as they always do. Betty was always home studying and Veronica was always out partying. The only difference is that they were in London instead of Riverdale. On the eve of their trip to India, the girls decided to dye their hair and switch their clothes.

That's right! Once they got to Mumbai, Betty would be "Veronica" and Veronica would be "Betty." Not only that, but each girl promised to push herself into living her life just like the other would. It took a while, but soon enough, "Veronica" found herself learning about India by experiencing it through its party scene and "Betty" was learning all about this country by throwing herself into its museums and cultural centers. And interestingly enough, both girls found themselves really getting into their new roles!

And, of course, each girl found her "study" time enhanced by international romance!

Meanwhile, Riverdale is struggling to adjust to its two new foreign exchange students: Banni from India and Violette from France. The boys of Riverdale quickly flock to the new girls, anxious to teach them all about America. Who am I kidding? Each boy wants to date these pretty ladies!

But these girls aren't perfect replacements for Betty & Veronica. Violette is used to the cosmopolitan streets of Paris. Her sophisticated tastes quickly chase away Archie and Reggie and the others. And most of the girls think that she's a snob. Fortunately for Violette, Kevin is willing to be her gay sidekick. And Big Ethel reaches out to provide a bit of female solidarity:

Meanwhile, everyone assumes that Banni is a naive girl with poor English skills and few brains. To her credit, Banni has little time for the boys' flirting behavior. In fact, it's clear that she thinks the boys are pretty much her intellectual inferiors! That wins her points with the girls and even benefits the one boy who's intellectually gifted enough to date our Indian newcomer: Dilton!

Towards the end of this story, we learn that one of Riverdale's two newest female students is very unhappy and wants to return home. Is it Violette? Or is it Banni? We shall have to wait to months to find out for certain!

One last point. Archie isn't adjusting well to Betty & Veronica's absence. Now that he has all of this free time, he has thrown himself into all sorts of odd jobs: raking, lawn-mowing, dog-walking, etc. You'd think he was saving up for a new car or something. But he's got another goal: He's planning to flying overseas to hang out with Betty and Veronica! Do you think he'll make it?

As noted above, I'm pretty sure that the girls will be moving on from India soon. I'm not sure if they are going to be continuing their mutual masquerades once they leave India. It's an interesting concept of switching roles and one that would be fun to explore more -- especially if Archie actually manages to board a plane and see them!

"Caught In Their Own Trap" was written by Michael Uslan, penciled by Dan Parent, inked by Bob Smith, lettered by Jack Morelli, and colored by Glenn Whitmore.


hobbyfan said...

I happened to see this at the newsstand yesterday whilst killing time between buses. As I noted in responding to another post, it seems this book is behind schedule for some reason. I was wondering if you could shed some light on any info you might've have gotten?

Jon said...

There have been consistent delays with this title for a while, as well as a few other Archie titles. 275 wasn't as late as previous issues.mindont quite get Archie's delay issues. Some title, like Archie and Black Hood are regularly on time. Same with the action titles (Sonic and Mega Man). B&V and Afterlife? Not so good.

Sometimes I worry that it's a cash flow issue. And sometimes I think it's an editorial/publisher issue. Ultimately, I really don't know.

hobbyfan said...

Insofar as the horror books go, it's due to Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa wearing too many hats. He's writing the two books, but as an officer of the company, he's also working on the live-action "Riverdale" pilot for Fox. He didn't go into much detail in Sabrina 2 about the delays, which is wrong. Be up front, I say.

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Jon said...

It was published a few month ago. I have the title on my pull-list at my local comic book shop, but Barnes & Noble might still have copies of it. Also, I bet you could order copies directly from Archie Comics. Or you could pick up a copy online from the Archie App.

Incidentally, I am WAY overdue for a review of issue 278, which is the final issue of the comic book. I will do my best to write about it tomorrow.