Many Loves of Archie Andrews." This was an ambitious 10-part series of short stories that's been appearing at the beginning of each of the BETTY AND VERONICA DOUBLE DIGEST comic books for the past several months. Each chapter features a story involving Archie Andrews and some romantic misadventure. Stories so far have included Betty & Veronica, Noelle Claus, Valerie Smith, Cheryl Blossom, Sabrina the Teenage Witch, and Ginger Lopez.
This final story focused on one of my favorite minor characters: Amisha Mehta! She was introduced back in ARCHIE #650 during the world tour storyline. Amisha was an Indian music star with fame and riches who gave it all up to transfer to Riverdale High. Presumably so that she could chase after Archie.
Amisha's chapter of "Many Loves of Archie Andrews" is called "Hooray for Bollywood" and it features story & pencils by Dan Parent, inks by Rick
Koslowski, letters by Jack Morelli, and colors by Glenn Whitmore. And I loved it so very much!
Archie and Amisha are helping Raj Patel out with a Bollywood-themed video project, which has Betty and Veronica seeing green because she's obviously falling in love with Archie.
Except that she's not. Much to Archie's dismay, Amisha only has eyes for Raj! Which makes me so very happy! It's about time that some girl realizes that there's more that there's more to Riverdale than Archie Andrews!! Plus, I really like Raj! And why shouldn't he get the girl from time to time?
Of course, Raj is used to every girl falling for Archie and he's totally oblivious to Amisha's advances! What will it take to give Raj a clue? (Hint: Veronica Lodge and her bulldozer approach to dating!)
I just love that the "Many Loves of Archie Andrews" ends with a girl who's really long-past over Archie Andrews and ready to move on!