While Josie may be the star of the series, Valerie has always been the backbone. Valerie is a straight shooting no nonsense kind of woman, and she shines in this issue. When the Pussycats are upstaged by a child prodigy at a state fair, Josie goes into full melt down mode. Valerie tells her to knock it off and to act like an adult, but when Josie isn't listening, Valerie walks away to think long and hard about what she's doing. To be fair to Josie, she's still trying to get over her pseudo breakup from Alan. She's not exactly herself since she's trying to remain professional while not letting her feelings get the best of her. Many of us have been in that position, and it's hard!
There's a lot of emotional growth for both Valerie and Josie in this issue. Josie overcomes her insecurities and accepts that you can't always get what you want. Melody is pretty static so I'm hoping we get a Melody focused story soon. For now she serves as good backup and a shoulder for Josie and Val to cry on, but I'd like to see more growth. Josie And The Pussycats has been one of the best books to come out of the Archie reboot. If you haven't added it to your pull list yet, get on it!