Betty And Veronica: Vixens #6 begins an unsettling new story arc. Jamie Lee Rotante ups the stakes from the last issue’s bloody finale. Not only do we have the start of a kidnapping spree, but also cold-blooded murder and the possibility of a future without the Lodges. You might say that if Riverdale becomes even an iota more dangerous, they will be lodging elsewhere. Just the opening sequence’s portrayal of a kidnapping makes me think of a horror movie, especially because of the staging. I appreciate the way that the comic’s “camera” opens on Abbey before shifting to a first-person point of view shot for the Serpent.
As always, Jen Vaughn and Elaina Unger’s attention to detail impresses me. The background details in a scene set in Pop’s Choklit Shoppe are all perfectly in space. Even if you’re not intentionally scanning the background for anything, they still assist with making the restaurant look real. If you are, on the other hand, the minute details flesh out the universe even more. Josie, of Josie & The Pussycats fame, has a signed poster in the upper portion. I have to say, based on the action-packed shenanigans in that amazing series, short-lived as it was, having a musical guest appearance would only increase the quality of the comic.
On a more realistic note, the Shoppe also contains a gumball machine, fitting in with the intended design of the area. It fits in with the fifties-style aesthetic, not only because the initial franchise began in the forties, but also because it works with the nostalgia appeal. Who doesn’t like the chance to grab a gumball after enjoying a delicious meal? For that matter, they don’t work solely with restaurants. One could pick one up after a haircut! Additionally, the machine is carefully shown to be approximately one-quarter full, further showing Pop’s popularity as a local favorite.
Betty And Veronica: Vixens #6 is written by Jamie Lee Rotante, colored by Elaina Unger with art by Jen Vaughn, letters by Rachel Deering, and edited by Alex Segura and Vincent Lovallo.