Betty And Veronica: Vixens #7 continues the “Hunted!” story arc with some progress on the mystery of the missing citizens of Riverdale. The character dynamics are as entertaining as ever, but I found the appearance of “Doc” to be somewhat confusing. Perhaps it was just me, but his characterization seemed altered in comparison with the last few issues. This is most likely just on me, not the creative team. Alternately, maybe his changing alliances will be explained within the next few chapters. Additionally, the brief appearance from another rival gang felt somewhat anti-climactic in nature, with the threat suddenly dissipating. It is unclear at this time why that happened, but, as with Doc’s change, more might be explained in the future.
On the plus side, this issue contains a beautiful splash image of the Vixens and the Thrashers about to collide. The colors are especially engaging, with the various outfits meshing together to bring a rainbow to mind. A violent rainbow that wields a baseball bat and wants to bash your brains in, but a rainbow nonetheless.
Oddly, I think my favorite scenes revolved around the villains, this time around. When more of Mr. Lodge’s faults are revealed, we can truly see Veronica’s disappointment and disillusionment etched on her face. She can only shiver and give a horrified whisper after he offers empty platitudes and walks away. In a way, it is one of the most chilling moments in the series. Forget the gore and the kidnapping, this is a character who sees himself as a moral paragon, but his preconceived notions and stereotypes stop him from helping in the search for an innocent woman.
Betty And Veronica: Vixens #1 is written by Jamie Lee Rotante, drawn by Jen Vaughn, and colored by Elaina Unger and Matt Herms.