Comics – Always on Our Mind

Writer: Dan Parent
Pencils: Dan Parent
Inking: Rich Koslowski
Coloring: Barry Grossman
Lettering: Jack Morelli
Original Publication: Betty and Veronica Comics Digest Magazine, No. 175
Cover Date: July, 2007
Length: 6 pages

In Miss Grundy’s class, Miss Grundy is happy that the students are concentrating on their books, but she becomes suspicious of Betty and Veronica and confronts them. They were daydreaming about Archie. Veronica even had her book upside-down. Miss Grundy thinks “I can’t blame them! Everyone daydreams!”

We then see various students’ daydreams. Jughead is daydreaming about food. Reggie is daydreaming about himself. Moose and Midge are daydreaming about each other. Cheryl is daydreaming about Betty and Veronica being blasted off from Earth in the Mars Express. Dilton is daydreaming about what appears to be electronic components. Ginger is daydreaming about clothes. Archie is daydreaming about Betty, Veronica, and three random girls. Miss Grundy is daydreaming about a tropical island, but Nancy walks up to her desk and interrupts her with a question.

Later, Nancy is daydreaming about Chuck. Chuck is daydreaming about his “Bird Man” comic book. Maria is daydreaming about Frankie. Frankie is daydreaming about a guitar.

When the bell rings, Miss Grundy wishes the class a nice weekend and to do well on the test next week. Betty decides she better re-read the story. Veronica thinks her own mind was on other things in class. Betty asks Veronica if it was a great story. Veronica embarrassingly pretends she read it and says yes. Veronica wishes Mr. Weatherbee a nice weekend, but Mr. Weatherbee is daydreaming about being a super-hero. Betty interrupts, and he says bye to them. Veronica and Betty wish each other a good weekend.

When Betty gets home, she greets her mom, but Alice is sitting in a chair, reading a romance novel, and daydreaming that the handsome hero is giving flowers to her. Betty greets her dad, but Hal is daydreaming about driving a monster truck.

When Veronica gets home, she greets her mom, but Hermione is daydreaming about becoming the first female President. Veronica greets her dad, but Hiram is daydreaming about the “NYSE Stock Exchange” (short for “New York Stock Exchange Stock Exchange”, apparently).

That night, Betty and Veronica go to bed and dream about multiple Archies jumping over a fence.

This “story” (if you can call it that) doesn’t have much to it. Basically, it’s just small glimpses into various characters’ fantasies. Most of it is nothing surprising. However, Mr. Weatherbee doesn’t strike me as a comic book fan, so his daydream is questionable.

It’s nice to see some actual businesses mentioned in an Archie comic: Dell and Ebay.

The punchline is Betty and Veronica dream about Archie at night after daydreaming about him. Archie is always on their mind (as the title suggests). However, Archie is the only thing on their minds, which isn’t healthy, and Archie daydreams about multiple girls. Can’t Betty and Veronica see their relationships with Archie are unhealthy?

This story has no real plot to it. It would have been nice to see Betty and Veronica actually taking the test, daydreaming during it, and failing. Instead, the story is made all about Archie.

The differences between the ending of this story and the front cover are Betty, Veronica, and Miss Grundy’s outfits; the color of their books; and the use of individual desks instead of tables.

For the featured story in this digest, I’m not impressed with it. This is one of the laziest stories that I’ve ever read.

I realize this is a short review, so stay tuned for a second comic review soon.

Author: markmooreauthor

I love watching anime and superhero movies, and I love playing video games. I also write fan fiction and original fiction.

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