Comics – Extra Disastrous!

BV-Friends-Digest-260.jpgWriter: Bill Golliher
Pencils: Dan Parent
Inking: Rich Koslowski
Colors: Glenn Whitmore
Letters: Jack Morelli
Original Publication: B&V Friends Jumbo Comics Digest, No. 260
On-Sale Date: April 4, 2018
Length: 5 pages

Veronica and Betty have gotten parts as extras in a “big budget disaster movie” that’s filming in Riverdale for economic reasons (plus they’re filming on one of Mr. Lodge’s downtown properties). Veronica and Betty exposit about how they arrived at their current situation – as well as about filmmaking in general – for no in-story reason; it’s an infodump for our benefit.

The film studio seems to be Universal, the movie is called The World’s End, and I can’t tell if the director is supposed to be anyone in particular or not. A member of the crew, who shows up for only three panels, comes by to do nothing except confirm the girls are extras. Thanks for that.

Anyway, per the director’s instructions, Veronica and Betty are supposed to be having a conversation in the background during this outdoors scene while the film’s leads, knock-offs of Mark Wahlberg and Gwyneth Paltrow, walk through the park and deliver poorly-written, ham-fisted exposition. I wonder if the story’s writer is going meta on us.

Well, the girls fuck up the first take by squeeing over the stars. Veronica fucks up takes 2-4 by talking with her hands, doing pilates, and swallowing a bug (the last one scares Mark, because he thinks Veronica’s dying). Veronica’s “acting” in dealing with the bug inspires the director to use her and Betty elsewhere. Veronica’s excited, and Betty jokes she should swallow bugs more often.

At the Riverdale premiere of the movie, Archie’s sitting with the girls, and he’s eager to see them (the movie’s almost over). Betty tells him to be patient.

After the climactic final battle, during which Gwyneth’s character, Constance, exposits that Mark’s character, Matt, saved the world by destroying the asteroid with his modified atomic laser pointer (yeah…), it’s revealed the fragments destroyed their hometown (“it’s the price someplace had to pay!”). Gwyneth hams up mourning the loss of their “poor town folk”.

The joke is Veronica and Betty were used as dead bodies beneath a fake boulder, and you can see only their legs. Betty and Archie are excited, but Veronica’s upset.

This story’s pretty cute. There’s not a lot of space, though, hence the infodump at the beginning.

Tune in next Wednesday!

Author: markmooreauthor

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

2 thoughts on “Comics – Extra Disastrous!”

  1. Is it just me, or did you get the feeling that this Bill Golliher script had been sitting around in a desk drawer for some years before being given to Dan Parent to draw?

    Disaster movies? Mark Wahlberg and Gwyneth Paltrow? Seems a few years out of date, if you ask me.

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    1. I admit I’m not really up-to-date about what’s “current” in movies. I just looked up both of their filmographies. While neither have done a disaster movie quite like what’s described in this story, Wahlberg recently did his second (and last, as it turns out) Transformers movie (plus he’s still busy as hell and was recently in “All the Money in the World”), and Paltrow is still Pepper Potts in the MCU, so…I dunno. Golliher probably thought “I’ll pick two random blockbuster actors and put ’em together.”


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