Comics – The Wish!

Betty-and-Veronica-270
Writer: George Gladir
Pencils: Jeff Shultz
Inking: Bob Smith
Colors: Glenn Whitmore
Letters: Jack Morelli
Original Publication: Betty and Veronica, No. 270
Cover Date: April, 2014
Length: 6 pages

Another inventory story.

At Betty’s house, Betty and Polly have just finished eating a meal in the kitchen and are about to partake in a “wishbone tussle”. Polly asks Betty about her wish. Betty’s decided but doesn’t reveal what it is. Betty wins, and Polly again asks her about her wish. Betty wished Veronica loses her hold on Archie, so Archie automatically becomes hers. The meal made Betty sleepy, so she goes upstairs and goes to bed.

In “Dreamland”, after four years of “intensive study”, Betty graduates from Super Hero Academy with high honors and becomes an official super hero. To Betty, this means now having a level playing field with Veronica. Apparently, super powers can compete with a “posh” lifestyle. She ditches her cap and gown, revealing her costume underneath, which is just her SuperTeen costume (SuperTeen is Betty’s superhero alter ego in the AU stories where she and the others are part-time superheroes), except it just says “BC” instead of “ST”, so there’s no secret identity involved. Anyway, she flies out of Super Hero Academy (established 1938), diploma in hand, heads for Riverdale, and vows Archie will soon be hers.

Betty arrives in the park and shows off her powers (by doing push-ups), trying to impress Archie. She predicts they’ll “be able to win every TV dance contest” with their “action moves” and also win every car race (by cheating). Betty believes they’ll become world famous and wealthy beyond their wildest dreams.

Veronica comes by and addresses Betty, and Betty corrects her that it’s “Super Betty” to her. Archie dumps Veronica, claiming her posh lifestyle gave him an inferiority complex. Betty’s delighted, but Archie reveals her super powers give him a super inferiority complex, and he dumps her ass as well. This shocks Betty. As Ethel walks by, Archie points her out as an example of the “plain, simple girl” that he needs: she’ll always look up to him as “someone special”.

As Archie and Ethel walk off together, Archie declares her to be his “true soulmate”. She tells “Archiekins” that “[her] heart cries out for [him] alone”. Veronica’s happy, because Ethel has spared her the trouble of dumping “Carrot-Top”. Betty sobs at the loss of her “one and only”.

Betty wakes up the next morning, goes downstairs, and tells Polly about her “weird dream” with a message: the whole “be careful what you wish for” thing. Polly’s confused. Also, what the fuck is Polly wearing?! Who wears a red short-sleeved shirt over a green long-sleeved shirt?

This was an okay story. It doesn’t count for much except what goes on in Betty’s unconscious mind.

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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 – The Wish!”

  1. Apparently, what Betty’s unconscious mind believes is that Archie behaves contrarily just to frustrate her, based on the fact that the real Archie has never shown any interest in “plain, simple” Ethel, and in fact is distracted from Betty by Veronica, who is anything BUT plain and simple – so Betty’s original wish to impress Archie with her flashiness as a superhero was really on the money. As long as the story’s a dream, however, it exempts it from having to make any sense. Well, it was nice to see the old Superteen costume again, even if it’s not clear from the actual script that this was Gladir’s intent when he wrote it.

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    1. … and you know, the more I think about it, Archie really *should* have an inferiority complex when it comes to Betty, because she really is superior to him in every way. Smarter, more athletic, even a better auto mechanic. But all these things Betty does to impress Archie and get his attention (just like her wish to be a superhero). She thinks she’ll get his attention by being a good cook, and baking him delicious treats, or by using her smarts and better study habits to help Archie study for tests, etc. And she KNOWS “ol Betsy” is constantly in need of repair, so she learns how to fix cars so that she can make sure Archie’s car is running so he can take her out on a date (although it’s just as likely to backfire on her and allow him to take out Veronica instead).
      Interestingly, the guy who DID have a huge inferiority complex was Bingo Wilkin. His girl Samantha Smyth was not only physically stronger than him and better in every sport, but she could beat him in any other competitive game as well, whether it involved skill or strategy. Now, it’s hardly unusual for fathers of teenaged girls to think that any average guy she dated wasn’t good enough for her, but Bingo actually knew it to be true, despite the fact that Samantha’s feelings for him were genuine – she loved him just because he was a nice guy.

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