Writer: Mike Pellowski
Inks: Ken Selig*
Original Publication: Betty and Veronica Comics Digest Magazine, No. 178
Cover Date: November, 2007
Shipping Date: September 19, 2007**
On-Sale DDC Date: September 26, 2007**
On-Sale Newsstand Date: October 9, 2007**
Length: 6 pages
*I’m posting an old review that I wrote in 2007, of a story in a digest that I no longer own. I didn’t make note of anyone other than the writer back then; the info comes from Grand Comics Database.
**according to solicitations
Veronica, Nancy, and Betty are at school. As Moose walks by, Veronica admires him for being the star athlete on a winning team, but Nancy points out that Moose won’t be on any team unless he does well on his mid-terms. Veronica and Nancy realize they need help on mid-terms. Veronica asks Betty, who always does well on mid-terms, what her secret is. Betty says she just organizes her notes and studies hard in a quiet environment with no distractions. Veronica suggests forming a study team with Betty as their captain. Nancy likes the idea. Archie, Reggie, and Chuck overhear and decide to join. Betty, who hasn’t agreed to anything yet, is talked into it.
That evening, they meet at Betty’s house. Archie brings along Jughead.
Later, Veronica and Nancy gossip, Reggie and Archie talk about something, and Jughead eats, leaving Betty to try to study on her own in a noisy living room. Chuck is unaccounted for.
Later still, after the others leave, Alice asks “Ms. Captain” how it went. Betty says not too well and hopes things will improve.
At the next study team meeting, Jughead eats and drinks, Reggie tells a joke to Betty (who’s trying to study), Chuck talks with Nancy, and Archie watches Veronica talk on her cell phone.
Finally, after a week of “work”, Betty tells her mom that this idea is a disaster, and Alice guesses Betty will just have to quit the team.
Later, at school, Nancy tries to talk Betty out of quitting, but Betty has found someone that volunteered to take her place: Dilton. Dilton is excited, because he’s “never been the captain of anything before!” Dilton sets a study team meeting at his house tonight. Archie, Nancy, and Reggie are excited, but Veronica asks Betty if she’s sure about quitting. Betty says, when it comes to studying, she’s just not into team sports; she’s more of an individual athlete. Reggie says he’ll bring some snacks, Archie laughs, and Dilton starts to get concerned.
This is an entertaining story.
It’s rude of the kids to pressure Betty into this, especially since they end up not doing any work. It’s weird that Betty put up with their nonsense for a week before quitting. I would have been out of there on day 1 – day 2 at the latest.
How did Betty get Dilton to “volunteer” to take her place? Did she casually mention the group to him? Did she flat-out ask him to take her place and then lied to the group?
Dilton’s never been the captain of anything before? I’m surprised that he’s not the captain of the debate team or something.
Chuck and Jughead seem to pop in and out of this story on the writer’s whim. A bit more consistency would have been nice.
And it’s totally rude of Archie to bring Jughead along without consulting Betty.
Finally, a typo: In the last panel, “athlete” is broken up into two words: “ath lete”.