Synopsis: She’s more modest than Ms. Blaise, but peels more than Ms. Emma. She out-vamps Vampirella, but she’s sweeter than Honey West. She put the mod in model, and the bangs in bang-bang. Now the world can know the truth: her classified adventures back in 1951 Hollywood have been declassified.
Review: Dave Avallone strikes again with this fun story involving glamour model Bettie Page’s days as a secret agent in the early 50’s. And I have to say. This first issue is a gas.
The story begins with Bettie on a modelling assignment that gets raided by the Feds.
While making her escape she meets scientist Mr Chaplain who enlists her skills at his lab in Pasadena.
Bettie’s adventure begins as she gets to the bottom of a mystery, which Chaplain has been trying to solve for some time.
Once again Avallone proves adept at writing period pulp stories and gives each and everyone of his characters a very clear and unique voice. As you read it you can almost hear the voice of Bettie Page in your ear.
The artwork by Colton Worley is gorgeous. He not only draws a really nice Bettie Page, but he also draws some really nice period stuff that you’d associate with the 50’s. Such as old style type writers weapons and even lettering with very appropriate fonts for the era.
The story moves at a rapid pace and the final page reveals the next chapter in a very pulp style that you’d associate with movie serials of the 30’s through to the 50’s.
Having Bettie Page be a secret agents is a master stroke and it works really well as a concept.
I really enjoyed this first issue, which tells a somewhat self contained story to introduce the characters.
I look forward to the next issue, which involves an invasion of space commies. Hmmmm.
Dynamite will release this first issue on Wednesday 26 July.
- Art Work9.5