In Review: Bettie Page Vol. 2 #2

When aliens have kidnapped Elizabeth the Second, UFOs are buzzing London, and Winston Churchill asks you to play dress-up…what’s a girl to do?

Synopsis: When aliens have kidnapped Elizabeth the Second, UFOs are buzzing London, and Winston Churchill asks you to play dress-up…what’s a girl to do? Long Live Queen Bettie the First! Another chapter from The Secret Diary of Bettie Page is revealed!

Review: David Avallone’s Bettie Page adventure continues as Bettie digs a little deeper into the mysterious alien abduction of Queen Elizabeth the 2nd.

The Story

Having survived an encounter with a UFO and some Death Rays Bettie makes her way back to Buckingham Palace to report in and suddenly finds herself having to impersonate the Queen in order to keep The British Press from investigating.

Having gotten no real clues as to where the UFO took the Queen, Bettie has no solid leads, but the appearance of her best friend Lyssa changes everything. Could this have anything to do with the Alien that Bettie first encountered in the first volume of her adventures?

The Artwork

Julius Ohta’s artwork is absolutely stunning. He captures the feel and spirit of England of the 1950s perfectly and his drawing of Winston Churchill is a really good likeness. So much so that I think England’s wartime prime minister would definitely approve.

The drawings of the flying saucer toward the end of this issue was so good I felt myself stepping into the panel because I was so mesmerized.

Overall

This was a great second issue with some nice callbacks to the first volume of adventures.

As always David Avallone has a wonderful grasp on how folks likely spoke back then especially when it comes to Bettie’s dialogue. I really enjoyed Churchill’s little speech about Bettie’s strength of character and her iron spine.

Most of all though. It is the way the mystery of this book is set up. It very much feels like a 1930s and 40s movie serial with the cliffhanger ending, which keeps you on the edge of your seat. I can’t wait for issue 3.

9.6
Bettie Page Vol. 2 #2
  • Covers
    9.4
  • Story
    9.6
  • Artwork
    9.8
  • Lettering
    9.5
  • Colours
    9.8

Ian Cullen is the founder of scifipulse.net and has been a fan of science fiction and fantasy from birth. In the past few years he has written for 'Star Trek' Magazine as well as interviewed numerous comics writers, television producers and actors for the SFP-NOW podcast at: www.scifipulseradio.com When he is not writing for scifipulse.net Ian enjoys playing his guitar, studying music, watching movies and reading his comics. Ian is both the founder and owner of scifipulse.net You can contact ian at: ian@scifipulse.net
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