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.
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?
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.
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.