In Review: Bettie Page Vol. 2 #3

Bettie and Lilibet, together again for the first time! Two queens from opposite sides of the tracks may be the only ones who can stop an alien invasion!

Synopsis: Bettie and Lilibet, together again for the first time! Two queens from opposite sides of the tracks may be the only ones who can stop an alien invasion! Or is there even deeper treachery afoot? If you loved THE CROWN but thought it needed more flying saucers. Then this latest story arc will be right up your street.

Review: Bettie and the Queen of England have some fun banter as they try to figure out an escape plan.

The Story

Picking up the story from the previous issue. Bettie has been captured and has been imprisoned in the same place as the kidnapped Queen Elisabeth or Lilibet for short. As the two women begin to get to know each other they figure out that it has all been a plot masterminded by Harling in order to get parliamentary support for his defense force against alien threats. But everything is about to go all pear-shaped.

The Artwork

Julius Ohta continues to provide some wonderful artwork for this issue and his drawings of the queen look very much like how Claire Foy was made up to look for ‘The Crown’.

The various action beats throughout this issue are wonderful to look at. But it is the flying saucer and helicopter on the final page that really sells it.

Overall

David Avallone continues to write some of the best period dialogue you’ll likely read in a comic. The banter between the soldiers where they are joking among themselves is very believable for the time period in which this is set. I also loved the dialogue he wrote for the Queen and Bettie as they get to know each other and of course the authoritative way in which the Queen deals with the soldiers and makes them call Harling in order to set up the final confrontation.

I’m really looking forward to seeing how Avallone will wrap this story arc up. No matter how long it runs for.

My only complaint is the lettering. In the panels where Bettie is wearing the helmet. It is barely visible due to the fact that her voice sounds lower. The letterer chose to have the lettering fade to a point where even the most sighted person would have to squint in order to read this dialogue. I have friends that are partially sighted who read comics that would have struggled with this. So I have to address this issue by asking if there might have been another way to sell this fact in the story. Instead of fading the text so much.

Aside from that one issue. Great stuff.

9.5
Bettie Page Vol. 2 #3
  • Covers
    9.3
  • Story
    9.7
  • Artwork
    9.8
  • Lettering
    9.0
  • 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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