Synopsis: Bettie takes on Hollywood as the B-Movie Queen of the Space Commies! Bettie gets in over her head with the shadowy Sky Science cult! Bettie unleashes chaos at the Griffith Park Observatory!
Review: The second issue of Bettie Page sees Betty cast as the Queen of the Space Commies, but it soon becomes apparent that her movie star aspirations tie in with the bigger mystery of the former scientist that tied her up in the last issue.
Once again David Avallone captures the spirit of the 1950’s with his knowledge of how people talked in the day. It’s pretty obvious that Avallone has an appreciation for the pulps as well as classic pulp movies of the day.
A highlight of the issue is when Betty gets a ride off of her former boss Chaplain who is still investigating the mad scientist that went off with his wife. Betty and Chaplain are having a fun bit of banter when they suddenly find themselves driving through a hail of tommy gun bullets.
Things take a fun turn when it becomes fairly obvious that the same said scientist has a hand to play in the film that Betty is working on.
This is a beautifully written story and having Betty Page as a secret agent of sorts is a master stroke.
The art by Colton Worley is sumptuous. I love his attention to detail when it comes to the cars and various clothes that were worn in the 1950’s, but I also love the drawing on page 5 in which Betty in her guise as the Queen of Space Commies gives an American GI what for.
The reveal at the end of the book feels very 1930’s movie serial in that you will find yourself anxiously wanting to know what will happen in the next issue.
Well I’m game for issue 3. Bring it on.
- Art Work9.8