Tuesday, March 8, 2022

Comics Review: "BETTIE PAGE and the Alien Agenda #1" Starts at Roswell

BETTIE PAGE AND THE ALIEN AGENDA VOLUME 6 #1
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT

STORY: Ani-Mia
ART: Celor
COLORS: Farah Nurmaliza
LETTERS: Carlos M. Mangual
EDITOR: Matt Idelson
COVER: Joseph Michael Linsner;
VARIANT COVER ARTISTS: Joseph Michael Linsner; Josh Burns; Stephane Roux, Jimmy Broxton, Ani-Mia; Celor; Ken Haeser
32pp, Color, $3.99 U.S. (March 2022)

Rated Teen+

Bettie Page (1923–2008) was an American model who gained notoriety in the 1950s for her pin-up photos.  She is still referred to has the “Queen of Pinups,” and her shoulder-to-armpit-length jet-black hair with its trademark bangs and her blue eyes have inspired generations of artists, illustrators and comic book artists.

In 2017, Dynamite Entertainment made Bettie Page the star of her own comic book miniseries.  The latest is Bettie Page and the Alien Agenda Volume 6.  It is written by Ani-Mia; drawn by Celor; colored by Farah Nurmaliza; and lettered by Carlos M. Mangual.  The series finds Bettie searching for answers concerning an alien conspiracy.

Bettie Page and the Alien Agenda Volume 6 #1 opens sometime in the late 1950s.  Bettie Page is lounging poolside at the Beverly Hills Hotel in California.  Her long needed vacation, however, is interrupted by an old friend, Colonel Westbrook.

After a nearly a decade, the government is still struggling with the UFO that crash-landed in Roswell, New Mexico in 1947.  According to Westbrook, what the government scientists and researchers have discovered worries them.  It seems that the alien pilots of the craft, who have yet to be found, have a stockpile of something somewhere on Earth.

The United States military wants Bettie to discover what the stockpile is and has offered her an investigative team to help.  So Bettie travels to the University of Washington in Seattle to meet her team.  However, Bettie is really on her own, as the military will disavow the existence of both the investigation and Bettie!

THE LOWDOWN:   In July 2021, Dynamite Entertainment's marketing department began providing me with PDF review copies of some of their titles.  The latest is Bettie Page and the Alien Agenda Volume 6 #1, which is the fourth issue of a Dynamite Bettie Page comic book that I have read.

Writer Ani-Mia previously wrote the miniseries, Bettie Page and the Bigfoot Bandits, which I did not read.  Bettie Page and the Alien Agenda has an easy pace, but Ani-Mia uses that pace to give the supporting characters some rather entertaining personalities.

Artist Celor draws in a simple, almost generic style, but his storytelling style fits this series better than it did his previous work, the Kiss: Phantom Obsession miniseries.  Here, the mood is like an Indiana Jones movie made for the Hallmark Movies & Mysteries cable network.  Celor seems, in his own unique way, to have created a sense of intrigue.

Dear readers, if you are into the legends surrounding the Roswell crash, you may be interested in trying Bettie Page and the Alien Agenda.  I am ready for the second issue.

I READS YOU RECOMMENDS:  Fans of Bettie Page comic books will want to try Bettie Page and the Alien Agenda Volume 6.

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Reviewed by Leroy Douresseaux a.k.a. "I Reads You"


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