Tuesday, April 12, 2022

Comics Review: "BETTIE PAGE and the Alien Agenda #2" is a Superior Second Issue


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. (April 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 #2 opens at the Saqqara Necropolis, Egypt.  Bettie and her team, Professor Sofia Villannueva and Kim Young-Ja, arrive via helicopter at the pyramid of Djoser.  There, they meet their guide, Reynolds, and his associates, Ahmed and Karim, who will provide protection during the journey inside the pyramid.

They will need it, as Djoser is filled with treasure and deadly traps.  But Bettie and company have to be here to find the clues that will take them to their next clue location … if they survive Djoser.

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 #2, which is the fifth 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 trick readers.  This series is sedate until it turns to lightning and this issue as some explosive moments.

Celor's calm and smooth art belies the fierce nature of this series.  Celor captures the spirit of fictional grave robbers and treasure hunters like the beloved cinematic archaeologist, Henry “Indiana” Jones.  Celor draws a page turner – an irresistible page turner, and the best thing that colorist Farah Nurmaliza does is accentuate the mood while staying out of Celor's way.

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, for one, love this comic book.  I am ready for the third issue.

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


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


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