Monday, May 9, 2022

Comics Review: "BETTIE PAGE and the Alien Agenda #3"


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; Celor; Bettie Page vintage photo cover; Ani-Mia and So Say We All Photography
32pp, Color, $3.99 U.S. (May 2022)

Rated Teen+

“Greece and Desist”

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 #3 (“Greece and Desist”) opens on the island of Crete, Greece.  Following a nearly deadly escapade in the pyramid of Djoser at the Saqqara Necropolis in Egypt, Bettie and her team, Young-ja and Sofia, cautiously jet off to their next clue location in Greece.

This time, the ladies set out on their own, without backup, and hope that they are better prepared to handle any traps that may await them.  Inside the ruins of the ancient Greek Palace of Knossos, Bettie and company will find that the answers are hard to come by and there is not much time to find them.

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 #3, which is the sixth issue of a Dynamite Bettie Page comic book that I have read.

Writer Ani-Mia (the pen name of Mia McLaughlin) offers an easy pace for Bettie Page and the Alien Agenda.  The story is Indiana Jones light, with a plot that vaguely resembles the film, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skulls.  Ani-Mia does not provide the big action set pieces that the film offers, but mystery, puzzles, and traps pop up with regularity.

Celor's calm and smooth storytelling carries readers along on this delightful adventure.  There is something alluring here about the way Celor tells this story.  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 another issue.

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

[This comic book includes “Dynamite Dispatch” May 2022, which features an interview with writer Jordan Clark.]


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

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