Tuesday, June 7, 2022

Comics Review: BETTIE PAGE and the Alien Agenda #4


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. (June 2022)

Rated Teen+

“Tacos, Temples and... Terror!”

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 #4 (“Tacos, Temples and... Terror!”) opens on a beach near Veracruz, Mexico.  There, Bettie and her team, Young-ja and Sofia, are relaxing before the next stage of their quest.

Bettie and her team are getting closer to the final location of the alien weapon stockpile, and now, they must slash their way through the jungles of Mexico in order to find “the Temple of the Sun.”  But they are starting to have questions.  What are they really search for?  Are aliens really hiding weapons?  Or could it be something much worse?  It is time to confront beauty and terror in the land of a lost tribe of “Ancient Aztecs” holding many secrets.  Plus, what meal has Young-ja's brought for the gang?

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

Writer Ani-Mia (the pen name of Mia McLaughlin) continues to offer an easy pace for Bettie Page and the Alien Agenda.  In a series that is the comic book equivalent of easy listening music, issue #4 may be the most easy-going issue yet.  Still, I have come to really enjoy this series.

Celor's calm and smooth storytelling carries readers along on this delightful adventure and even includes a sweet spin of a character breaking the fourth wall.  Celor sells Bettie Page as a best smooth and sexy spin on Indiana Jones, and it works.

I have been remiss in mentioning how much I like Joseph Michael Linsner's theme covers for this series.  This is another element that makes Bettie Page and the Alien Agenda different.

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” June 2022, which features an interview with writer Christopher Priest.]


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


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