Thursday, July 21, 2022

Comics Review: BETTIE PAGE and the Alien Agenda #5


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. (July 2022)

Rated Teen+

“The Truth is (Far) Out There!”

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 and an “alien cache” of... something.

Bettie Page and the Alien Agenda Volume 6 #5 (“The Truth is (Far) Out There!”) opens as Bettie and her team, Kim Young-ja and Sofia Villannueva:, are aboard a jet headed towards the Pentagon in Washington D.C.  The mystery deepens and Bettie cannot rely on Colonel Westbrook, the man who sent her on this mission to unravel an alien conspiracy

Bettie and her team have traveled the world following the clues left behind for centuries, leading to alien secrets, but they also suspect that their entire mission may have been misunderstood.  Should they trust the government, which may want destroy whatever it is they find?  And what are they going to fine?  Or should they trust the aliens?  And what consequences will they face once they have made the difficult (and possibly world-ending) decision?

THE LOWDOWN:   Since July 2021, Dynamite Entertainment's marketing department has been providing me with PDF review copies of some of their titles.  The latest is Bettie Page and the Alien Agenda Volume 6 #5, which is the eighth issue of a Dynamite Bettie Page comic book that I have read.

Bettie Page and the Alien Agenda Volume 6 #5 is the final issue of this miniseries.  Writer Ani-Mia (the pen name of Mia McLaughlin) finishes up the series with the same easy narrative pace that marked the earlier chapters of the series  I have described Alien Agenda as the comic book equivalent of easy listening music, and I am sorry to say that we've reached the end of this musical selection.

Artist Celor tells the story in a kind of “X-Files” manner – thoughtful and mysterious.  Joseph Michael Linsner's theme covers for this series add a touch of humor and a dash of sexiness.  Well, it's over, and this final issue is good enough to make me await more.

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” July 2022, which features an interview with writer Phillip Kennedy Johnson about his new James Bond comic book series.]


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

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