REVIEW: ‘Bettie Page,’ Issue #3 – The Two Betties

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Bettie Page #3 is published by Dynamite Comics, written by David Avallone (Elvira: Mistress of the Dark) with art by Julius Ohta (Sherlock Holmes), colors by Ellie Wright, color flats by Sheelagh D, and letters by Taylor Esposito. The volume continues the adventures of Bettie Page as an undercover agent who works to unravel the mystery behind the Queen of England’s disappearance after coming face to face with the extraterrestrial.  Now, she is teaming up with the Queen herself to find out who abducted her and how to stop them.

With their quick wit and fierce kicks, both Betties work together to fight the men who captured Elizabeth and escape from danger. This issue ramps up the pacing and might be my favorite issue so far.

Queen Elizabeth is a wonderful companion to Bettie, as the two work together in different but dynamic ways. Bettie is still an espionage agent through and through while Queen Elizabeth commands respect even from the treasonous men who captured her. Her imposing power often gives them an upper hand. It is also nice to see such different but still powerful female characters owning the page.

Bettie Page #3 is an action-packed issue from start to finish. Bettie relies a lot on her surrounding to get the upper hand, especially when engaging with armed combatants. The fight scenes are done well and the panel backgrounds have a lot of movement in them to create depth. She is consistently underestimated by her opponents but much like the Queen standing next to her the entire issue, she never lets men’s opinions phase her. She is strong, feminine, and has eyeliner to die for.

Avallone packs a lot of witty dialogue into the issue in addition to the punches. While the two women are obviously outnumbered they remain cool and calm through the entire ordeal. One of my favorite things consistently throughout this book is that Bettie Page is not a femme fatale.

In the comic, despite being absolutely breathtaking, she has never had to seduce a man and she has never had to dress particularly provocative while doing the more dirty parts of espionage like sneaking around a warehouse to find a missing Queen. That being said, there is nothing wrong with a character doing those things, it is just a refreshing change to see Bettie sticking to her more pin-up style.

Ohta’s art continues to be spectacular with thick, meaningful lines that create an elegant style that pays homage to the incredible woman Bettie Page was in real life. It is complemented by Sheelagh D’s color flats that elevate the panels. The color palette of this issue leans darker due to the setting but the book still retains its bonkers, off the wall style.

Overall, Bettie Page #3 is another wild, action ride for the espionage agent. This character’s femininity speaks to me which is probably why I continue to love this book so much.

Bettie Page #3 is available everywhere now wherever comic books are sold

Bettie Page #3
4.5

TL;DR

Overall, Bettie Page #3 is another wild, action ride for the espionage agent. This character’s femininity speaks to me which is probably why I continue to love this book so much.