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"Bettie Page: Unbound #2" Comic Review

Written by James Ferguson

Published by Dynamite Entertainment

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Written by David Avallone
Illustrated by Julius Ohta
Colored by Ellie Wright
Color Flats by Sheelagh D
Lettered by Taylor Esposito
2019, 32 Pages, $3.99
Comic released on July 10th, 2019

Review:

Bettie Page is on a mission to save our very reality. She must collect five Eternal Keys to lock the Great Old Ones away once and for all. This has taken her to barbaric lands, inhabiting the body of Red Sonja and now she's popped up on a strange world taking on the guise of a familiar vampiric heroine. Can she stop the cultists from summoning a monster and destroying everything? Perhaps more importantly, can she resist her newfound bloodlust long enough to do it?

I will admit that I didn't know what to expect with Bettie Page: Unbound at first. After reading writer David Avallone's work on Elvira, I had to check this out and I was not disappointed. Avallone brings the same level of quirky fun he did to the Mistress of the Dark to Bettie Page. He pokes fun at some of the stranger elements of the horror genre and Vampirella while also treating them fairly. The book walks this fine line between parody and homage.

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Bettie is a great character for this adventure, as she's very much a fish out of water. This is exemplified in Julius Ohta's artwork, consistently showing a surprised or startled look on her face. This expression gives way to cunning as she comes to understand the situation she's in and the powers she now has.

Ohta gives us a different spin on Vampirella's traditional costume, adding a micro skirt to go with the usual skimpy bathing suit. Betty's smaller stature gives a unique spin on the look. She looks vulnerable at times, like she's out of her element, but that gets washed away when she embraces her new abilities.

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This lines up nicely with Taylor Esposito's letters, capturing Bettie's enthusiasm and wonder at this new land and her mysterious and deadly powers. Her internal narration is presented in caption boxes with a slight wave in the background, coinciding with the transient nature of her current predicament.

There's a gloomy quality to Bettie Page: Unbound #2. Colorist Ellie Wright strikes a tone that's ripped right out of Halloween, with deep reds filling the sky like the best moments at twilight. This is tinged with a bit of sci-fi with the Stormtrooper-esque uniforms of the soldiers and their fortress. Vampirella is from another planet, after all.

Bettie Page: Unbound is a fun trip through the heroines from Dynamite Entertainment. We've seen Red Sonja and now Vampirella with more to come. This one plays with the horror genre, turning it on its ear and playing with the aspects of the genre we love. Bettie has an infectious enthusiasm about this adventure, so it's easy to get wrapped up in this, even when she's drinking blood.

Grades:

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Art: Fourandahalfstars
Overall: Fourstars

About The Author
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James has a 2nd grade reading level and, as a result, only reads books with pictures. Horror is his 5th favorite genre right after romantic comedy and just before silent films. No one knows why he's here, but he won't leave.
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