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"Black Betty #7" Comic Review

Written by James Ferguson

Published by Action Lab: Danger Zone

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Written by Shawn Gabborin
Illustrated by Rafael Dantas
Colored by Rosa “Rosakaz” Rantila
2018, 32 Pages, $4.99
Comic released on January 2nd, 2019

Review:

Betty has returned to the strange town where everyone is hypnotized by a mysterious song. This time she's armed with a pipe and ready to knock a few skulls in to get some answers. When a seemingly kind-hearted woman tries to lend a hand with the young deaf boy that called Betty here, our hero gets suspicious. Could this lady be on the level? Or is she the one pulling the strings?

You can probably guess where Black Betty #7 is going. It's a little too convenient that this woman is the only other person that's not in a hypnotic state aside from the deaf kid. He's got an excuse. She doesn't. That being said, writer Shawn Gabborin takes some pretty interesting twists and turns with this issue, leading up to a cliffhanger ending that I did not see coming.

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Betty has to get to the bottom of this quickly before she also succumbs to this bizarre siren song. While these people are under the influence of a foreign entity, they're still trying to kill her, so she's not holding back with that pipe of hers. Artist Rafael Dantas draws one angry mob and they're often shown looking at the reader, as if we're Betty. This is a rather intimidating sequence as dozens of rage-filled people of every race, religion, and gender look like they're ready to tear your eyes out.

Dantas' style has some very clean lines, which allows for all of the figures and backgrounds to stand our clearly. This highlights details, such as Betty's knowing smirk or the pure anger from the mob. Colorist Rosa “Rosakaz” Rantila amplifies that last one with an eerie glow as all of these people are possessed by some unnatural being. You can almost see the rage coming off them, like this is an old cartoon and that mad feeling translates to heat, ready to come out of their ears as steam.

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Rantila's colors are great in the darker scenes, allowing for shadow to add to the mysterious nature of this town. There are times where they're a bit too bright, which doesn't entirely gel with the tone of the book. It's rare that a horror comic looks this vibrant. Don't get me wrong, it’s gorgeous. It's just that the mood of the story doesn't totally mesh up with it.

I'm very curious to see how the twist ending of this issue will play out. This is a frantic ride through a town filled with murderous people. Every turn Betty takes could be her last and she has to stay one step ahead of all of them if she wants to stay alive. The overall tone of this issue has the same feeling as Supernatural, which is definitely not a bad thing.

Grades:

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Art: Fourstars
Overall: Fourstars

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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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