Synopsis: The twisty-turny tropical mystery continues! WHO is the killer? WHEN will they get off the island? WHY is Bettie Page the most qualified detective within a thousand miles? HOW are the elephants SO adorable!?!?
Picking the story up from the last issue. The Constable is investigating yet another murder that has happened on set. His initial suspicion is that the Elephant got spooked when a fight broke out between some of the leading ladies in the movie. But Bettie Page, who was involved in the scene is quick to stand up for Tuskems. In order to get to the bottom of things. The Constable talks to everyone and it seems the most likely suspect is Miss Gardner who seems to have a lot of information about each of the murders. She also seems to have something on just about everybody on the set, which she can use for blackmail.
When Bettie and the film photographer Pal find a piece of incriminating evidence. The real murderer is alerted. But who could it be?
Vincenzo Federici continues to deliver the goods in this issue. The artist manages to deliver a wonderful sense of drama to most of the panels. Particularly of note is the opening few pages where we see Bettie standing in front of the elephant and adopting a very protective posture. The drama continues with a wonderful overhead shot of the constable interviewing the photographer Pal. In fact, his overhead drawings really lend a sense of suspenseful Hitchcockian cinema to this book.
The best shot though is save for the very last page when Bettie and Pal find themselves in grave danger.
Karla Pacheco’s Bettie Page story continues to have the feel of an Agatha Christie story. I’m just waiting for the final issue in which Bettie and the Constable will get everyone together and slowly reveal the identity of the murderer. But that is assuming there is just one killer. In Miss Gardner, we have a very interesting archetype of a powerful Hollywood Starlet who seems to have the goods and pretty much most of the people she is working with. I really enjoyed the exchanges that she has with Bettie on this issue.
Overall. The best issue to date, which feels like it is building up towards some big reveal in next month’s installment.