In Review: Bettie Page (2023) #1

It’s la dolce vita for Bettie! Beautiful Bettie has been cast as the lead of a film shooting in Rome, but before she can experience the sights and sounds of Italy, shady-looking thugs try to kidnap her!
Bettie

Synopsis: It’s la dolce vita for Bettie! Beautiful Bettie has been cast as the lead of a film shooting in Rome, but before she can experience the sights and sounds of Italy, shady-looking thugs try to kidnap her! Why? Well, Bettie happens to be the spitting image of another woman…a woman who’s in BIG trouble with trouble-making types! Can Bettie negotiate her way through a madcap adventure of mistaken identity and star-crossed love, Italian style?

 

The Story

When Bettie gets a little tired of a photo shoot and the photographer and his crew treat her badly. She longs for a holiday and wants out. However, her Personal Assistant Beauregard insists that she must stick to it. Thankfully, Bettie’s agent comes along with a better off and whisks Bettie and Beauregard off to Rome for a movie shoot in which Bettie will be the star. As they arrive Beauregard is immediately suspicious about the director of the film Vitelloni who wants to start shooting the film right away. Additionally, a series of accidents that very nearly hurt Bettie created further suspicion, which spurs Beauregard on to investigate even more.

 

Artwork

Elisa Ferrari does a solid job of the artwork throughout this story and uses an art style that is more of a cartoon version of Bettie Page, which works well given that it seems that this story is set early on in Betties Career. As in a few years before her adventures as a Spy.

The artist does a great job of capturing the chaos of a working movie set. I especially liked the image of Bettie nearly being thrown by a fake elephant.

 

Overall

This isn’t a bad story, but I can’t help but feel that the character of Beauregard is getting a lot more attention than the titular character who seems to be a lot less streetwise than previous incarnations of her character that have been published by Dynamite. Hopefully, we see Bettie evolve in future issues because right now she doesn’t seem to be the same character that I have read in previous books as Beauregard seems to be doing all the investigation.

8.9
Bettie Page (2023) #1
  • Covers
    9.0
  • Story
    8.0
  • Artwork
    9.0
  • Lettering
    9.4
  • Colours
    9.0

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