In Review: Betty Page #5

Betty has a run in with some radioactive monsters?

Synopsis: You know that thing where your flight back to NYC is interrupted so you can be debriefed at a secret government base, only to find that base under attack by giant radioactive monsters? And you can’t get another flight back home until you defeat the giant radioactive monsters? Sucks, right? But our Bettie can handle it.

Review: David Avallone continues his love affair with pulp storytelling and brings us a classic B-Movie story in which Betty Page comes face to face with the old radioactive monsters.

While visiting Groomlake to be debriefed by a military gentleman by the name of McKnight. Betty undergoes some stringent testing to prove that she has suffered no radioactive after-effects from her run-in with the mysterious flying saucer from her Hollywood adventures.

Things seem to be going smoothly until the base comes under attack by some mysterious giant desert scorpions, which force Betty and her newfound friends to think fast.

As ever the dialogue is fast and witty and Betty gets some fantastic one-liners. Avallone’s knack for making his pulp character sound of their time shines through every time and this particular run of books has been no exception to that rule.

I loved the artwork from Colton Whorly. His giant Scorpians was a true feast for the eyes as they overturned jeeps and created havoc. It put me in mind of those old B-Movies of the 60’s that often involved giant ants and such due to nuclear testing upsetting the balance of nature in that particular part of the US.

Given how this issue concludes. I think we will likely see more from Betty Page once this run is complete. It is left very much open for more potential adventures and I’m really happy about that because Avallone has obviously worked really hard on developing this idea into something that can run for future stories.

I look forward to seeing what is in store for issue six where we may just find out who was behind the giant scorpions.

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