Story: David Avallone / Erica Schultz
Art: Roy Allan Martinez / Fernando Ruiz
Colors: Sal Aiala / Valentina Pinto
Letterer: Taylor Esposito / Cardinal Rae
What They Say:
Something evil is lurking in the dark woods of Upstate New York, and hunting the student bodies at exclusive and isolated Annandale College. Model Agent Bettie Page investigates the Annandale Horror…and finds herself enrolled in Werewolf 101, for extra credit…plus, Bettie and Lyssa go to the drive-in with a bunch of intergalactic gate crashers!
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers):
While you can do a Halloween special with just about any kind of character, Dynamite has several characters that are really attuned to such events. After a fun special last year for Bettie Page, the publisher is back with this new one that brings us two different stories. David Avallone has been writing a lot of her ongoing adventures and gets to do a fun one here but we also get Erica Schultz stepping in to give us a different perspective on the character, which is always fun. With both art teams quite solid as well, it’s a very enjoyable book all around that delivers us more Bettie goodness.
Avallone’s story is one that has her excited to enjoy some time in New York City for Halloween but it doesn’t take long for McKnight to show up with a mission for her. This one sends her to upstate New York where Annandale College is struggling with what appears to be a series of werewolf murders over the last few days. Doing her best Clark Kent move with glasses and the right outfit, Bettie fits in perfectly and with a little help and info from the dean she’s able to start her investigation. The suspects are fun, her first wild accusation is a delight in how it plays out, and the twist that’s not too much of a twist gives her a chance to shine as she deals with the beast. Considering what she’s faced before, a werewolf is still a decent challenge because of its physical strength but getting that while all dolled up as College Bettie Page just makes it even more fun.
The second story from Schultz is a bit more straightforward as we get Bettie and Lyssa out for a bit of a date night together at the drive-in. With both of them working as much as they are it’s nice to see both of them getting a break and doing something fun. Of course, it doesn’t last as a War of the Worlds era spaceship arrives and begins blowing up cars and causing chaos, which lets our two leads spring into action here with all their training. The reality of the attack is fairly comical and a nice way of playing things that feels very late 50s in its style so that everything is reset by the end of it, albeit with a bit of amusing visual material. It’s enjoyable watching Bettie and Lyssa working together once again and there are some very fun little background pieces with the artwork that gives it a bit more personality.
I’ve got a lot of love for the Bettie Page comics so getting a bit more of it with two standalone tales like this is a delight. Avallone’s story is one that makes some amusing references to the ongoing projects, which is welcome but not necessary, while Schultz’s story just goes right for the outside action and humor so that it plays big and fun. Both work well to showcase the character and are a good bit of fun. It’s definitely an easy addition to the growing collection of works based on Page and fans will find a lot to like here.
Age Rating: 12+
Released By: Dynamite Entertainment
Release Date: October 2nd, 2019