Story: David Avallone
Art: Kewber Baal
Colors: Ellie Wright / Sheelagh D
Letterer: Taylor Esposito
What They Say:
A mysterious, invisible enemy is closing in on Model Agent Bettie Page, and she doesn’t know where to turn or who to trust. Can she infiltrate and expose this deadly conspiracy in time to save the world? The Invasion of the Bettie Snatchers continues!
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers):
The start of the new arc previously with a “Bettie Snatchers” concept is one that definitely worked for me after some of the other weird things Bettie’s seen so far. David Avallone has played the spycraft side well but with the weirdness of the 50s mingled in so you had aliens and the like, both real and fake, which definitely kept you guessing at times. This installment shifts gears on the art a bit with Kewber Baal handling the duties and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed their work before so the shift isn’t a huge problem other than my desire for consistency. Baal captures the period well but also has some free reign here considering the honeycombs that we spend a good bit of time in. The capture of 50’s cheap couture is what really counts, however.
With her having basically been captured in coming to Blue Book HQ, the reveal of the honeycomb caverns underneath has definitely made it clear to Bettie that big things are going down. I like that she’s uncertain as to whether McKnight and Finney are the real things or not because Finney was supposedly dead, which means doubles may be in play. She’s also keeping it together a lot better than she expected in this narration-heavy issue as there’s nobody to really talk to. The insects speak their own language and just toss her around into a cell eventually to be dealt with later. It’s simple stuff but she takes in as much as she can for any future help it can be but she also eventually gives into the strain of it all considering how they torture her. Using her own memories against her to highlight her history is a nicely done piece, though it’s a grim history that underscores why she is like she is now.
But it also eventually leads her to the recent adventures she’s had in other bodies, who talk to her about taking control of the situation directly instead of what’s going on here. With those avatars in her life now, it’s a good avenue for her to use to stand for herself more. I love that she manages a distraction and escape attempt because it brings up the line that just makes me grin about how flying insects never need steps or ladders in their secret bases and it really gets her upset. Watching her creativity in escaping reminds you of her other adventures and the way she reacts, calm and collected for the most part, but still coping with the surreal nature of it all so that she can provide meta-commentary on wearing Woolwirthst at a time like this.
Invasion of the Body Snatchers in its various forms are some of my favorite movies so the fun of a Bettie Snatchers storyline is right up my alley. Avallone is having a lot of fun here as it’s playing pretty straight into classic horror of the day while Baal, stepping in on the artwork here, captures the surreal aspects really well. It’s weird and quirky and I’m not sure how the whole thing is going to go but I know it’s going to have some great fashion, action, and some hilariously over the top lines at times.
Age Rating: 13+
Released By: Dynamite Entertainment
Release Date: December 11th, 2019