Comic Review: Betty Boop #1

Man of man, Gisele Legace has been busy. When she's not working on Menage 3, or having Archie meet the Ramones, playing bass for the Québécois band Barbarella, she's at conventions signing art and being simply amazing.

Now she's lends her talents to bringing back another bit of 30's Americana - Betty Boop.

I'm not going to spoil the story here, instead, I'll just give you a taste of what you can expect: This comic is filled with lounge lizards, anthropomorphic cats who can't get out of the friend zone, undead singing skeletons, ragtime table top dancing, a turtle on rocket powered roller skates, ghosts posing as bankers, and a license-less taxi driver with parenting issues. 

The writing is oop-a-doop-mazing.

Roger Langridge really captures the beat and bop of the original comic while bringing a modern sensibility to the script. Betty Boop "skirts" that line between what could be considered feminist or misogynist depending on who is doing the commentary. She can easily be considered a sexual object by some and a empowered women using gifts the artist gave her. It can be a very complicated issue to tackle, but Langridge and Lagace make it very clear how we should think of her by the time the comic is down. Innocent and caring. 

I'm sure I've seen this scene played out multiple times in real life.

Lagace's art, as I have said before, is amazing. She was the perfect artist for Dynamite to tap for Betty. Her characters emote in ways I didn't think two dimensional cartoons could. 

So, if you're at NYCC this week, stop by in artist alley or visit the Archie booth and buy some of her prints, you won't regret it.

So, yah. Job done. Buy this book. 

Rating: 10/10 Boop Boopy Do's