Lenny Lizardlips is back in issue #3 of Betty Boop! In “Quit Buggin’ Me,” the Brothers Boo unleash some nasty bugs on the town. To make matters worse, they give them a special jelly that makes them grow to unfathomable sizes! They’re after Grampy’s house, so they set the most vicious ones loose in there. However, there’s something surprising that is able to get rid of the bugs once and for all.
Writer Roger Langridge makes this script sound fluent and traditional. Langridge has worked on another iconic Golden Age character (Popeye), so he knows how to get across that old-timey tone. The language is formal but friendly, and the entire issue is undoubtedly understandable.
The villain group in this series is a rather fun one. The Brothers Boo and even Lenny Lizardlips are such silly creatures that they come off as more funny than menacing—dare I say, they’re even cute! Even so, Betty Boop is definitely not a book for kids. Langridge, in continuation with the original Betty Boop, adds adult themes into the series (i.e. dating, the concept of Hell, etc.). The book itself is rated “Teen,” appropriately.
There is some great character interaction in this issue. The employees at the club where Betty Boop works are insanely close. They speak like old friends and really seem to care about each other. These are the kinds of friends I would love to have.
Artist Gisele Lagace is probably best-known for her webcomic, Menage a 3. Her artwork on Archie makes her the perfect candidate for this series. Her cartoonish art style perfectly fits Betty Boop’s signature look and bulbous head. The unrealistic facial features leave so much room for emphatic emotional responses that we can really see every hint of anger, surprise, disgust, and just about everything else.
Betty Boop fans, I implore you, pick up this book and give it a read. The outlandish plots and fluid character interaction make for an entertaining story and a beautiful walk down memory lane with a classic character.
Written by: Roger Langridge
Illustrated by: Gisele Lagace