In this philanthropic issue of Betty Boop, she and her crew are raising money for the orphanage, but of course Lenny Lizardlips gets in the way. He has a potion that can cause shapeshifting, so he turns into Lex Linton, the movie star. By getting Grampy to sign over his house (finally), the fictitious movie company will use the funds to film with Betty. Instead, the house is turned into a Hellish base of evil. As it turns out, though, it’s easier to get out of a deal with the Devil than we thought.
I absolutely love the universe that Betty Boop lives in. Her world is overrun with demons, skeletons, frog-people, and finally humans. Living amongst these creatures would be, to a horror fiend like me, a dream come true. To everyone else, this world might actually seem a little weird, or even unappealing. It’s a strange mix, but works out in a rather comedic way.
Gisele Lagace’s artwork is perfect for the tone of the issue. It’s lighthearted but has a dark element that doesn’t transfer much mystery or “scariness,” but more so just villainy, like most comics have. The art style is really rather animated and cartoonish. Given that it’s Betty Boop, this is understandable. It also lends to the lighthearted aspect of the tone.
Writer Roger Langridge does an awesome job with this issue in terms of character interaction. The pacing, however, is a little off. Obviously, Betty Boop has a lot of music in it. In the first issue, it was entertaining and added to the personality of the series. This issue has a lot of songs in it, and honestly, it drastically slows down the pacing of the storyline. After the first issue, I find that whenever a song comes into play during this series, I immediately lose interest. Admittedly, I sometimes simply skim over the songs and get back to the dialogue; the songs add character, yeah, but they just don’t do as well on paper as on the screen.
The plot, though, is perfect. It’s just crazy enough to be believable in a world like Betty’s. Paired with Lagace’s whimsically creepy illustrations, the story is told in a fun and exciting manner that is sure to entertain.
Written by: Roger Langridge
Illustrated by: Gisele Lagace