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"Black Betty #1" Comic Review

Written by James Ferguson

Published by Action Lab: Danger Zone

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Written by Shawn Gabborin
Illustrated by Michela Da Sacco
Colored by Rosa “Rosakaz” Rantila
2018, 32 Pages
Comic released on February 14th, 2018

Review:

The supernatural world is not ready for Black Betty. She's a monster hunter, but she doesn't work for free. What she can't punch or shoot to death, she can absorb into herself. Betty's latest gig has her trudging through the woods to save a man's daughter who's been kidnapped by a mysterious local legend.

Black Betty joins the likes of Zombie Tramp, Doll Face, and Vampblade in Action Lab: Danger Zone's roster of female-led titles. Unlike some others, the cheesecake factor is dialed down. Betty is a strong, curvy woman who would knock your teeth in if you got out of line. I'm glad to see the line expand to include a character like this, as it makes for a more well-rounded group.

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You get the sense that Betty takes no shit from anyone. She is very good at her job and she makes sure she's compensated for it. She's not like Buffy or some of these other monster hunters out there that are doing this to keep society safe. Her bills aren't going to pay themselves.

This attitude comes through in her design too. She sports a short-sleeved plaid button-up shirt that reveals tattoos on both arms. Her hair is held back by a bandana, which frames her charming yet determined face. Betty knows what she can do and she's used to being underestimated by misogynistic jerks and monsters alike.

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Speaking of monsters, Betty encounters two very different kinds in this debut issues. The first is made of black smoke, like that thing in Lost. Unlike the TV show, we actually get an ending here as Betty dispatches it in a way that only she can. The other is the creature in the woods. Artist Michela Da Sacco created a terrifying and filthy beast that would send any normal person running for the hills. It's a great spin on a classic monster that has not received its time in the spotlight.

Black Betty is off to a nice start with just the right amount of intrigue. At its center is a compelling character that we don't know a lot about yet. This is not her origin story. We're dropped into her world and we get up to speed pretty quickly. We don't need to know how she got to this point right now. We can enjoy how effective she is at fighting monsters.

Grades:

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Art: Fourstars
Overall: Fourstars

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James has a 2nd grade reading level and, as a result, only reads books with pictures. Horror is his 5th favorite genre right after romantic comedy and just before silent films. No one knows why he's here, but he won't leave.
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