"Black Betty #2" Comic Review
Written by James Ferguson
Published by Action Lab: Danger Zone
Written by Shawn Gabborin
Illustrated by Michela Da Sacco
Colored by Rosa “Rosakaz” Rantila
2018, 32 Pages, $3.99
Comic released on March 7th, 2018
Black Betty has taken a job to save a girl and stop a monster. She’s found the girl, but is currently going toe-to-toe with a multi-headed troll. This is how she earns her living, so she’s not giving up any time soon. She’s used to fighting all kinds of creatures, so this is just the latest in a long line of uglies she has to put down in order to pay her bills.
While the first issue of Black Betty introduces us to the character and her world, it doesn’t do much to establish her power set or why she’s doing this. We get some of the former here, but not the latter. Betty has the ability to absorb certain monsters instead of killing them. This gives her a new tattoo and some of that creature’s abilities. In this case, she had previously taken in a golem and received enhanced strength, thicker skin, and the word “Clooless” written on her knuckles.
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The troll Betty is facing is absolutely hideous. It’s like a human-shaped tumor, but with limbs that are too long, strange growths along its body, and hair all over. Everything about this thing is unnatural. It even has a third arm that sticks awkwardly out of its side, like it has swallowed a teenager and they are trying to claw their way out. Artist Michela Da Sacco has proven she can make some terrifying monsters with this thing.
Much of this issue consists of the battle with the troll. Da Sacco displays some excellent fight choreography, keeping the match-up exciting and fresh. Betty pulls out all the stops, using every weapon at her disposal. She is outgunned, outnumbered, and outmatched, but she doesn’t let that stop her. To put it simply, Black Betty kicks ass.
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Although she’s fighting to save a woman’s life, Betty is really in this for the money. She delivers the girl back to her family, but it comes with an additional unexpected cost payable with blood. Betty is pragmatic in the way she views this turn of events. It is what it is. She was paid to do a job and she did it. So what if there was some collateral damage? That’s not her problem.
There’s a scene that bookends this issue that drops some hints at the possible future monsters Betty will encounter. Somehow, this lone creature is even creepier than everything we’ve seen so far. This beast’s connection to Betty is still unknown, however it is very intriguing.
Black Betty is a badass monster fighter that just won’t quit. She’s not bogged down by personal drama or an annoying supporting cast. (I’m looking at you, Buffy.) This issue shows her take down a creature twice her size without missing a beat. This series is shaping up to be pretty friggin’ cool.