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Betty Boop (2016) #1

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Upon reading this first issue of Roger Langridge and Gisèle Lagacé’s Betty Boop relaunch, it occurred to me I have never seen a full “Betty Boop” cartoon. I have no idea what to expect from it. What the comic delivers is some cute jokes and some cute songs. Betty Boop’s more the subject of the comic than the protagonist, which makes it a little weird.

But it’s a fine comic. I don’t know how excited I’d be if it weren’t Langridge–I hope he someday can get an album together of all these songs he’s been doing over the years in comics. Lagacé’s art is solid. Betty Boop as a character has a lot more polish than any of the other ones in the book and it almost seems like a licensing thing.

The story has to do with ghosts and evil lizards and home foreclosures. It’s not as imaginatively plotted as those elements would need to come off; again, I don’t know Boop so maybe Langridge is pacing it off the cartoons?

It does not, however, get me interested in watching “Betty Boop” cartoons at all, which I sort of think I should be doing.

One response to “Betty Boop (2016) #1”

  1. Matthew Hurwitz

    This is typically good Langridge work-for-hire on a classic character, but even though the Gisèle Lagacé art is really good it’s not wild enough for the material, classic Betty Boop cartoons are like surrealist nightmares. And it’s weird how she gives Betty, Bimbo and other animal people human-sized bodies instead of cartoon proportions.

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