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Book Review: Blue Beetle: The More Things Change

Blue Beetle, Vol. 1: The More Things Change Blue Beetle, Vol. 1: The More Things Change by Keith Giffen

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I received this book in digital form off of Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.

In this book, Jaime Reyes has the Blue Beetle scarab and is working with Ted Kord, the post-Crisis Blue Beetle, who is now sidelined. Kord provides Jaime support in the field while also helping him study the scarab with hopes of getting rid of it. Their dynamic reminds me a bit of the 1990s series Batman Beyond with Kord being a somewhat more easygoing but also less helpful than Bruce Wayne was in that series.

This book seems to be trying to recapture the spirit of Reyes' original series from the mid-2000s with Jaime being an El Paso-based teenager whose family knows about his superpowers. I liked the series but this just doesn't give the same vibe.

In six issues in this book, there's not really a compelling storyline and it doesn't have the same sense of fun as the earlier series. The dialogue is often repetitive which gets old fast.

The biggest problem in the book may be Jaime. He's not particularly likable as written. There's one story where he spends several pages being a jerk to a metahuman girl who's just trying to be playful and friendly. Jaime is whiny, a fact that is called out by other characters in multiple issues. It only makes the whining slightly less bothersome.

The book has some good supporting characters who sadly don't get enough focus and there are a few moments that call to mind the good old days, but overall, I left the book uninterested in what happens next. I have to say this is one of the more disappointing DC Rebirth titles I've read.

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Published on May 17, 2017 05:10 Tags: blue-beetle, dc-rebirth, jaime-reyes

Book Review: Blue Beetle, Vol. 4: End Game

Blue Beetle, Vol. 4: End Game Blue Beetle, Vol. 4: End Game by John Rogers

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book collects Issues 20-26 of Jaime Reyes' original Blue Beetle series.

Issue 20 is a tie-in into the Sinestro Corps War. It's a decent enough story that shows the strength of Jaime's character and also brings about a big change for Peacemaker.

Issue 21 finds the Spectre haunting a prison punishing the guilty and forces Jaime to confront his own feelings on mercy and revenge. Good character work.

This leads into the big honking event in Issues 22-25 where Jaime takes on the Reach's planned slow invasion of Earth. This is a well-paced story. Events in the comic were really building towards with a nice slow burn. While in the second season of the TV show, "Young Justice," the Reach is taken down by a team of heroes, Jaime does it alone and unlike in other stories in a shared Marvel or DC Universe where the hero takes on a world-threatening villain without calling in other heroes, this story actually addressed why that's not done. Kudos. It's got great action and some solid character moments. Characters who readers who have been loved by fans of the book since its inception all get involved. It's a really fun story.

Issue 26 is told almost entirely in Spanish. It's not a bad story, but it is a bit gimmicky.

Still, it's fun like all the other stories in this volume. This was a really solid volume for the Blue Beetle.

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Published on September 26, 2019 11:27 Tags: blue-beetle, jaime-reyes

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