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Blue Beetle, Vol. 1: Metamorphosis

(Blue Beetle (2011) #1)

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3.70  ·  Rating details ·  815 ratings  ·  54 reviews
As a part of the acclaimed DC Comics - The New 52 event of September 2011, Jaime Reyes becomes the all-new Blue Beetle!It's not easy being Jaime Reyes. He has to deal with high school, family and all the drama that comes with being a teenager. Also, he's linked to a powerful scarab created by an alien race known as the Reach who seek to subjugate planets - or annihilate th ...more
Paperback, 144 pages
Published November 20th 2012 by DC Comics (first published September 1st 2012)
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Yodamom
Mar 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics-anime
Loved the illustrations and the fun story. Will be reading more
Mike
Sep 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: completed-series
A New 52 title that I had to search high and low for. This isn't too bad, but frankly, I liked the 2006 incarnation of Jaime and scarab and world better.

The Blue Beetle origin, battle against mercenaries and powerful drug-lord villains and the Reach's failsafe mechanisms.
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Evan Leach
Jan 07, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2010-2019, comics, dc
All in all, this was a solid but unspectacular first arc for the rebooted Beetle. Jaime Reyes is an ordinary teenager before stumbling into his role as Blue Beetle. Due to his age, his girl troubles, and occasional wisecrack this felt a lot like DC's attempt to create a Spider-Man type character. The plot is pretty standard superhero beat-em-up stuff, although shifting the spotlight onto the Latino segment of the DC community was a welcome touch. The artwork was perfectly solid, but didn’t reall ...more
Michael
Oct 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
"... and then the blue guy showed up..."

This was a clever, fun, hilarious, action-packed story that grabbed me from the beginning and had me wanting more by the end. If you liked the disturbing conflicts of RoboCop, or the funny battle of wills between the Terminator and young John Connor in Terminator 2, you'll enjoy this one. Arguing with your own superpower just seems so funny to me, and the tension of not knowing your own potential for power or evil seems like such a primal struggle to addre
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Kris
Jan 13, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novel
As a big Ted Kord fan, I haven't wanted to like the new Blue Beetle (even before the New 52 reboot), but this was kinda good. Not spectacular, but not horrible like the OMAC title. I liked seeing some of the lesser-known villains like Phobia and Warp, as well as the Latino metas. (Sorry that Coyote went so quickly.) ...more
James Dunphy
Apr 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
Blue Beetle is another one of the many DC superheroes I know next to nothing about. I figured The New 52 reboot was a great entry point into the character. My only exposure to Ted Kord was him getting his head blown off in Final Crisis.
Jamie Reyes makes an interesting enough protagonist. He's like a Peter Parker forced to wear a sentient Iron Man type suit. The Blue Beetle suit's powers are actually really cool and the art in this collection is well done making for some cool panels. The first s
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Mike Briggs
My second Blue Beetle origin story I've read in a week or two. Prior read was actually the third volume in that Blue Beetle run, while here I actually start from beginning.

There are large similarities between the two origin stories. Actually, not much different. I don't recall Jamie's parents in the other story, but I might have overlooked them. And I do not think Paco was a drop out in that other series run. Jamie, Brenda, Brenda's aunt, & purpose of Blue Beetle are all the same, though.

I like
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Jessie
Apr 01, 2013 rated it it was ok
This is a solid 2.5 for me. It's certainly not as bad as some of the others I've rated 2 stars. The problem is it also wasn't good enough to be 3. The art is engaging, but the facial expressions are a little extreme and none of it would be considered good outside a comic book. The main character is similarly described. I really like Jamie and his friends and family. It was nice to have a main character be Latino. However, he was also cliche and the storyline kept him that way. In a launch that p ...more
Laurel
Mar 14, 2013 rated it it was ok
I was disappointed in this reboot of Blue Beetle - it takes each element from the old series and exaggerates them out of proportion, destroying the charm so prevalent in the original work. Jamie is a little to inept, the Scarab is too rigidly lethal, Paco too gangster, Brenda way too naive, La Dama too evil, etc. Perhaps if I had never read the first version of Jaime in his Blue Beetle series, this book would have been more enjoyable but I still have reservations. The plot moved in such a manner ...more
Shannon Appelcline
Jun 22, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics-dc, comics
This is a pretty prime example of a book that didn't need a reboot to tell this story.

With that said, it's decently good. It's a bit too decompressed and too much of a continuous breathless run, which is a problem I have with many of their New 52s, but it's also got great characters and interesting dilemmas.
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Annice22
I don't understand why this series was canceled. I really enjoyed this. I thought the story was very well written, fast paced and very interesting.


I didn't read the trade edition just the individual single issues #1 - 6.
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Jeff Raymond
Apr 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
Blue Beetle is one of those DC characters I know next to nothing about. Truly, I think his existence was only known to me through the four 52 trades, and even then, I may be confusing him a bit with Booster Gold. Either way, I went in blind and came out a fan.

This is sort of DC's answer for Spider-man and, to a point, Iron Man. The Blue Beetle suit is more a parasitic thing from another planet with some relationship thematically to the Lantern system, and the Beetle scarab falls into the hands o
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Kyle
Jul 21, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: dcu
I actually felt quite charmed by this book. It grew on me, which is shocking, because I'm a Ted Kord fan through and through.

Admittedly, it is a pretty flimsy story with a lot of questionable plot points (I mean, when someone is pointing at gun at you and demanding that you hand over a backpack that just fell in your lap outta nowhere, do you grab the backpack and run away with it, just to spite your would be killer? No.) and some really stand-out cliches that, on the whole, don't make for a min
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Gavin
Feb 23, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics
Another of the 52 launch event, this is a whole new Blue Beetle, with a new origin story and a new Blue Beetle. Interesting premise, and good set up for a number of antagonists, as well as a possible Green Lantern crossover/team-up down the way. (This is not a spoiler, this is just an observation based on the first few pages). Nice to see an Hispanic-American focus for a superhero, as well as being based in El Paso. I look forward to see what they do with this Blue Beetle.


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***Apparen
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Kris
Mar 14, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: comic-books
Sometimes you can't bottle lightning twice. In 2006 Keith Giffen was given the seemingly impossible job of creating a series for the successor to the much loved Ted Kord. In doing so he crafted one of DC's best series and gave life to the brilliant character of Jamie Reyes.
Five years later, Tony Bedard is given the job of trying to recapture this excitement and yet do something new with the character. Unfortunately this was going to be an almost impossible task and this version of the Blue Beetl
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Christopher
Apr 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
Though Blue Beetle was/is revamped as a teen (and, it could be argued, for teens), elements of it transcend typically lighter and breezier teen fare. Bedard reintroduces the character with a greater conflict with his scarab/suit and piles on the unfortunate events to set up BB/Jamie Reyes to be a terrifically angst-y character.
John Yelverton
Nov 04, 2012 rated it did not like it
You can dress this book and this character up a dozen different ways, and it's still a back concept and a pale imitation of Ted Kord. ...more
M.A. Ray
Apr 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned
I liked this a lot. Jaime Reyes may not be physically intimidating, but he's a mental badass. That he maintains his sense of self in the face of Khaji-Da makes him a most excellent hero indeed. ...more
Will Brown
Jan 20, 2021 rated it liked it
The persona of Blue Beetle has a TON of history and world building behind it and the book does a good job of exploring that history, but not so much the history and world of Jaime Reyes.

A lot of people describe Jaime as DC’s answer to Marvel’s Spider-Man, and that’s not a bad description. The characters are both young teenagers who’ve stumbled into the role of superhero in a way that immediately impacts their lives and those around them. The difference is that Spider-Man stories explore what Pe
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Sean
Aug 06, 2018 rated it it was ok
Yet another series in the DC Comics New 52 reboot, Blue Beetle brings back a minor DC Comics character that's made occasional appearances before. Young man inadvertently ends up implanted with an alien device that can expand to become a blue exoskeleton, turning him into the "Blue Beetle". Young man has this all thrust upon him, doesn't want any part of his new super powers. This collection includes the first 6 issues of the rebooted Blue Beetle series. The stories are okay, but the reader may s ...more
Lucinda
May 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017, graphic-novels
This was so good. Loved it. Poor Jamie. (I really need to work on my Spanish though)
Nore
Jun 27, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: graphic-novels
Well... I didn't hate it, which is a better start than most superhero comics get with me.

Please, please stop drawing mouths twisted off to the side like that, though - please.
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Andrea
Dec 14, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-new-52
I'm reading this at the same time as I'm reading the original Jaime Reyes series as part of Countdown. Honestly, this retelling just doesn't have the same impact as the original. ...more
Edlogu
Aug 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This comic was so excellent.
Ronald
May 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
One of my favorites I have read so far in the New52
Виктор М.
Aug 20, 2017 rated it liked it
3 Stars for this book... that's just there? I don't want to sound like this was awful, or bad by any means. It all just feels too traditional for its own good. We have seen everything here done before, maybe a little bit better. The character of Blue Beetle never got me to care about him in the past. I always thought he was some Hispanic Spider-Man wannabe with dumb powers. Though I acknowledge my bias, he does indeed feel like a "another teenager with bug powers", and the similarities between t ...more
Rick Hunter
Aug 26, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Jaime Reyes fans
If you've read any of my other reviews for DC's New 52 titles, you know that I'm trying to read everything that was printed under that banner. DC has recently launched a bunch of books under the heading Rebirth as a way to transition away from the New 52. Comixology.com and the DC app both have a sale going on right now for all Blue Beetle books to celebrate the release of Blue Beetle: Rebirth. All single issues of past Blue Beetle series are 99 cents. I picked up all of the single issues that a ...more
Vanessa
Jun 10, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: superhero, dc, modern-age
There is a lot of good things about this volume. I like Ig Guerra's art. I really enjoy his characters expressions. He does both the action and the humor equally well. I am not a fan of a lot of digital effects in comics, but they are used really well here. Bedlard incorporates a lot of villains from before the reboot, which is nice when so many titles are focused on new villains.

Unfortunately, it is not as good as the old series. While I initially tried not to compare the two, it is difficult w
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Cale
Mar 29, 2016 rated it it was ok
This would have gotten a higher rating if I hadn't ever read any Blue Beetle stories before. It's nice to see a minority hero, and the concept of the Scarab makes for an interesting plot device. The book has some good action sequences, and some interesting secondary characters. It's a middle of the road DC title.
But I have read previous Blue Beetle volumes. And I've read the earlier Jaime Reyes Blue Beetle series, which to be honest blows this reboot out of the water. Making Jaime more a victim
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Alexander
Jun 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
Jaime Reyes is an ordinary teenager before stumbling into his role as Blue Beetle. Due to his age, his girl troubles, and occasional wisecrack this felt a lot like DC's attempt to create a Spider-Man type character.

Blue Beetle has been one of those characters that I've always want to get to know more about, but have not gotten around anything about him to read.
This being my first title read of this character I have to say it is one of the most funny, hilarious characters out there. As it is intr
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Antony J. L. Bedard is an American writer and editor who has worked in the comic book industry from the early 1990s through the present. He is best known for his work at CrossGen Comics, where he was under exclusive contract, and for his run writing Marvel Comics X-Men spin-off Exiles.

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