If you were waiting for this book to make
a misstep, check back in 30 days. Books like this are why
I read superhero comics. The action is big, the powers are
cool, the issues are universal, the stage is local, and
the characters are human. And every month Blue Beetle
We get to see Jaime growing as a hero and
a young man, with a well-rounded supporting cast backing
him up as he earns his wings as a hero in the DC universe.
Guest heroes and villains make sense in the context of the
book and aren't there as cover candy to sell more issues.
The guest hero this month isn't even mentioned on the cover,
which makes his appearance that much more effective.
Blue Beetle works hard to live up to his legacy. Employing
a combination of power, compassion, brains and guts with
a sense of humility, this is the kind of hero I want the
next generation of readers to get hooked on, if only to
keep the book alive so I can keep reading it. John Rogers
even manages to keep the legacy of Ted Kord alive in the
book, earning points with those of us who miss the team
of Blue and Gold. Thanks, John.
The art is professional, action moving competently
from panel to panel, with a clean line reminiscent of the
Bruce Timm DC animated universe without aping that style.
Although I do wonder where Jaime's nose goes when he suits
up. Reach technology seems to have an eccentric effect on
I do love this book. Blue Beetle
and Invincible are my monthly antidote to Civil
Wars and weekly books with enumerated titles. Nice plotting,
smart dialog, good art, engaging characters, clever integration
with the surrounding milieu, all this and we get to see
the hero as a relatively normal teenager in a nice normal
loving family. Reminds a lot of why I liked Impulse