Get To Know Your Blue Beetles
Art By: Scott Kolins, Romulo Fajardo Jr., Josh Reed
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: August 24, 2016
As our issue opens, we see that Ted Kord and Jaime are at least working together at the superhero thing, with a bit of a cold opener showing us the villains Rack and Ruin just utterly kicking the shit out of our teenage hero, while Ted monitors the situation from The Bug...... Their mobilized Beetle Cave. As we continue though, we move back in time and begin seeing the world of the Blue Beetle presented before us and the characters involved, like Jaime's parent's, sister and his best friends Paco and Beth. Too bad it seems that Jaime won't have time for any of these characters because even though Jaime apparently went to Ted Kord for help in removing the scarab from him........ so he could get back to something that at least resembles a normal life, Ted instead is running Jaime ragged in making sure he lives up to his superhero potential.......... while Ted tries to join in on the super heroics........ not in costume yet, but it's a one step at a time kind of thing.
So yeah, Jaime is forced to ditch school for the second time in two weeks........... which for the amount that I ditched in high school, I'm wondering what Jaime's complaining about, but he's forced to leave school so that he can take care of a situation at a local coffee shop. Too bad with all the gizmos and monitors that Ted has going on, he wasn't able to determine that Jaime was walking into a setup, where we find out that the two villains, Rack and Ruin have actually been hired to call Blue Beetle out so that they can see what the young hero's got. It's weird at this point though because while I was really digging just seeing Jaime being Jaime and slowly easing myself back into his world, I have to say that when we get to some actual action, the book begins falling a bit flat for me because the art really hindered my enjoyment because I didn't really understand everything that was going on....... Yeah, I eventually got on the trolley, but I hate being pulled out of a book like that. After Jaime's scarab goes a little hardcore on these villains and actually blows them apart, it first appears that these villains are robots...... plus, that's what are heroes think because their limbs continue to pummel Jaime, but after they pull themselves back together and run off........ we actually hear from the woman who hired them that they're just meta-humans........ Yeah, this might not be a big deal to anyone but me, but I just like to know what's going on as I read a book and with the crazy masks and or faces these villains had, I wasn't able to tell for sure what they actually were.
In the end, we find out that this little adventure actually took place before the DC Comics Rebirth Special issue because we have the scene where Doctor Fate shows up and blows our minds by telling Ted Kord and us that the scarab isn't actually alien tech, but magic instead........... which still feels weird for all the Reach warriors we saw Jaime fight while he was in space, but we'll go with it for now and hope that it's explained in the future. As our issue closes, we see the woman who hired Rack and Ruin to see what Blue Beetle could do, but when she finds out that he was talking to someone during his fight, it seems that she's none too happy to hear this news and this normal looking woman, who's apparently a loving guardian to her niece........... Well, she goes a little dark and her eyes start glowing. Goddamn, I wouldn't want to get on her bad side and I'm interested as hell to find out what she has in store for our two heroes.
That's it for this Rebirth issue of Blue Beetle and while I initially enjoyed this issue....... you know, catching back up with one of my favorite heroes, I have to say that the dialog was a little off to me. I mean, it conveyed everything it needed to, but it was a little too Keith Giffen if you know what I mean. Keith has this thing where he tries to force the humor into a book through his dialog and while sometimes it works, this time it just kind of fell flat for me. Sadly the art wasn't the greatest in my mind either. The thing is, I knew we were going to get a more cartoony looking Beetle in this series and I didn't mind that........... and I actually really enjoyed the look of all our supporting cast and even Jaime out of the Blue Beetle suit...... It's just the villains and the action between our hero and them came off a bit clustered and I had trouble following what was actually going on in their fight....... but to my surprise I actually found myself digging the art style the more I read the book and I can't wait to see where we go from here because I need to know what's going on with the Scarab being magic out of nowhere. The one thing here that I did really enjoy though because of all the issues Jim and I have been having lately about continuity is that Jaime's past exploits weren't brought up here at all. So it could be there, it might not, but by not mentioning it we didn't create any problems. It's just that easy. If you don't know where something stands in continuity, don't start bringing shit up.
Bits and Pieces:
While the snappy dialog felt forced just to try and get a laugh and while I'm not quite positive what Ted Kord is really doing in this book yet, I did have a fun enough time here. The art during some of the action came off a bit rough to me, but overall I found myself really enjoying it by the end. I've missed Blue Beetle so much since his New 52 series was cancelled and I really hope that the creators do all they can to make sure that this series stays on the shelves, even if this issue didn't exactly grab me and shake the shit out of me to get my attention. .......... That's right, I'm biased.