Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Blue Beetle #18 Review and *SPOILERS*

Sorry Blue, You're Through

Written By: Christopher Sebela
Art By: Scott Kolins, Romulo Fajardo Jr., Josh Reed
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: February 28, 2018

*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

It's the final issue of Blue Beetle and we've dealt with ancient Atlantean sorcerers, meta-human posses, evil from the 31st century and time traveling mad scientists......... and at the end of the day..... We really got nothing out of this book.  Hell, in this issue Jaime goes back to calling his scarab alien tech so it looks like the mission statement to turn Jaime's powers into magic were just thrown out the window at some point and this series just never knew what it wanted to be.  Let's jump into this final issue and see if we can get something out of it to say to ourselves that this incarnation of Blue Beetle was worth it in the long run.  I'm not expecting much.

Explain It!:

Our issue begins with Jaime telling us about the ups and downs of superhero life and filling us in on the fact that his girlfriend Naomi hasn't talked to him since she found out he was Blue Beetle.  After going through a school day we could catch up on Jaime's life, we eventually get to the meat of the issue when Ted Kord invites Jaime to his facility so that he can show him something.  It better be a quick something though because Naomi confronted Jaime on his way home from school, where the two made plans and if he was late to that date........ Well, being Blue Beetle is going to get a whole lot lonelier.

At Kord Industries, Ted is showing Jaime all the new robots he's built and how he's about to install a new AI system into the building, but the previous AI system isn't about to be dumped so easily and decides to take over the facility and turn all of Ted's new robots against him and Jaime.  Eventually, after a big fight, where Ted admits that he knew something would happen and that this was a kind of test, Jaime shuts down the AI, by downloading a shit ton of entertainment into its system so that it can be entertained for years to come. 

In the end, Jaime makes his date with Naomi, where the duo and Brenda and Paco all go to Jaime's house for a cookout, where we leave this issue with nothing much accomplished except for the fact that Jaime's life isn't completely screwed up by the Blue Beetle.

That's it for this final issue of Blue Beetle and........... yeah, there isn't much going on in this and it's just a quick goodbye for anyone who is still reading this series.  The whole AI fight is pretty silly and by the end of the issue all I could hope for is that when DC decides to do another Blue Beetle book that they actually take the character seriously instead of just having bickering back and forth dialog between its characters and where our hero can actually prove that he's up to the task of being a superhero instead of just saying it.  I'm not a huge fan of the art in this issue, but if you've liked the art up until this point, I don't see any reason that you wouldn't continue liking it here....... it's just not for me.  All in all, this was just a wasted issue in a wasted series that disappointed from beginning to end.

Bits and Pieces:

Blue Beetle comes to an end with this issue........ and really, it's about time.  There was never anything to really like about this series and this issue does little to try and redeem it.  The art is alright, but nothing that I'm a big fan of and ultimately, I'm happy as hell that this series has ended because maybe now we'll get a proper one at some point in the future that can forget that it tried to turn Blue Beetle into some kind of ancient magic.

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