Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Blue Beetle #6 Review and *SPOILERS*

Body By Beetle

Written By: Keith Giffen
Art By: Scott Kolins, Romulo Fajardo Jr., Josh Reed
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: February, 22, 2017

*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

Well thank goodness that we had The Posse have our hero's back in the previous issue because without those meta-nogoodniks we would have been a negative a Blue Beetle in a Blue Beetle series.  Yeah, it seems that an armored up baddie going by the name Mordacai came to El Paso in order to claim the scarab for his master and to do that he kidnapped Jaime's mother to draw him out.......... Yeah, the villain was defeated to a degree, but at the end of the issue we saw that he was working for whatever lurks inside that strange ass device/prison that waits below the city and who also controls the Horde that we saw previously in this series.  Let's jump into this issue and see if whatever that thing is plans on an early release and also find out if Jaime's grounded for putting his mother in danger.  Let's check it out.

Explain It!:

Our issue begins with Jaime freaking the fuck out on Ted Kord for the recent events that have happened to him and really, Jaime has good reason because Ted has been keeping a lot from him and when Ted lets a bit of information slip about how the scarab is mutating him and that he may have known about the scarab before Jaime and him ever met....... Well, Jaime just continues to lose it and flies off to get some answers for himself. 

This leads our hero to go back to one of those holes that have been opening up all over town, which we find out here seems to be the reason that so many kids have become endowed with superpowers, but that's not exactly what Jaime's after.  Ted believes that whoever came after him in the previous issue was working for something else and since Jaime went and found himself sleepwalking in the deep underground of El Paso and came across a strange tomb of sorts underneath there, he figures that would be the best place to start his search......... and boy was he right because he blasts down a wall down there and immediately find Mordecai standing in front of that strange tomb/prison, but maybe he should have gotten there just a few minutes earlier because Mordecai has been granted more power from this strange being and the fight between them in the previous issue wasn't exactly getting me to put my money down for our hero.  

In the end, Jaime tries to give it all he can, but it's not enough and Mordecai actually rips Jaime's soul out of his body thinking that with his essence gone, he'd be able to take the scarab no problem.  Now, I don't exactly know what's going on with all the mumbo jumbo of our confined villain in this issue, but apparently it knew that in order to do whatever it was going to do, there would be a sacrifice involved and apparently Mordecai is that said sacrifice.  The means in which he'll be sacrificed are apparently a hulked out Blue Beetle body that's just going ham on him and apparently without the restraint of Jaime's soul, it's able to best this baddie with no problem.  Thankfully, things don't get too out of control before Doctor Fate shows up and plans on ending the scarab as he had originally wanted to do when he confronted Ted Kord about it.

That's it for this issue of Blue Beetle and man I found myself confused about what was going on here.  We've had all these things thrown at us in this series and they all seem to culminate into this big bad that's locked up below the Earth, but because we've got magic involved, everything has to be this convoluted mess that's hard to follow.  I do think that if things are properly explained in the next issue that all of this might be a better read, but as of right now I'm just happy that the dialog wasn't as over the top as it usually is and I look forward to seeing Doctor Fate step into this title in a big way.  The art in this issue is as good as it always is, but I have no idea what's going on with Brenda's face in this series because every issue she's in it seems that her face has more and more problems with it.......... Here she may have leprosy.  Anyway, not a great issue, but not as bad as we've seen in the past either.

Bits and Pieces:

While this issue tries to wrap everything that we've been dealing with into a neat little bow of a bad guy, it does so in a convoluted way that left me scratching my head at the end about what's really going on here and wondering whether or not I'll ever fully understand since magic is involved.  The art in this issue looked really good though for the most part and we did end things on a cliffhanger that at least leaves me interested in what will come next.


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