Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Blue Beetle #11 Review and *SPOILERS*

Back In The Scarab Again

Written By: Keith Giffen, J.M. DeMatteis
Art By: Scott Kolins, Romulo Fajardo Jr., Josh Reed
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: July 26, 2017

*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

It's such a disappointment to me that I get to have a Blue Beetle series......... which is something I wished for since the previous one was cancelled and that when I finally get one, it's something that I'm not really into.  Don't get me wrong though, this series does have some decent moments that almost makes me forget that it's not that great, but overall........... It's just not that great.  Hopefully though, now that Arion was defeated in the previous issue and Jaime has bonded with the scarab once again, things will begin to change and this series will become what I've wanted for so long.  So yeah, that's about all the catch up you need and about as much time as I needed to bitch about what I'm getting.  Let's jump into this issue and see if the changes start happening here and what Jaime will do now that he's the Blue Beetle once again.  Let's check it out.

Explain It!:

Our issue begins with a bit of a bright note that actually made me chuckle pretty good because when we left last issue it seemed that the scarab had taken over Jaime's mind and was now the one solely in control, but as we find out here, that was just a bit of fun Jaime was having and while it might come off odd after such a big struggle for these heroes, it was a bit of levity that I needed at that moment and was really the only chuckle I'd get out of this whole issue.  So yeah, Arion is defeated, Dr. Fate imprisons him once again and talks about the dangers of Jaime having the scarab before he made like an egg and beat it and once all of that is over, it's all about getting new readers caught up on the status quo of Blue Beetle.

We go through a bunch of scenes with the different characters of this book and see that they're lives are getting back to normal and that some things never change.......... like I said, getting new readers caught up, which is most obvious when we see Jaime go to school and Paco and Brenda are just screaming at each other over nothing, which I guess you want to build up that sexual tension and all that, but it's just so overplayed at this point that it's getting annoying.  One big development though is that we actually get to see Brenda's Aunt Amparo actually being a villain in this issue and dulling out exposition for Jaime's next big bad in the form of Ghostfire, who was a scientist working for La Dama, before turning his experiments on himself, giving him the power he'll need to take over El Paso on his own........... which seems to be a little short sighted, but we'll go with it.

In the end, we get another big does of changes to this book that get me excited for what's to come when we see now that the scarab has bonded with Jaime again, it's taking another approach to the bond and actually talking to Jaime and I couldn't be happier about it because that was something that this series was missing from the start and I know that they were using Ted Kord as someone for Jaime to bounce ideas off of and converse with, but it never felt right to me and I'm happy as hell that we'll get the play between Jaime and Khaji Da once again.  As our issue closes, we see a news report about whether or not Blue Beetle is the city's newest hero or just another threat and it turns out that the person watching this report is Batman and he'd like to know the answer to that question as well.

That's it for this issue of Blue Beetle and while we had some really exciting concepts thrown at us for what this series is going to tackle next, with La Dama being the threat that she deserves to be and the scarab talking to Jaime again, the majority of this issue came off really weak to me though with all the catch up that it was throwing the reader's way.  The art was decent enough as it always is, but I was bored through most of this issue because for the most part, everyone's lives are completely the same as they were before Arion's attack and catching up on that just seemed unnecessary.  All in all, I look forward to the changes that were presented here, I just hope that they come off a little more exciting than what the series has been so far.

Bits and Pieces:

While this issue does give us some ideas about how the series will change going forward that are pretty exciting, overall, this is still just a lackluster issue that spends most of its time catching readers up on what the status quo of all the characters are and if you've been reading this whole time, nothing much besides for Jaime has changed.  The art was decent, but the story still seems to be lacking in this series.


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