Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Blue Beetle #15 Review and *SPOILERS*

Forever Young........ Old

Written By: Christopher Sebela
Art By: Scott Kolins, Tom Derenick, Romulo Fajardo Jr., Josh Reed
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: November 22, 2017

*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

Previously, we saw Jaime, Naomi, Paco and Brenda take a road trip to have one last fling before their senior year started and they'd have to worry about what the future would bring with adulthood, but their vacation was put on hold when the foursome found themselves being targeted by an alien spacecraft, which forced Jaime to bug out and defend his friends.  Let's see if the aliens want Blue Beetle to take them to his leader or if they have something more sinister in mind.  Let's check it out.

Explain It!:

Our issue begins with Jaime just getting the holy hell beat out of him by these quick moving aliens and the only reason that our hero and his friends actually make it out of this is because Paco finally said to hell with it and used his family member's car to run down one of the far out space nuts so that they could get away.  

There aren't any happy transitions to this issue though because as they drive out of the desert, the four watch as the sky changes around them to all different periods of time before they finally come across a town that appears to be abandoned and the only reprieve that our characters get before things get nuts again is that they get to have a least a normal, yet, semi-romantic night at a motel that they broke into.......... Once the morning comes though, shit gets crazy again.

In the end, Jaime, Naomi, Brenda and Paco are chased by feral children and then by geriatric nut jobs who tell our characters that they're there for a reason and the man in charge will soon make that reason clear.  When sunset hits, the old fogies and the whippersnappers walk out into the desert, where they're immediately transported up into the alien space craft.  Only thing though, after Blue Beetle shoots a couple down, we find out that the aliens are actually these people from town and that they're trapped there and working for a scientist who calls himself Stopwatch, who has the power to turn them young or old depending on what suit they're wearing so that he can continue to use them to rob places so that he can keep funding his research.  

That's it for this issue of Blue Beetle and while the spooky setup of each of our developments in this story are pretty cool, the overall narrative is a little too out there and over the top to really come across well.  There's a lot going on in this story and it just keep piling on us as the pages progress and after we get the explanation about how and why everything is happening, I'm still left with a bunch of questions, which hopefully will be answered in following issues, but as a whole, this issue is just too jam packed without a whole lot of Blue Beetle showing up, which would pull our characters out of the fire immediately.  The art in this issue is great and adding Tom Derenick to the team only strengthened what we've previously got out of this art team.  With this being Blue Beetle's final hurrah out of Rebirth I really hope that this arc comes together and becomes something to remember.

Bits and Pieces:

While the art in this issue is great and that the setups for the spooky situations that are characters find themselves in are the highlight of this book, the overall story at this point just comes off pretty convoluted and a bit of a disappointment because while there's a lot of characters and a lot of strange things happening........ there just isn't a lot going on in this book.


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