Tuesday, July 20, 2021

Blue and Gold #1 Review

Heroes For Hire

Written By: Dan Jurgens
Art By: Ryan Sook, Rob Leigh
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: July 20, 2021

It's the reunion we've all been waiting for and while I'm happy to finally get Michael Carter and Ted Kord back together again, I'm not sure if they work together anymore, Booster in the past feels like he's had some progression in his character so he's not constantly trying to get fame and fortune and ever since we had Ted Kord come back and the idea that he was the Blue Beetle in DC's Rebirth era, we were told that he's been out of action because of a heart condition. Frankly, I'm a little worried that these two together again, albeit fun, might not really make sense. Those are my worries though, most people will be here for the fun so let's check out if this eight-issue series at least makes me smile. Let's check it out.

For our first issue of this extended mini-series, we see Blue Beetle and Booster Gold reunited when Booster gets in over his head fighting an alien threat that has captured the Justice League. Right away you realize that we're essentially using this issue as a way to let everyone know that there hasn't been any progression in the characters and that they're only here to be goofy for the most part and that's fine but to get us there, we really need to force some stuff in and then quickly move on.... like when Skeets goes and get Ted Kord and essentially says..... "yeah, your heart condition is better now... let's go"...... and they go and Ted Kord is just Blue Beetle again and nothing is ever questioned, while Booster is live-streaming and just trying to get viewers to PayPal him some money. It's not exactly what I want out of these characters in 2021, especially for how little we actually get to see them used, but they're their classic selves here and I guess we just have to get on that trolley and move on to enjoy.

After our dynamic duo of dummies get back together and save the day, all while viewers look on at the lives stream and comment in probably the worst way possible...... so you know, it's accurate to real life, it seems in Booster's mind that all they need to do now is get back into the Justice League because that will get them the fame and fortune that Booster wants, but ultimately, that's not in the cards and instead, we discover that this series apparently will be a "Heroes For Hire" situation and while I don't know if this first issue grabbed me the way that I wanted it to, but this idea for where we're going has me interested in seeing what these heroes will get up to as they try and make a name for themselves.

All in all, I enjoyed the art in this book and love that these two heroes who are looked at as jokes have gotten in way over their heads right away and don't even know that's the case. I just wish that they felt like they've progressed over the years and Booster could become someone that isn't just looked at as a money-grubbing fame seeker whenever he shows up. That's the style of book this is though and maybe throughout the eight issues we'll see a bit of redemption with Blue and Gold and that will be nice, I just wish overall that we could have had an opener that felt more planned out than just simply throwing these two back together again and act as nothing has happened since their days in the Justice League.

Bits and Pieces:

If you're looking for a fun book I'm guessing you should look no further than Blue and Gold, but even though it is fun, I was looking for something a little deeper out of these characters who feel stuck in place whenever they're used and would have liked Ted Kord's heart condition to used as something more than a throwaway callback before simply moving on. That being said, I look forward to the rest of this series because I do love these characters and I love the art here, I just hope we can more out of Michael and Ted growth-wise as we keep going.


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