Blue Beetle is back, thanks to DC Comics Rebirth event. This week, the company re-launched its first title dedicated to the character since the last series got canceled in 2013. And it looks like this new launch for the character is here to stay.
First, a little background information: the superhero known as Blue Beetle is Jaime Reyes, a teenager from El Paso, Texas, who found a magical scarab in a vacant lot. Of course, that scarab granted Jamie superpowers, powers that eventually led him to join the Teen Titans.
This time around, Jamie works closely with Jamie Kord, a millionaire who once served as a Blue Beetle in the DC Comics Universe: here, though, it seems that Kord is the rich Bruce Wayne-like companion that helps Jamie discover just who and what he is.
The writing by Keith Giffen in the Rebirth issue is solid, and serves a great introduction to those not already familiar with the character: we see his every day life, how he deals with family and friends, but also how he handles that superhero side of himself. This issue also touches upon his relationship with Kord, but things get really interesting when a certain sorcerer turns up and mentions that the scarab’s powers aren’t exactly what Jamie and Ted think they are. This adds a nice touch that helps reinvent the character, but still keeps him in line with the previous version of Blue Beetle that existing fans know.
The artwork by Scott Kolins and Romulo Fajardo, Jr. is also great, with lots of vibrant panels full of action and intent. There’s mystery in the art, which leads to the greatest mystery of all on the issue’s final pages: just exactly what is that scarab anyway?
As a whole, the issue does what the Rebirth titles intend: gets readers intrigued enough in the character to invest in the series. Here’s looking forward to issue #1 when it releases next month.
Rating: (4.5 / 5)
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