Blue Beetle #0

Blue Beetle #0

Writer: Tony Bedard, Keith Giffen Artist: Ig Guara, JP Mayer Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: September 19, 2012 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 7
7.8Critic Rating
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Where was the Scarab before it merged with the current Blue Beetle, Jaime Reyes?

  • 8.4
    The Comic Book Revue - Jay Mattson Sep 22, 2012

    I'm not exactly sure where Blue Beetle #0should fit in chronologically amongst other issues. Even though a majority of the story is dedicated to the years before Jaime bonds with the scarab, the final few pages recap Jaime's journey so far, and we eventually get to the current day with Jaime stuck in Reachworld space after being abruptly transported there by O.M.A.C. in the pages of Justice League International Annual #1. So, one could place it before issue one purely for it's historical content, or it could go right after Blue Beetle #12. It's a conundrum for chronological perfectionists like myself. That one nitpick-y criticism aside, Blue Beetle #0does a fantastic job giving readers a fleshed out, meaningful history of the scarab Khaji-Da, as well as placing the building blocks for future stories. And really, what more could you ask for from this series? Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Vine - Mat 'Inferiorego' Elfring Sep 19, 2012

    This is a very solid zero issue that does a great job at telling the origin story of Khaji-Da. It's engaging and it has the potential to be great for new readers, as long as new readers are willing to pick this book up. I liked how the issue catches readers up to where the current BLUE BEETLE volume leaves off, so new readers can jump right in. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Sep 19, 2012

    The script does tend to drag towards the end when the scarab's narration starts to feel more like exposition directed at new readers. But on the whole, it enriches the Blue Beetle mythology and sets the stage for some fun conflicts coming up as the series continues shifting away from Earthly matters. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Major Spoilers - Elijah Williams Sep 24, 2012

    I went into Blue Beetle #0 with low hopes, with previous zero issues having left a bad taste in my mouth. I walked away presently surprised. It did everything a zero issue was supposed to do and made me want to pick up the next issue. So pick it up! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    SciFiPulse - Patrick Hayes Sep 25, 2012

    I liked everything but the Beetle. This doesn't encourage my returning. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Resources - Doug Zawisza Sep 24, 2012

    "Blue Beetle" #0 is a great spot to jump in, especially with what looks like a critical arc on the horizon. While this issue is largely a flashback tale of sorts it dips in and out of the story, allowing historical figures relevant to this series to breathe and move throughout the issue. There isn't much from Jaime Reyes in this issue, but all of this leads to the final page which sets up a dire situation for Jaime to try to escape or defeat. I've been enjoying this series since it started. The stories are briskly paced and contribute to a larger narrative, and the upcoming adventure looks to be exciting and fun. There's no mistaking that DC is trying guide this book to hit the same notes that Stan Lee and Steve Ditko sparked with the formative days of Spider-Man. Bedard, Giffen and Guara may not be matching that classic note for note, but the story is as close to that as anything else on the stands right now. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Population Go - Population Go Staff Sep 24, 2012

    Despite this, Blue Beetle #0does everything it's supposed to do, and does them well. It catches up new readers on what happened before, gives us the origin of our main character's body armour, and even manages to set up the next arc without breaking a sweat. I didn't mention much about it this time around, but Ig Guara's art continues to be superb, full of detail and with a great grasp of facial expressions. I know I've said this before, but Blue Beetle is a solid, enjoyable, and above all, reliable superhero book that everyone should check out, and this zero issue is the best place to start. Read Full Review

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