Blue Beetle #1
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Blue Beetle #1

Writer: Tony Bedard Artist: Ig Guara Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: September 21, 2011 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 13 User Reviews: 8
6.7Critic Rating
7.1User Rating

It's not easy being Jaime Reyes. He has to deal with high school, family and all the drama that comes with being a teenager. Also, he's linked to a powerful scarab created by an alien race known as the Reach who seek to subjugate planets or annihilate them. It's up to one teen hero to turn this instrument of destruction into a force for good.

  • 8.5
    Comic Book Bin - Herv St-Louis Sep 26, 2011

    Is Blue Beetle a series worth following in light of all the new series from DC Comics? Its not bad so far and has a lot of hinted future stories. However, if you dont want to go through a series about the formative years of Jaime, skip it. I it doesnt bother you or that youve never read about the character before, this series, while not exceptional is a good pick. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Resources - Doug Zawisza Sep 22, 2011

    This is a fabulous book for a first issue, but I have one minor concern. The major characters in this title are all teens, and as such there are spots of humor that tends to be on the level with teens, including teen innuendo, which is every bit as bothersome on the printed page as it would be in real life. Sure, you could argue that it makes Bedard's characters more believable and real, but I could provide just as much of an argument that that pair of throwaway lines torpedoes what could have otherwise served as a strong all ages read. I'll leave it to you to decide, once you read this book, if you want to share it with younger readers or hold onto it for yourself. This is a great introduction to a wonderful world and a spectacular universe. Blue Beetle's back, and it's up to you to make sure he stays around this time. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Fandom Post - Chris Kirby Sep 23, 2011

    Blue Beetle is off to a good start and I really don't have anything that can really be called a complaint. It isn't "Oh my God!" amazing but there are no problems with the book. I recommend this book be checked out but only after another issue or two is released so we have more of a basis to go on. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    cxPulp - Blake Petit Sep 24, 2011

    Fine first issue, and Im very happy that Jaime Reyes has a home again. The only thing I dont get why did they move him from Albuquerque to El Paso? Was it just to make it easier for the reviewers to spell? Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Crave Online - Blair Marnell Sep 29, 2011

    That said, this was one of the more entertaining issues of the new 52 and one of the few that will remain on my reading list next month. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Sep 21, 2011

    This isn't a perfect debut for the series. Bedard does seem to go a bit overboard in emphasizing Hispanic characters and culture. The Spanglish-ridden dialogue can be slightly annoying Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    A Comic Book Blog - Wayland Sep 26, 2011

    I loathe what they did with Paco here. I'm worried about Milagro, and don't really like the other changes in Jaime and his family. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Forces Of Geek - Atlee Greene Sep 23, 2011

    At home, Jamie's parents tell him that he is not allowed to attend Brenda's party. The party is at her Aunt's house where there will be armed security which concerns Mom and Dad. Jamie sneaks off to the party with Paco and they soon show up in the wrong place at the right time as a brawl over a backpack is taking place. Jamie gets the backpack and winds up with a blue scarab on his back, causing a transformation that will change Jamie's life forever. The artwork is fun and the dialog has a mixture of English and Spanish. I found myself being pulled out of the adventure when I came across Spanish words I didn't know, although they were simple enough to figure out. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Vine - Matt Demers Sep 21, 2011

    Like every other New 52 book I've read (save Animal Man), I feel like I need a couple more issues to see if this book is worth my time or not. While the original Jaime Blue Beetle origin had the advantage of tie-ins to get the audience warmed up (Infinite Crisis, Brave New World, etc), we're going into this one cold turkey. Like with Mister Terrific, I feel like the characters have had a coat of bland varnish washed over them, but I think it's to make things a bit more accessible. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Eye On Comics - Don MacPherson Sep 23, 2011

    In any case, DC and its talent have constructed a solid series with a good chance of connecting with its audience this time around. It's just not clicking for me personally. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson Sep 21, 2011

    Overall, Blue Beetle #1 has a few missteps, and I would have liked a little more Jaime Reyes while the book introduced it's supporting cast, but it's a likeable little book. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    CHUD - Jeb Delia Sep 23, 2011

    My main disappointment with the new Blue Beetle (and the entire New 52) is that every title is rated “T Teen” and that there's no younger reader books here. While Blue Beetle is relatively clean and I could hand this issue off to my 9-year-old, I'm not sure about the next one, or the series as a whole. Not to pigeonhole the character (who's been given a major boost from his animated appearances), or Guara's art, but I was hoping this would be a bit more of an all-ages book, a gateway or transitional book from kiddie comics to the DCU-at-large. That DC hasn't thought to put any such title in their line is one of my biggest frustrations of this initiative. Read Full Review

  • 3.0
    Comic Book Revolution - Rokk Krinn Apr 3, 2006

    But, no, instead DC pisses all over a legendary character with a long and rich history. The original Blue Beetle was created way back in 1939. Yeah, that puts him right up there with the Spirit, Superman and Batman. In the 1950's, Charlton Comics purchased the character. In 1966, Steve Ditko created Charlton's new Blue Beetle: Ted Kord. DC Comics then bought all of Charlton Comics' characters in the mid 1980's. Ted Kord was then reduced to a joke by Giffen during his Justice League days. Then Ted Kord was killed like a total bitch in Countdown to Infinite Crisis. Read Full Review

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