Blue Beetle #1

Blue Beetle #1

Writer: Keith Giffen Artist: Scott Kolins Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: September 28, 2016 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 19 User Reviews: 18
6.5Critic Rating
6.9User Rating

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Jaime Reyes is back home, but just when he thought he had a grasp on this alter-ego, the Blue Beetle, he discovers everything he believed about his scarab is a lie according to the mysterious Doctor Fate. With dire warnings about the symbiote that is fused to Reyes' spine, Kent Nelson, the original wielder of Doctor Fate's power, seemingly on verge of insanity, has he come to save Jaime as he claims...or will he try to eliminate the Blue Beetle, no matter the cost?

  • 9.7
    Black Nerd Problems - Omar Holmon Sep 30, 2016

    Aye, if you see Blue Beetle on the shelf grab that shit man. We got some heat on our hands with this series right here. The Blue Beetles are back and together for the first time and it feels good but more importantly, it reads even better than it feels. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Bounding Into Comics - Daniel Mills Oct 2, 2016

    Blue Beetle #1 is a great improvement over the Rebirth issue. Both Kolins and Giffen improve to give a fun and entertaining look at the mystical side of the DC Universe. Blue Beetle Jaime Reyes and his mentor Ted Kord are certainly fun to watch. Though Reyes seems to be a typical student, Kord more than compensates with his particular sense of humor. Their back-and-forth is the highlight of the comic. Unfortunately, any scenes without the two interacting drag and affect the pacing. Without a lot of action outside of two sequences a lot depends on their dynamic. Thankfully, Scott Kolins has brought his A-game. Said action sequences, though few, are engaging enough to keep you interested. The opening sequence alone features a powerful and captivating exchange of magic that is sure to be a series highlight. After a moderate Rebirth, Giffen and Kolins have made Blue Beetle #1 a step in the right direction. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comicosity - Terrence Sage Sep 28, 2016

    The climax of the issue ensues with a battle between Blue and a new age Nightshade, a villain from Ted's days as Blue Beetle. The battle ends rather quickly but it's displayed masterfully with the solid colors, displays of action, and sound effects throughout. Even the banter between Jaime and Ted are appreciated as Jaime does the heavy lifting and is forced to think on his feet. The issue ends with the arrival of bigger threats for the Blue Beetle Rogue's Gallery and with the solid start the creative team have set with this colorful and bombastic start, the legacy of the Blue Beetle might have a lasting home in Rebirth. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Fortress of Solitude - Rick Austin Oct 5, 2016

    So put aside your Trinitys and your Justice Leagues and give this a whirl rather. It's definitely better, well worth your time, and should keep you coming back for more. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Bin - Avi Weinryb Oct 2, 2016

    If you are looking to read a new series that doesnt come with the same baggage as some other titles in the DC Comics line, check this series out. The struggle of being a normal kid while having magical superpowers is something weve seen before, but the addition of a superhero mentor, a mysterious legacy, and a growing role for one of DCs great mages makes this an intriguing start to a new series. Read Full Review

  • 7.8
    Multiversity Comics - Robbie Pleasant Sep 30, 2016

    A solid reintroduction for Jaime, with good character dynamics, a nice set of plot hooks, and some excellent action. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    DC Comics News - Derek McNeil Sep 28, 2016

    DC seems to be having success after success with the Rebirth titles and Blue Beetle is no exception. Just as with the other books, we get the best of the classic and the New 52, as embodied by the team of Ted and Jaime. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Razorfine - Alan Rapp Oct 3, 2016

    Blue Beetle's initial confrontation with a member of the Posse provides the only real action of the issue while Jaime's dream sequence and a few words of warning from Ted Kord begin laying the foundation of trouble between the heroes and the Lord of Order (something I found more tantalizing that the Posse or Jaime walking the corridors of his high school). For fans. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Graphic Policy - Alex K Cossa Sep 28, 2016

    The rest of the comic is decent, if unspectacular. And I think that's the biggest gripe I have here; nothing is done poorly, but itnor does ever really threaten to be anything other than decent. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    The GCRN - Dan Clark Oct 7, 2016

    Despite that highlight overall this series is lacking something that I cannot put my finger no quite yet. Part of the problem is failure by comparison. If this book came out as early as six month ago it would be one of DCs better titles. However, Rebirth has raised the bar for what we now expect for DC so when you have a title like this relatively mediocre it is challenging to stick with. Looking at all the current Rebirth books I can easily see this as being one of the first casualties if things do not improve. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Slackjaw Punks - Iron Squid Sep 28, 2016

    The only thing I can really say is that out of every series I have read so far with the Rebirth, Blue Beetle feels like it does not answer the questions we are hoping for and feels like a repeat of the Rebirth title. That does not mean that the title is bad, the art work is still very beautiful and captures the action sequences perfectly and feels like you are flying next to the Magical Alien Mech Suit…MAMS. Blue Beetles story just feels weak compared to the other titles and as much as I want to like it, I found myself getting really distracted and really hard to type this review. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    AiPT! - Jordan Richards Sep 28, 2016

    Blue Beetle #1 is an unfortunate step down in quality from the excellent Rebirth issue. The storytelling and writing are just not as strong as they were before and they make reading the comic more frustrating than it should be. It's a shame since the story, character, and the artwork are all pretty good though. Hopefully the next issue gets things back on track. Read Full Review

  • 5.9
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Sep 29, 2016

    This series can do better, and it needs to if it's going to stand out in DC's new lineup. Read Full Review

  • 5.7
    Weird Science - Eric Shea Sep 28, 2016

    While I love Blue Beetle, I hate the dialog in this issue because it just comes off forced as hell and makes it so neither of our main characters is likable and also overshadows the story because it not only covers most of the panels, but also sacrifices information you want to read about for simple quips that go nowhere.  Luckily the art in this book is decent because besides for that, I found myself really disliking everything that this issue had to offer. Read Full Review

  • 5.5
    Capeless Crusader - Jeremy Radick Sep 28, 2016

    Blue Beetle #1 feels like it's all over the place. There's a lot of disparate elements going on in the issue that separately are interesting, but when combined into one book, result in a diffuse mishmash of plot points that never settle into one narrative, and a central relationship that winds up more irritating than engaging. There's potential to the concept behind the book, but it needs a tighter focus on defining the central relationship better if it's going to work. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Aaron Reese Oct 5, 2016

    I wanted so much more for both Jaime Reyes and Ted Kord. Even though a team-up of such great characters still has promise, this was not the right foot forward for their new relationship. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Sep 28, 2016

    Scott Kollins artwork is solid. He's a great fit for this book up for either the extensive talking scenes or Beetle in action moments. This is a title that might actually work better for new fans unfamiliar with the characters who will approach it without preconceived notions. Blue Beetle is a book where Giffen is still finding his way. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Eye On Comics - Don MacPherson Oct 1, 2016

    This issue marked a major misstep for this burgeoning relaunch, but I'm willing to give it another issue or two before deciding its fate (no pun intended), given my affection for the artist's work and one of the main characters. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Newsarama - Pierce Lydon Sep 28, 2016

    Blue Beetle looked like it might be the kind of book that helped DC revitalize its lineup of teen heroes and give us a look in on the magical side of the DCU. Unfortunately, the creators at work here walk back on everything they did right in the debut issue. They end up stalling out on the same basic plot as the debut and in doing so, fail to move the narrative forward or enhance it by explaining some back story. Somehow they managed to tread water and we’re technically still at the beginning of an arc. Moving forward, Giffen and Kolins are going to have to try to recapture the energy of the Rebirth special if they really hope to get this bug off the ground. Read Full Review

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