The Infected: Scarab #1

Writer: Dennis Hopeless Artist: Freddie Williams II Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: November 20, 2019 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 9 User Reviews: 13
7.0Critic Rating
6.5User Rating

When Jaime Reyes is in trouble, a powerful scarab transforms him into a super hero. Jaime never asked to be the Blue Beetle, but he's been doing his best to live up to the power within. Now the most sinister evil this or any other world has ever seen has his sights set on turning Jaime toward the darkness...and the Batman Who Laughs always gets what he wants. Spinning out of the events of Batman/ Superman and "Year of the Villain" comes the tale of a hero fighting the evil inside, and whose friends and family are about to pay the price...

  • 10
    Impulse Gamer - Rebel Robertson Nov 20, 2019

    Overall a superb comic! I'd gladly read the following issues"This arc is a must read I highly recommend this to all ages of comic fans. Cudos to artist Freddie E. Williams II, and Jeremy Colwell, and writer Dennis Hopeless Hallum for a job well done, so yes it's a perfect 5/5" Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Batman-News - Casper Rudolph Nov 20, 2019

    This comic is really good and I definitely recommend that you get it, even if you're not reading the Infected event! This issue offers a full reading experience and, in a way, the open ending makes that experience even more poignant and unsettling. While some texture and definition gets lost in some of the art because of the wash of colors, this story does an excellent job of showing us what actually happens to our hero as he gets infected. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Beyond The Panel - Jideobi Odunze Nov 20, 2019

    If you care about anything dealing with the Batman Who Laugh's dark reign across a doom-won DC Universe, then The Infected: Scarab #1 is obviously going to be the book for you to pick up. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Nov 20, 2019

    I wish this wasn't the first major story we've seen Jaime in in years, but it's definitely the strongest of the Infected issues. I hope it's the start of more Jaime Reyes storys by this creative team without him as a bug monster. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    But Why Tho? - Charles Hartford Nov 20, 2019

    When all is said and done, The Infected: Scarab #1 is a well-handled story. The writing keeps the story going smoothly and the art supports its themes well. However, the previous feeling of holding Jamie back from a true hero's fall keeps this book back from being anything more than good. I would say it is certainly worth reading if you have been following The Infected storyline and want to get all the details or just a big fan of Blue Beetle. For everyone else, I can't call it a must-read. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose Nov 22, 2019

    A solid outing that Blue Beetle fans will love. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Weird Science - Eric Shea Nov 20, 2019

    There's not a lot here to further the story of the "Infected" as far as giving us an idea of what the rules of the infected are or why any of them would go along with the Batman Who Laughs' plans, but if you want to see Jaime Reyes, you know, since it's been awhile, you might get something out of this.  It's just that right when it feels that the story starts, it's already over and on top of that, I'm not a fan of the art style in this book.  So pretty much, everything about this issue left me wanting. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Nov 20, 2019

    Its more that these one-shots are essentially telling the same story that would be better positioned in one chapter of a standard Infected series. Unless you hate characters like Shazam, Blue Beetle and Hawkman, Im not sure whos supposed to find these stories entertaining. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    ComicBook.com - Chase Magnett Nov 20, 2019

    This issue adds nothing to the general idea of superheroes-transformed-into-monsters or even the specific story of "The Infected," and results in a read that is nothing but unnecessary. Read Full Review

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