By Deejay Dayton
Apr 26, 2017 - 18:19
Jaime Reyes really proves his mettle in Blue Beetle 8. At the end of the previous issue, Arion, the nasty old Lord of Atlantis, separated Jaime from the scarab, and tossed the boy aside. Now, with every reason to go back to his old life, Jaime insists on continuing as the Blue Beetle, even without the scarab.
His mother is very much against this, but for reasons that are not made entirely clear, she winds up going through some transformations herself.
The story is a lot of fun, and Kolins art brings it all together really well. You have Arion, Lord of Atlantis, the depowered Dr. Fate, Ted Kord, and his classic Blue Beetle costume, and another hero making a surprise return.
It shouldn’t have been as much of a surprise to me as it was, honestly. But I still tend to think of this character with his original “secret identity,” not the New 52 one. And that’s as much of a spoiler as you’re going to get from me on this topic.
So far this has been my favourite reboot of the Blue Beetle comic. Jaime has been given a remarkable number of shots at holding his own book, and none have lasted very long, or held my interest for their entire duration. True, we are only 8 issues into it, but I am far more involved and entertained by the storyline than I had been at this point with any of the previous runs.
Giffen and Kolins (with J.M. DeMatteis added in for good measure) deliver such a wild mix of comedy and action, and utilize a wide ranging cast of DC characters, it’s hard not to love it.
Rating: 9 /10