By Philip Schweier
October 31, 2017 - 15:29
But apparently Arion isn’t the only looking at extended detention. As things returned to “normal,” and the many, many supporting characters settle into a life of PTSD, Jaime Reyes is on the verge of facing a new foe, Ghostfire. In addition, the return of Blue Beetle to the DC Universe has brought questions from it favorite paranoiac – and I only wish I meant the Question. Seems only right; they were both part of the Charlton properties DC took over back in the 1980s.
Honestly, I didn’t really enjoy the issue, other than the first few pages where Giffen and Dematteis touched on some of the super-hero battle self-awareness in an all-too-Joss-Whedon fashion. This was followed by extremely familiar territory: the life of a teenage super-hero, complete with annoying younger sibling, supportive girlfriend, and high school teachers who would never understand how hard it is to be both an A student and a super-hero. Cliché much?
Yeah, we get it. In fact, most of us grew up on it. Spider-man has been beating that drum for about 50 years now. Maybe there’s an obligation to touch on the dynamics of every day life vs. crime fighting. But I expect it to be handled better by the pros like Giffen and Dematteis.