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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics (Nov. 20 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401237134
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401237134
  • Product Dimensions: 25.7 x 16.5 x 0.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 259 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #80,784 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Outstanding re-debut for the all-new Blue Beetle Nov. 27 2012
By Russell326 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
From issue #1 this title really grabbed my attention. I'm not a big Tony Beddard fan as I find most of what he writes to be too bogged down in story exposition and largely boring, but this was the opposite of that!

No, this isn't Ted Kord nor is it in any way related to him. He's not mentioned at all. This isn't even the same Jaime Reyes from the pre-New 52 DCU. It's an all-new origin story that actually starts at the beginning of this young hero's career.

As I started getting into this I couldn't help but see some very strong parallels to Spider-Man. There's the unwitting teenager caught in a bad situation, great power and responsibility, unrequited love, best friend turning worst enemy...yep, DC's version of Spider-Man...which has been canceled as of issue #16 due to lagging sales.

It's awful really, because this book had so much potential to be so much bigger. No, he's not a big name like Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman or even Aquaman these days, but he's no less interesting a character. And he's handled really well here and given a story that, above all else, makes you care about him.

This is a perfect book for the younger DC readers, too. Even though I enjoyed Teen Titans Vol. 1 for the most part, this is much better and seems to be more "in touch" with kids today. Don't dismiss this one just because you've never heard of Blue Beetle. If you've ever loved Spider-Man or if you're a current fan of Green Lantern, give this a shot.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
...something old, something new, something blue - return of the homicidal carapace... Jan. 30 2013
By H. Bala - Published on Amazon.com
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Okay, full disclosure moment, I got mad love for the original incarnation of Jaime Reyes. I was so damned cheesed when not only did BLUE BEETLE get canceled, but then the New 52 mandate came along. I'm still nursing a case of the bitters with DC's sweeping and very mercenary relaunch. I was very concerned about the treatment of Blue Beetle going forward. But I can't stay away from this comic book. BLUE BEETLE Vol. 1: METAMORPHOSIS collects the new series' first six issues. Tony Bedard writes the thing. Ig Guara draws the thing. But how does it fare compared to the awesome series it's opted to reinvent?

There's stuff that's familiar and stuff that's veered off what's familiar. Jaime Reyes pretty much remains true to character. He's a normal teenager but with a strong sense of responsibility toward his family and friends. We're reacquainted with Jaime's best friend Paco, who's still hanging with them bad elements, and Brenda del Vecchio, whose aunt happens to be El Paso's resident crime lord, La Dama. Except I don't remember the original La Dama dabbling in the dark arts.

How he ends up with the sentient and very homicidal alien scarab may be different, but Jaime does end up with it as it once more fuses itself to his spine. And once more Jaime is faced with a constant test of wills to see whether it's he or the ultra-aggressive scarab - whose name is "Khaji-Da" - who'll be giving the marching orders.

Will Jaime Reyes disobey his parents and attend Brenda's Quinceañera, which is being held at her Tia Amparo's suspiciously well-guarded compound? Can the Brotherhood of Evil recover the red backpack which contains the ancient and possibly cursed escarabajo azul? Or will the blue beetle artifact instead lodge itself in an unwitting Hispanic teen's spine? (I'm guessing yes to that last one.) Elsewhere, the Reach - a predatory alien race to which the A.I. scarab belongs - has pinpointed the location of the long-absent Khaji-Da and dispatches one of its soldiers. Tony Bedard doesn't waste time.

Speaking of, I remember Tony Bedard from his terrific stint at CrossGen Comics, and so I trust him as a storyteller, trust that whichever route he chooses to go with Jaime Reyes, no matter if he echoes the original Jaime's story arc or not, that it'll be a road worth exploring. I remember Ig Guara from bupkis, but I appreciate his clean linework and the expressiveness of his figures and that, unlike cover artist Tyler Kirkham, he renders the Beetle in appropriate body proportion. Jaime's Beetle isn't some overmuscled bodybuilder, Tyler Kirkham. He's just a kid and should be drawn that way. I guess it's super-gauche to mention that I miss the hell out of Cully Hamner's artwork.

I've hopes and certain expectations for this series, and, yeah, much of that go back to what I enjoyed in the previous series. I don't know when or if Jaime will reveal his identity to his family and friends, except that when he did that in the other series, his loved ones' awareness of his alter ego immediately layered in a new dynamic to the narrative. I absolutely loved that his little sister knew he was Blue Beetle. In this volume, it's possible that Bedard is seeking a new direction.

Thankfully, the backdrop is still El Paso, Texas. Gratifyingly, Bedard doesn't shy from embracing Jaime's ethnicity and from rooting him deep into his Hispanic culture. His heritage - and I guess that includes the Spanglish - is part and parcel of what makes Jaime Reyes such a fantastic and unique and real character.

Okay, I do have a few bones to pick. I don't subscribe to the notion of a supporting character gaining super powers, but that happens here. And, in issue six, Tony Bedard puts Blue Beetle in such a serious bind that the only way he could resolve his dilemma and outwit his adversary is by pretending that Khaji-Da is in full control. This leads to a pretty messed-up course of action on his part, considering who ends up paying for his deception. I guess what Jaime does makes sense in the context of the narrative and is even a pretty clever trick. Still, Bedard may get a protesting letter or two.

After reading this volume I guess I'm cautiously optimistic about this particular relaunch. Even under new management, Jaime Reyes remains very relatable. Bedard injects enough changes to make it seem fresh while retaining enough of the ingredients that made the previous series such a fun read. If nothing else, it's a better reiteration than the one we saw in the SMALLVILLE episode. So for now I'm on board with this new series, even if I'm still not sold on DC's New 52.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
New 52 Jaime Reyes/Blue Beetle is a Great ride! Dec 2 2012
By Cal - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I really enjoyed the pre 52 Jaime Reyes Blue Beetle, so I picked up the first two issues last fall and I really enjoyed it!!! Yes, there are a lot of Peter Parker and Smallville themes in these stories, but the new 52 Blue Beetle stands out on his own. I haven't had as much fun reading a comic book since middle school, Blue Beetle is a great read and the artwork is excellent. Even though I'm highly disappointed about DC cancelling this title, I'm looking forward to ongoing adventures of Jaime Reyes in Keith Griffins upcoming DC new 52 sci fi title "Threshold" starting in January 2013.
Blue Beatle Feb. 9 2014
By Jeff Ouma - Published on Amazon.com
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This was awesome, but some pages were impossible to read. It was pretty good besides that.

-JO DC Comic Reader
Enjoyable July 9 2013
By Livingston Picklesworth - Published on Amazon.com
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It was an enjoyable book but part of it is in Spanish and I don't understand that so that was frustrating


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