Blue Beetle #4


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Blue Beetle #4


  • Words: John Rogers & Keith Giffen
  • Art: Cully Hamner
  • Inks: Cully Hamner
  • Colors: Guy Major
  • Story Title: Person of Interest
  • Publisher: DC Comics
  • Price: $2.99
  • Release Date: Jun 28, 2006

Since becoming the new Blue Beetle, Jaime feels he has no control over his life and it’s getting him down. So what is he supposed to do when Oracle offers to help him?

We’re now four issues into this new series and I think it’s safe to say the new Blue Beetle has yet to find the mark. Now I am not saying the writing has been bad under any circumstances, and for the most part the three previous issues were all entertaining reads. I just think this book has been in slow build mode, while attempting to define Jaime and establish him in the DCU.

It’s certainly not a bad thing to take that extra bit of time to round Jaime out, and there were several defining moments in this issue to point him in the right direction. The one good aspect I am referring to involves Jaime’s lament over feeling like he’s being manipulated wherever he turns. A good example here was seen in the opening scene of this issue when Oracle contacts him via his computer. She wants to help him and is willing to dispatch a Bird of Prey agent into his area, but Jaime isn’t having it. He still feels betrayed from being left on the moon during the crisis, so he scoffs at the offer. To make matters worse his mother whisks him off to see a doctor for a check-up and when the results turn up negative Jaime seeks refuge in the company of his friends Paco and Brenda. Once again trouble follows and he is forced into a compromising situation. Being the new Blue Beetle is hard work indeed.

As I mentioned already, the writing for this issue was entertaining throughout. Of course that credit goes to the writing team of John Rogers and Keith Giffen, and the duo did an admirable job of shaping Jaime into a believable enough teenager. There’s certainly been enough slow-build here to make you wonder just how Jaime fits into the grand scheme of things, and I thought this issue hinted at what type of future will lie ahead for him. That’s a good enough reason to keep reading this series for my tastes, and I must say this is a much different incarnation of the Blue Beetle than the two previous men who claimed the mantle.

I was also pleased to see Cully Hamner return as artist for this issue, since taking a break on the previous one. Cully’s work is always a treat for me and I enjoy seeing his solid storytelling abilities applied to every panel. I find his characterizations steady and stylistically sound for my liking, and I didn’t mind the fact that Jaime was out of costume for the majority of the issue. I will say I did enjoy the Beetle’s brief appearance towards the end of the issue, and it’s that kind of thing that keeps me coming back for more.

So if you are beginning to find this book lagging a bit, then I suggest you put that thought out of your mind. This issue surely pushed forward quite a bit and I think you can start to understand Jaime a bit more by the end of it. I think it’s safe to say the Blue Beetle is here for the long haul, so it’s high time you get used to him now. I know I already have.

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