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Product Details

  • Series: Blue Beetle (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics (November 20, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401237134
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401237134
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 0.2 x 10.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #255,430 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Jaime's an appealing lead and we don't often see superhero books starring Hispanic kids in El Paso."—The Onion AV Club 

"This series is off to a good start."—The New York Times

About the Author

Writer Tony Bedard began his career as an assistant editor for both the DCU and Vertigo, moving onto scribe GREEN LANTERN CORPS, R.E.B.E.L.S., and BIRDS OF PREY. As a freelance writer, Bedard has written for Marvel Comics, Image, Broadway, Malibu and Crusade Comics, as well as the animated Turok: Son of Stone film. He is currently writer on GREEN LANTERN: NEW GUARDIANS and BLUE BEETLE, both a part of DC Comics - The New 52.

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This is a perfect book for the younger DC readers, too.
Russell326
While the art is nice enough along with some pretty interesting visuals, I found the story to be rather predictable with some very one dimensional characters.
Chongo
It seems like everything is pretty much taken to relatively exciting levels but not blowing me away like some other comics out there.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Russell326 on November 27, 2012
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.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By H. Bala TOP 500 REVIEWER on January 30, 2013
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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?
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By Kira on March 21, 2013
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i fist saw blue on (the now canceled :( ) Young Justice show on cartoon network and its him that made me interested in his character. i was already familer with comics (use to read x-men when i was young). i cant compare this to any previous blue beetle comic (i am planning on back tracking ad reading all of them, not just Jeime's story's. but i do like it and i plan on reading other because i love this hero, maybe ill love others too.
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By Richard Lyon on December 26, 2014
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I'm a big fan of Teen character comics, but this was a letdown. I had been quite looking forward to it, based on the reviews, so when my wife gave it to me for Christmas, I was thrilled! Sadly, it just doesn't hold up. One dimensional characters, interesting elements introduced, then abandoned, an almost complete lack of character development..... it just doesn't hold up. It is entertaining in parts, but you can do better, elsewhere.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Walter Gabrielsen III on March 20, 2013
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This comic features the origin story, Metamorphosis (issues #1-6), of Blue Beetle (Jaime Reyes). You can find reviews for the individual issues elsewhere so I'll focus on what makes this collection volume different than the versions found in the individual issues.

You get to read the same number of pages as in the individual issues but all together at once. The art is sharp, clear, and detailed. But, also the art doesn't change the fact that the "normal world" areas of Blue Beetle are slum-like, dirty, and run down, so it is something of a downer. A shiny-clean city like Metropolis this is not. However, since this is a collected volume you get more pages for your money, and if you don't like what is happening you can just skip it and turn the page. I like this because I found that with the individual issues the story ended far too quickly for me as the pace began to speed up whenever it showed me interesting things.

This book separates the gap between each issue with a page featuring the original cover in color on one side, without title decoration or text overlays, and then the black and white version of the same cover appears on the other side of the page, again without decoration.

I noticed that some of the captions, specifically the informational hints about DC lore and also the comic crossover notes from the individual issues were removed from the pages of this book. I think that missing some explanations and background information takes away from the experience of casual readers who don't know about DC lore, for who I am one of them.

In the back of the book there are a few pages of character art: 1 color page of Thorax, an enemy, and 5 pencil sketches of Blue Beetle in various poses.
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