Just thought I should tell you all to read the new Blue Beetle stuff, by John Rogers. It's... fantastic, and everything that is wonderful about superhero comics today.
Jaime Reyes is the Blue Beetle, but being a superhero, especially after the other superheroes leave you in space for a year, is never easy. His super-armor is sociopathic and always homicidal, weird threats from all over the DC Universe seem to make stopovers in his hometown of El Paso, and to top it all off the loving aunt of his best friend is his archenemy.
Suffice it to say, there are crazy hijinx, foreheads of JUSTICE, explosions, mysteries, aliens, and all the stuff that makes 4 color superheroes awesome.
So pick up Volume 1: Shellshocked and give it a read. Because the Blue Beetle is steadily declining in sales, and if this were a Just And Good Universe, it would be outselling the Justice League of America.
Munch is going to hate this
On that note, I'd also like to say that All New Atom is freaking awesome as well.
Are you a mexican teenager with a wise-cracking little sister, a rich white girlfriend, and a mexican friend that's in a gang?
Who cares? He made me sick of whats his name anyways. Plus, he doesn't even own the Minimate. Superfan my ass.
I think the book is really good, though I thought it got off to a rocky start, and figured it would continue to stumble after Giffen left, but suffice to say Im still interested in Jamies misadventures.
but it was around my "oh hey i can't afford all these comics) point and I haven't jumped back on yet
Yes! And every other medium of entertainment has failed me up until this point.
Karl Kerschl would do well with the book.
That's not fair. Wrestling had you covered numerous times.
I thought I remember him saying that he was going to drop it after they explain what the scarab really is / was.
I think he was mentioning how it was entertaining or something, and that he's looking forward to the issue with Guy Gardner.
Or we can wait til he logs on and let him speak for himself.
I'm mostly ambivalent towards the series. I mean, it's pretty good, but it's basically Invincible, in the DCU, with a teenager wearing my favorite character's name. So why not just read Invincible, and not have to flip past ads or worry about editorial stepping in to muck things up. It doesn't help that Rogers isn't very good at writing dramatic dialogue, (Paraphrasing here, but, "He's trying to hurt a baby?! I'm not letting anyone hurt a baby!" and, "This isn't you! It's the scarabs! You have a choice!" just kind of made me cringe) and Jaime's still has a really generic personality. He's just so bland, that his supporting cast ends up overshadowing him. I mean, it's not a bad book, but it's felt really directionless right up until the last issue, and with solicits indicating Jaime will be going up against Eclipso and other such nonsense, I'm not really sure that's going to improve. Still, I'm pretty pumped for the next issue just because it has A) Guy Gardner and much Ted love according to Rogers.
Like I said, it's pretty good, from an objective standpoint, but I won't be upset when it's cancelled. Until then I'll probably keep buying it just to keep a full run.
See, this this right here is awesome
I hate you munch.
Buy hey, there is this;
I guess it becomes obvious when they make it clear you should really be paying attention to what they have to say.
But then, I could see an average teenager saying, "I'm not letting anybody hurt a baby." Compare that to these quotes from "The Real World".
I think the Phantom Stranger and the New Gods were suitably eloquent and mysterious, and I absolutely loved Lonar's dialogue. The New Gods issues were what really hooked me into the book, and I can't wait for Jaime's reaction to Superman. I'm a hugh Superman fan, and seeing how the new Beetle will interact with Big Blue is great. It's also fantastic to see Guy Gardner show up again to not really apologize, but make up for acting like such a dick in the first issue.
You are right, Munch. Blue Beetle is like Invincible in the DCU, in that it's about a teen hero with an unusual background. Beyond that, though, the setting is what really makes Blue Beetle for me. With Action Comics and Superman, Big Blue isn't really interacting with the rest of the DCU, and neither is Batman nor Wonder Woman. JLA is pretty much off on its own, too. Blue Beetle dives right into the wider DCU and embraces the entire concept that makes the DCU work; that being that Earth is a world of heroes. Now you've got this hero who never really asked to be bodyjacked by a homicidal bug, got dumped by the rest of the heroes, and has to adapt to a world that moved on without him for a year.
Seeing him acclimate to his responsibilites and deal with the fact that he's got to do right is really interesting for me. Now that he's acclimated and is handling his very own Alien Invasion, things are really cooking.
Also, I never, ever thought that I would give a damn about the character of the Peacemaker. It takes some writing skill to make such a Z-list character not only likeable, but incredibly interesting and exciting to read. Dealing with the robbery of the corner store was probably one of the best scenes thus far in Blue Beetle.
As to Ted Kord, I love him too. I really think he and Jaime would really complement each other in a fantastically snarky manner. Of course, I expect most people will pick up Blue Beetle when Ted is inevitably resurrected within its pages.
Uh, even if you aren't, there's more to people to identify with than that. You don't have to be Mexican at all to identify with a Mexican character. They are not defining him by his ethnicity.
So apparently you don't get humor.
I know there are worse writers, but still, Catwoman, The Core, and American Outlaws? It's like the guy hates writing.
Rogers may have, at one point, written something that in some incarnation was incorporated into CATWOMAN; that's really all you can tell from the credit.
To summarize, bad things seem to follow John Rogers, just not this time apparently.