Review: Blue Beetle: Rebirth #1

BLUEREB_Cv1_dsI’m not one who really knows a lot about Blue Beetle, whether it’s Jaime Reyes or Ted Kord. And for those that do that I talk to, they seem to either want one character to be Blue Beetle or the other. Blue Beetle: Rebirth, written by Keith Giffen, seems to have a bit for both fans as the two characters come together to figure things out.

This “first issue” drops you right into the action in many ways laying out the tone for what we can expect and having more than enough to catch up new readers as to what’s going on. Giffen sets up a mentor and mentee dynamic between the two, one the older scientist and the other the young kid just trying to get some answers.

That tone is what I really came to appreciate in the comic. It’s fun and light in a good way with humor that reminds me a lot of Spider-Man in many ways and even a touch of Batman Beyond. It’s a great introduction and even better it acts as a one-shot comic you can pick up and put down if you choose. It’s a win in many ways.

There’s solid twists too, especially towards the end when another character shows up and I don’t want to give things away. But, from what I know it seems to shift some of the things we know about Reyes and his power as Blue Beetle.

Scott Kolins art is decent with a style that feels a bit like a throwback in ways. It’s hard to describe why I think that, but the art style is something I’d expect geared towards younger readers (probably teens) and also might have found in the 90s or 00s. That’s not a bad thing at all as the art style really fits the comic’s tone. It’s a solid match that works really well.

I didn’t have many expectations going into the comic, but coming out of it, I’m pretty impressed. It’s fun in so many ways and has a great positive and fun tone that’ll be a major draw for me of the series. Can’t wait for the first issue of the main series to come and see where this all goes.

Story: Keith Giffen Art: Scott Kolins
Story: 7.9 Art: 7.8 Overall: 7.9 Recommendation: Read

DC Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review