One of the B-teamers lucky enough to be relaunched by DC Comics is Blue Beetle. The bugged-out superhero gets his Rebirth before the launch of his own monthly comic. Writer Keith Giffen breathes new life into the character with the help of talented Artist Scott Kolins.
In Blue Beetle: Rebirth #1, Jaime Reyes finds himself balancing his personal life and superhero career. Another day of school is missed as Jaime is called upon to take on two criminals holding a restaurant hostage. What do they want? Are they trying to draw out Blue Beetle for a reason? If so, what or who is their motivation?
Blue Beetle: Rebirth #1 is a great point to hop on as Writer Keith Giffen gives you just enough background on the character to at least get a new reader started and through this debut issue. In the age of the internet, it's very easy to just hit up Wikipedia for more info after breezing through to the exciting conclusion of this issue. The Jaime Reyes version of our hero is also an endearing inspiration for the Hispanic community, which there is a lack of in the comic book world.
Issue #1 of Blue Beetle: Rebirth is rated T for Teen. It contains violence, profanity, and frightening and intense scenes. Most cursing in comics are the usual "minor" ones. However, for some reason, Giffen felt the need to push the envelope. He uses "g!@damn", which many religious folks (including myself) find highly offensive.
I don't follow the adventures of Blue Beetle on a regular basis. However, I will say that I enjoy jumping in every once in a while and seeing what's going on in his neighborhood. Blue Beetle: Rebirth #1 is packed full of hyperactive tension and adventure that will appeal to both older readers and the young adult audience the character is obviously aimed at.
Blue Beetle: Rebirth #1 is available now in print and digital editions.
Below is a preview of Blue Beetle: Rebirth #1 provided by CBR. Click on the page to enlarge.