Blue Beetle: Rebirth #1 (DC)

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CREDIT: DC Comics

Rating: 4/5 – Best of Both Beetles.
by ComicSpectrum EiC Bob Bretall.

I’ve read every Rebirth one-shot and #1 issue that has come out so far and Blue Beetle is joining Action, Aquaman, Deathstroke, Hal Jordan, and Wonder Woman as the 6th Rebirth series to make it onto my pull list.  I was a big fan of the 1986 series starring Ted Kord and the 2006 and 2011 series’ starring Jaime Reyes.  The 2011 series only lasted 16 issues and was cancelled a bit before I gave up on the New 52.  Cancellations of Blue Beetle and other New 52 books I was enjoying was instrumental in me leaving DC as a reader, they cancelled a lot of my favorites out from under me and I just was not enjoying the stuff that was most popular with the majority of DC fans.  I hope this pattern is not repeated in Rebirth.

Blue Beetle: Rebirth reintroduces both Jaime Reyes AND Ted Kord, so I’m getting both of the characters I have enjoyed in the past.  Jaime is still host for the scarab, but now there is a question as to whether it is actually xenotechnology.  This raises an interesting set of story opportunities to merge the scarab into pre-xenotech DC mythology, also specifically invalidating elements of the 2006 series, but this is not the same Earth that those stories took place on, so it’s OK.  Jaime’s supporting cast is back and Keith Giffen’s script includes some great banter between Paco and Brenda.  Jaime himself is frenetically bouncing around in the Beetle armor tossing around his own banter while fighting along with conversation with his “support guy”, Ted Kord, filling a role communicating with Jaime almost like Barbara Gordon’s Oracle did with the Bat-family, though heavier on the humor without going full-on into the Bwah-Ha-Ha style of his pre-Flashpoint Justice League International run.

Blue Beetle is back!  Since both Ted and Jaime are here, Giffen and Kolins are covering their bases by serving up the Beetle that people who have a pre-existing love of the character want to see.  I really enjoyed the writing and art.  Giffen and Kolins have created a story that introduces the characters for people who have never seen them before, while keeping it interesting for those of us who are already familiar with them.  There are some twists and turns along the way to keep us guessing and they have me looking forward to following this series as it rolls along.

Reviewed by: Bob Bretall
(bob@comicspectrum.com
)
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5 Responses to Blue Beetle: Rebirth #1 (DC)

  1. Anthony says:

    I was a big fan of the Blue Beetle in the Ted Kord incarnation. I think it was because of the artist Paris Cullins (I hope I’ve got that right). I am curious. Is he still drawing comics? I have never heard his name uttered and I couldn’t find him on Wikipedia.
    Any insight would be interesting. I loved his work on BB and Blue Devil.

    • Anthony, Like a lot of creators, I think Paris Cullins just stopped getting work as the big publishers tend to always be seeking out “hot” new talent over pros who have been doing it for years, with the exception of a few real superstars who always seem to be able to get work.
      Paris is on Wikipedia here:
      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paris_Cullins#Later_career
      Seems to indicate he’s probably been doing storyboards & advertising work.

      He did do a 4 issue arc of the comic “WWE Superstars” (issues #9-12) from Papercutz in 2014/2015

  2. Well, he worked pretty regularly in comics from 1981 thru 1996, so had a 15 year career in comics. Certainly a bright talent, but not that young (he was in his 30s) by the time he moved to the related fields of toys, board and video games, story boards for commercials and animation. He did work for Hasbro, Disney, Harvey, Archie, Mattel, and Cartoon Network.

    Nice interview with him here:
    http://blackgirlnerds.com/paris-cullins-still-creating/

  3. I haven’t liked the blue beetles art but the stories have been pretty good

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