Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Blue Beetle #9

*This post contains spoilers*

I have been looking forward to DC Comics Blue Beetle #9 ever since I heard that it would feature the stars of Green Lantern: New Guardians. I read this issue and I was not disappointed one bit.

Published on May 16, 2012, written by Tony Bedard, and illustrated by Marcio Takara, Pete Pantazis, Rob Leigh, and Paul Renaud, Blue Beetle #9 continues the adventures of The New 52 Blue Beetle, Jaime Reyes (I encourage you to catch up on Blue Beetle with my Blue Beetle recap!) 

At the end of Blue Beetle #8, we were left with a confrontation between Jaime and Green Lantern Kyle Rayner, Red Lantern Bleez, and Orange Lantern construct Glomulus in New York City. Khaji-da, Jaime's Blue Beetle scarab, recognizes the Lanterns as a threat, so it immediately goes into defense mode. Bleez is ready to tear Blue Beetle's head off, while Kyle is more curious about what the hell is going on.

As the situation heats up, Kyle gets shot in mid-air by a mysterious sniper and his power ring immediately loses charge. Jaime catches Kyle as he's falling and saves him. Considering the fact that Jaime came to New York City to find superheroes that he can befriend, letting Kyle fall would be a real dick move.

Bleez immediately jumps on Jaime but Jaime tries to fight her off. He's pleading with her, trying to get her to understand that he's a good guy. At this point, the suit... detects something. You almost don't realize it but Khaji-da keeps informing Jaime that it detects metabolic arousal. Now what happens next, I will not sugar coat. Blue Beetle gets a boner:

Hey! Cut Jaime some slack. He's a young man and Bleez is hot (if you take away the blood spewing from her mouth and constant uncontrollable anger). Ok enough of the sexy stuff. Let's get back on track.

In Jaime's hometown of El Paso, Texas, we find out that Jaime's friend Brenda's Aunt, who previously disappeared during a scuffle with Blue Beetle, left Brenda a huge amount of money in the event of her death. I have no idea where that part of the story is going, but I'm sure we'll find out soon.

Back in New York City, Kyle's ring is completely out of power. Just as he realizes that he needs his power battery, Glomulus gets hit by the unknown sniper and vanishes. We immediately find out that this ugly jerk that has the ability to drain power rings of their juice was sent by the Guardians of Oa! He grabs Kyle and wants to bring him back to the Guardians, but Bleez won't let him. As she distracts the kidnapper, Jaime brings Kyle his power battery and we see the coolest Green Lantern oath to date:

Kyle powers up his ring and detains that ugly bastard. Jaime then explains to Kyle and Bleez that he came to New York City to look for people who could understand his situation and to protect his family and friends. Kyle lets him know that he understands what it's like to experience the tragedy that such awesome powers can lead to. Specifically, Kyle recounts a horrific scene from his past where his girlfriend was murdered and stuffed in a refrigerator (Yes, this happened in Green Lantern #54, 1994.)

Blue Beetle is about to tell Kyle everything but Khaji-da freaks out and Kyle interjects. Kyle tells Jaime that in order to protect those close to him, he should preserve his identity. Kyle then scans Jaime's suit and his ring informs him that the suit is from a group called The Reach. It also notifies Kyle that The Reach is currently attacking the planet Odym, homeworld of the Blue Lantern Corps. It's Khaji-kai and Lu-kreeza! Those jerks turned their attention toward Odym to take down the Blue Lantern Corps in Blue Beetle #5. We saw this coming. But now, there's hope. Kyle immediately flies off to go help the Blue Lanterns. Bleez goes her own way to see her leader, Atrocitus. Jaime is once again left alone in New York City.

Blue Beetle #9 delivers big time. As a Green Lantern fan, I appreciate how it incorporates some familiar characters and even gives a bit of history. As a Blue Beetle fan, I love how it features the other Lanterns not only as a fun cameo, but also to add depth to the ongoing story in both Blue Beetle and Green Lantern: New Guardians.

Want more Green Lantern: New Guardians? A recap of Green Lantern: New Guardians #1-8 and a review of Green Lantern: New Guardians #9 is coming soon. Stay tuned!

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