Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Blue Beetle #10

Blue Beetle #10 was published by DC Comics on June 20, 2012, written by Tony Bedard, and illustrated by Ig Guara and J.P. Mayer. This issue begins with our hero Jaime Reyes, a.k.a. Blue Beetle, in the custody of Mr. Bones. Mr. Bones works for the federal government and is in charge of the Department of Extranormal Operations (D.E.O.).

Look, I know we all want to see this scary skeleton dude as a bad guy. But let's face it, he's protecting earth from potential threats. Jaime's wandering around New York City in a bright blue, full-body suit, beating up women (For more on this, check out my Blue Beetle recap). Let's cut Mr. Bones, or "Bonesy" as I like to call him, some slack.

A few hours earlier, Jaime was fighting alongside the New Guardians (Blue Beetle #9). Green Lantern Kyle Rayner sent the mysterious sniper that was out to get them to the D.E.O. Khaji-da informs Jaime that the D.E.O. has been tracking him. Jaime figures that if Kyle can trust them enough, then maybe he can head over to D.E.O. headquarters and get some help. He's desperate at this point. The poor kid is literally dumpster diving for food.

He is not met with the warm greetings he was hoping for. The guards take Jaime down to the basement where he's greeted by that jerk sniper in a holding cell. He informs the guards that Jaime is a soldier from The Reach. That's when they detain Jaime and he ends up where the comic book started, in front of Mr. Bones.

As a side note, we see Jaime's parents back in El Paso, Texas calling Jaime's grandmother. They inform her of Jaime's disappearance which really pisses her off. She says she's going to find Jaime. That's all we see of that. I have no idea what any of that means, but I wouldn't want to be on the receiving end of whatever Jaime's grandmother can dish out. She's huge.

Bonesy wants to figure out exactly what the Blue Beetle is. Khaji-da can't allow that. The suit charges up and lets out a huge power surge that causes a blackout. Jaime manages to escape before they get the lights back on.

The comic book ends at the offices of Superfail, the website that showcased the video of Jaime smacking his friend, Brenda. The people working for Superfail are discussing what other juicy stuff they can add to their site. Just when they think they've got it, in walks Booster Gold!


Looks like Booster Gold is here to make things right. I'm excited to see the dynamic between Jaime and Booster when they finally meet. Although I enjoyed Blue Beetle #10, I must admit that I was slightly disappointed that we didn't see more of Jaime and the New Guardians. I understand that the New Guardians have their hands full right now. I just really enjoyed the interaction between Kyle and Jaime. I think there's potential for a great friendship between them. Hopefully we'll see another crossover soon.

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