High school, dating, parents, acne, figuring out what you’re going to do with your life after graduation… Let’s face it, it’s stressful being a teenager. The urge to fit in and live a normal life free of embarrassment is overwhelming. So it’s a fair bet that being targeted by an alien artifact that resembles a big bug to become a superhero known as Blue Beetle probably wasn’t high on Jaime Reyes’ playlist.
Blue Beetle #7
Story by: Keith Giffen & Scott Kolins
Script by: Keith Giffen
Art by: Scott Kolins
Colors by: Romulo Fajardo Jr.
Lettering by: Josh Reed
Blue Beetle continues to be, flat out, one of the most fun and pure storytelling titles in comic stands today. Month after month, this book delivers the goods. Here are 11 reasons to read the latest chapter, Blue Beetle #7!
- The Jack Kirby feel that crackles off the page.
- Keith Giffen writing the best and creepiest Dr. Fate in ages.
- The energy and caliber of the superhero battles. Old school and fun.
- Josh Reed’s brilliant use of lettering for sound AND voice effects, a technique sorely missed in too many modern comics.
- Seeing Ted Kord as a man of action!
- Giffen’s excellent ability to bring characterization to his cast with dialogue.
- Scott Kolins pencils paired with Romulo Fajardo Jr.’s colors. It is comic book art perfection.
- The books ability to convey high stake situations yet not succumb to “doom and gloom”.
- The inventive and energetic panel composition.
- That absolutely gorgeous last page cliffhanger.
Seriously, folks, there are all sorts of great comics being done today, but this one just reminds me of why I fell in love with comic book narrative in the first place. Take a reality break and start reading Blue Beetle!