Acquired Taste Book Club Week 11!
2020-02-07T20:00:00Z → 2020-02-14T19:59:00Z
Welcome to the Acquired Taste Book Club! For this Charlton week, we’re looking at the Blue Beetle!
… In Birds of Prey. Again.
Yeah, Ted-Beetle was actually a regular part of this book’s cast back in the original run. Now, his appearances are a little sporadic, so I’ve gathered together the issues that focus on him most heavily even though they’re not quite sequential. You’re going to be seeing a few fragmented pieces of longer story arcs, which you should absolutely read but aren’t technically part of the assignment.
The main background you need is that prior to the first issue I’ve assigned, Oracle is shown to be in contact with an online pen-pal, who hints that he’s in “the hero business” and later proposes meeting in person.
Reading Assignment: Birds of Prey (1999-) #s 15, 25, 37, 39-42, and 96
Birds of Prey (1999-) #15
Birds of Prey (1999-) #25
Birds of Prey (1999-) #37
Birds of Prey (1999-) #39
Birds of Prey (1999-) #40
Birds of Prey (1999-) #41
Birds of Prey (1999-) #42
Birds of Prey (1999-) #96
For reference, #38 is largely irrelevant to the stuff going on around it, but absolutely feel free to read it.
- What do you think of Ted in these issues?
- Seven of these eight issues are from the oft-overlooked original Chuck Dixon run of the title. Do you like this take? How would you compare it to the Gail Simone run that we saw last time (and one issue of here)? Don’t worry, I’m used to people saying Simone’s run is better and I don’t even entirely disagree so you’ll only hurt my feelings a little.
- Which issue/arc was the best of these?
- How sick are you of my assigning this series over and over again?
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Next week: Alright, alright, I legitimately can’t fit Birds of Prey into a WildStorm week. So I’m gonna have to settle for one Bird.