“Is this your first time reading Blue Beetle (2006) Issues 1-6?”
Yes it was, and overall I liked it. It feels reminiscent of a lot of different teenaged hero archetypes both classic and modern, but I think the family and friends of Jaime are well developed enough that it works. I don’t know if I’m going to immediately go back into this, but I’ll definitely want to finish this run at some point.
“Do you consider the “Posse” a necessary evil?”
It’s odd, really – from what we see (or at least from what I remember), they don’t seem to really do much that identifies themselves as a criminal gang. They feel more like the Scooby Gang, but nowhere near as memorable.
“What do you think of Jamie Reyes?”
He’s pretty likable – in some ways, I think he kind of feels rather blank and standard, but I wonder how much of that is just him being sort of reacting to the world around him instead of actually acting. I would hope this is something that’s improved on with future arcs.
“What was your favorite moment?”
Definitely the reveal to his parents and sister. In these teen hero books, the standard, cliche storyline is “I have to keep my heroic identity a secret to protect my family.” This story basically says “eff that, drop the bomb on issue 3.” Aaaaand it doesn’t quite turn out so well.
Speaking of reveals, it’s odd in that it feels like A LOT of people know Jaime is Blue Beetle from the start. We get his parents, his sister, his two best friends. Then you have the bigger members of the superhero community like Batman and Oracle. And THEN you get the Posse, which is about…five-ish people, I honestly don’t even remember any of them. And then there’s all the people in that prison thing AND la Dama herself, the overall villain of the piece.
Man, at this rate I feel like pretty much all of El Paso is going to know who Blue Beetle is by the end of issue #12.