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During Infinite Crisis, the mystical Blue Beetle scarab chose sixteen-year-old Jaime Reyes as its new guardian, but its supernatural powers are both a blessing and a curse. The newest hero in the DC Universe will now have to deal with strange and dangerous days as he learns to handle his new abilities. In this volume, Jaime discovers the secret of his Blue Beetle armor and During Infinite Crisis, the mystical Blue Beetle scarab chose sixteen-year-old Jaime Reyes as its new guardian, but its supernatural powers are both a blessing and a curse. The newest hero in the DC Universe will now have to deal with strange and dangerous days as he learns to handle his new abilities. In this volume, Jaime discovers the secret of his Blue Beetle armor and hits the road looking for answers from the Scarab's original owner. Collects Blue Beetle #7-12.


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During Infinite Crisis, the mystical Blue Beetle scarab chose sixteen-year-old Jaime Reyes as its new guardian, but its supernatural powers are both a blessing and a curse. The newest hero in the DC Universe will now have to deal with strange and dangerous days as he learns to handle his new abilities. In this volume, Jaime discovers the secret of his Blue Beetle armor and During Infinite Crisis, the mystical Blue Beetle scarab chose sixteen-year-old Jaime Reyes as its new guardian, but its supernatural powers are both a blessing and a curse. The newest hero in the DC Universe will now have to deal with strange and dangerous days as he learns to handle his new abilities. In this volume, Jaime discovers the secret of his Blue Beetle armor and hits the road looking for answers from the Scarab's original owner. Collects Blue Beetle #7-12.

30 review for Blue Beetle, Vol. 2: Road Trip

  1. 4 out of 5

    Anne

    Road Trip is quite an improvement on Blue Beetle Vol. 1: Shellshocked. It still has the warmth of the first volume, but the plot really seems to get rolling in this one. You get the answer to Jamie's missing year, which was what I was hoping. Turns out the answer is kinda anti-climactic, but the story leading up to it is good. Peacemaker is an interesting character, and his interactions with Jamie add something that the first volume was missing. They've got that I-Don't-Wanna-Like-You-But-I-Kinda Road Trip is quite an improvement on Blue Beetle Vol. 1: Shellshocked. It still has the warmth of the first volume, but the plot really seems to get rolling in this one. You get the answer to Jamie's missing year, which was what I was hoping. Turns out the answer is kinda anti-climactic, but the story leading up to it is good. Peacemaker is an interesting character, and his interactions with Jamie add something that the first volume was missing. They've got that I-Don't-Wanna-Like-You-But-I-Kinda-Do-Anyway thing going on between them. There's also a nice cliffhanger at the end that makes me hope I can track down Blue Beetle Vol. 3: Reach for the Stars.

  2. 4 out of 5

    [Name Redacted]

    All right, MUCH better. The art still seems to vary too much, but is generally better than in the first volume, and the writing is (for the most part) crisp, clever and contains many genuinely funny lines and scenes. My personal favorite is the flashback to the Infinite Crisis in which Jaime is gushing about how great it'll be to tell his parents that he helped Batman save the universe, at which point Batman tells him to tell them it was Superman because everyone likes Superman; when Jaime asks All right, MUCH better. The art still seems to vary too much, but is generally better than in the first volume, and the writing is (for the most part) crisp, clever and contains many genuinely funny lines and scenes. My personal favorite is the flashback to the Infinite Crisis in which Jaime is gushing about how great it'll be to tell his parents that he helped Batman save the universe, at which point Batman tells him to tell them it was Superman because everyone likes Superman; when Jaime asks "But doesn't anyone like YOU?", Batman responds "They're not SUPPOSED to." This volume also benefits from the inclusion of the New Gods and their mythos, which can ameliorate a multitude of sins as far as I'm concerned! I love Jack Kirby's New Genesis/Apokolips conflict! I'm STILL pissed off that they decided to kill them all off during the "Final Crisis" just so Jimmy Olsen could get a bunch of powers which supposedly came from them but which were entirely unrelated to them... And I digress. The only real weak spot for me was the one-page "parody" of TV news. They included an unnecessary and mean-spirited caricature of Stan Lee & his "Who Wants to Be A Superhero" show, as well as a straw-man caricature of Fox News (specifically Bill O'Reilly); I had a friend who was on season 2 of Stan Lee's show and she still has fond memories of the experience and of how nice Stan Lee was to them; and one of the benefits of having a passionately Republican brother is that I have actually SEEN things on Fox News, not just the sound-bites or out-of-context clips that are used to encourage anti-Fox confirmation bias, and the comic's caricature of O'Reilly is way off (did you know that he is pro-gun control, and a firm believer in climate change, nee global warming, and immigration reform? no, of course you didn't. because that would require actually WATCHING HIS SHOW). *sigh* In any event, this page was the sole sour note in an otherwise enjoyable comic, but it was so unnecessary and obnoxious that it made me drop a whole star from what otherwise would have been a 5 star review. The series is picking up, and I appreciate that. I'm glad my faith in Linkara's judgment was not in vain!

  3. 5 out of 5

    John Yelverton

    The character just seems so much weaker than the original that he replaced, which makes the whole book series less enjoyable.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Craig

    This was an okay book but nothing too memorable. It did have an introductory "Our story so far" page that was helpful in explaining why we had a confused teenager rather than the original (or second) Blue Beetle, but there were way too many characters and every time a storyline was initiated it seemed to be dropped and went off in another silly and/or confusing direction without resolution. The art was serviceable but not especially striking. This was an okay book but nothing too memorable. It did have an introductory "Our story so far" page that was helpful in explaining why we had a confused teenager rather than the original (or second) Blue Beetle, but there were way too many characters and every time a storyline was initiated it seemed to be dropped and went off in another silly and/or confusing direction without resolution. The art was serviceable but not especially striking.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Michael

    I liked Volume 2 even better than Volume 1. There was more continuity, even though the first part is told in a flashback, and there were some great moments of entertaining action, clever problem-solving, and tongue-in-cheek humor. I liked how they incorporated his friends and family into the story, and the various tensions between them and the superhero/supervillain universe. There are plenty of mysteries that serve as long arcs, continuing past this Volume, but each chapter here had an entertain I liked Volume 2 even better than Volume 1. There was more continuity, even though the first part is told in a flashback, and there were some great moments of entertaining action, clever problem-solving, and tongue-in-cheek humor. I liked how they incorporated his friends and family into the story, and the various tensions between them and the superhero/supervillain universe. There are plenty of mysteries that serve as long arcs, continuing past this Volume, but each chapter here had an entertaining plot and stopping point. We learn more about the scarab technology, about the interactions among the Justice League, Green Lantern, and other powers that be, and things continue to slowly progress with the Blue Beetle's media face, and his dealings with La Dama. I think this version has finally equaled my experience with the reboot, and the cliffhanger at the end of this Volume was much more dramatic than the one at the end of Blue Beetle, Vol. 2: Blue Diamond. Plus, this series actually continues! Yay!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    Blue Beetle is quickly becoming one of my favorite superheroes. I especially like Jaime Reyes (partly because he's how I met the character in "Young Justice," but also because I just really like the dichotomy, and subsequent conflict, created by both his reluctance to being a "cape" and his genuinely good heart that won't let him not help if there's a problem). He's an interesting character, made all the more interesting by his interactions with his friends, family, and, of course, the Scarab it Blue Beetle is quickly becoming one of my favorite superheroes. I especially like Jaime Reyes (partly because he's how I met the character in "Young Justice," but also because I just really like the dichotomy, and subsequent conflict, created by both his reluctance to being a "cape" and his genuinely good heart that won't let him not help if there's a problem). He's an interesting character, made all the more interesting by his interactions with his friends, family, and, of course, the Scarab itself. I enjoy the banter between him the Scarab, though I wish it wasn't one-sided. I would LOVE to know what the Scarab is actually saying, like in the "Young Justice" cartoon. But still, this comic had as much great INTERactions as it did action. If you're interested in learning more about Jaime Reyes as Blue Beetle, I would definitely recommend picking this one up.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Sean

    What makes Jaime fun and special is all missing here. The book doesn't read like anything from Keith Giffen as there isn't much humor at all. Instead of getting a new hero learning the ropes, we get New Gods, Peacemaker, and a boring look into Beetle's past, just not this Beetle. It had no soul. The art, by a few different artists, was fine. Overall, a misstep for a fun character with no direction. What makes Jaime fun and special is all missing here. The book doesn't read like anything from Keith Giffen as there isn't much humor at all. Instead of getting a new hero learning the ropes, we get New Gods, Peacemaker, and a boring look into Beetle's past, just not this Beetle. It had no soul. The art, by a few different artists, was fine. Overall, a misstep for a fun character with no direction.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Babsidi

    That spectacular fake-out where Jamie and Paco straight up ask permission to go fight crime? A+. A superhero who's parents know and at least somewhat approve of their fighting crime: amazing. That spectacular fake-out where Jamie and Paco straight up ask permission to go fight crime? A+. A superhero who's parents know and at least somewhat approve of their fighting crime: amazing.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Mark Smiley

    Not sure what happened to the original blue beetle, who I liked. It says in this volume he was killed. So now a kid has his scarab and more powers. Just does not seem right. But I liked the artwork.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Adam Graham

    This book collects Issues 7-12 of the first Blue Beetle series with Jaime Reyes. This volume is all about Jaime coming to terms with his powers and understanding where they come from. He'll trackdown the granddaughter of the original Blue Beetle, Dan Garrett, have a strange space adventure involving magic. This book is interesting. There's so much to like about Jaime. He stands in contrasts to all of the angsty characters out there. His family is even more different. He's told his family about hi This book collects Issues 7-12 of the first Blue Beetle series with Jaime Reyes. This volume is all about Jaime coming to terms with his powers and understanding where they come from. He'll trackdown the granddaughter of the original Blue Beetle, Dan Garrett, have a strange space adventure involving magic. This book is interesting. There's so much to like about Jaime. He stands in contrasts to all of the angsty characters out there. His family is even more different. He's told his family about his secret identity and they're okay with it (within reasonable parameters) and even his erstwhile sort of mentor Peacemaker better not run afoul of them and should show his parents respect. Awesome. I also enjoy Peacemaker as a character. There's some great art, a fun story, and a good mystery that builds, through the book. Other than some issues with strong language by a few secondary characters, this book is almost kid-friendly, which is rare. Overall, this is an enjoyable and interesting tale with a character that showed definite promise.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Brad

    This volume builds on the first collection nicely. Some of these stories, like the explanation for what happened to Blue Beetle during One Year Later, should have come earlier in the series. The writing also evens out as Blue Beetle goes on more single-issue adventures, including a trip on a Boom Tube and digging up information on the first Blue Beetle. Rogers and Giffen gradually keep adding interesting characters to Blue Beetle's universe. "Team Beetle," Blue Beetle's bumbling version of Batman This volume builds on the first collection nicely. Some of these stories, like the explanation for what happened to Blue Beetle during One Year Later, should have come earlier in the series. The writing also evens out as Blue Beetle goes on more single-issue adventures, including a trip on a Boom Tube and digging up information on the first Blue Beetle. Rogers and Giffen gradually keep adding interesting characters to Blue Beetle's universe. "Team Beetle," Blue Beetle's bumbling version of Batman's oracle, offer nice comic relief. Somehow Peacemaker, who's usually a joke of a superhero, is an interesting friend and possible foe to Blue. And Jaime's interactions with his suit are very reminiscent of C-3PO talking to the unintelligible R2D2.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Ottery StCatchpole

    The books consistently get better, I'm sad to see that the first story arc (Book 1) was so weak and mired in typical current event issues that are supposed to interest the Latin American community which added with the bad Spanish and stuff turned me off to the book. I wont mention the constantly changing art teams. Because in this book and the one I'm currently reading the story seems to have improved vastly, it seems the less Keith Giffen writes the better the book gets, the addition of other w The books consistently get better, I'm sad to see that the first story arc (Book 1) was so weak and mired in typical current event issues that are supposed to interest the Latin American community which added with the bad Spanish and stuff turned me off to the book. I wont mention the constantly changing art teams. Because in this book and the one I'm currently reading the story seems to have improved vastly, it seems the less Keith Giffen writes the better the book gets, the addition of other writers has vastly improved the story and I've even grown to like Guy Gardener but he's in the next book not this one. Still, a good read, not good enough to buy but good enough to read. Rafael Albaquerque on art is cool too.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Annice22

    There was way too much going on in this story from Jaime telling his family how he returned from being missing for a year to his friend Brenda transported to another world. And so many more things that clogged up the story. I also didn't understand why the Blue Beetle needed a tech team, couldn't he figure things out for himself. I guess not. This wasn't very well written and there were too many useless characters adding nothing to this horrible group of stories. There were only two parts that ma There was way too much going on in this story from Jaime telling his family how he returned from being missing for a year to his friend Brenda transported to another world. And so many more things that clogged up the story. I also didn't understand why the Blue Beetle needed a tech team, couldn't he figure things out for himself. I guess not. This wasn't very well written and there were too many useless characters adding nothing to this horrible group of stories. There were only two parts that made this worth reading: 1) the scene with Blue Beetle and Batman and 2) the scene with Green Arrow, Black Canary and Blue Beetle.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Alex

    This is about a 16 yer old named Jaime Reyes. He stumbled across the blue Scarab. The next day, he woke up as the blue beetle. In this book ,He finds out more about the Blue beetle armor. He hits the road, with this man called "The Peacemaker". He needs more lnfo on where the Scarab came from. On the way, He meets an unexpected guest. I have no Connections. I gave this book 4 stars because, this was full of action. I really liked this book. I reccomend this book to people who likes Graphic Nov This is about a 16 yer old named Jaime Reyes. He stumbled across the blue Scarab. The next day, he woke up as the blue beetle. In this book ,He finds out more about the Blue beetle armor. He hits the road, with this man called "The Peacemaker". He needs more lnfo on where the Scarab came from. On the way, He meets an unexpected guest. I have no Connections. I gave this book 4 stars because, this was full of action. I really liked this book. I reccomend this book to people who likes Graphic Novels, DC, or super heroes.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Joseph

    Borrowed from Debi. Much better than the first volume. In fact, it's almost as though the writers have responded to my complaints about the first volume. They've used flashbacks to fill in for what happened during the big crossover events. People have stopped responding to Blue Beetle as anything other than just another guy in a weird-looking suit. And we're starting to see Jaime and the Scarab working at cross-purposes. In addition, the book has turned out to be kind of funny, and the side charac Borrowed from Debi. Much better than the first volume. In fact, it's almost as though the writers have responded to my complaints about the first volume. They've used flashbacks to fill in for what happened during the big crossover events. People have stopped responding to Blue Beetle as anything other than just another guy in a weird-looking suit. And we're starting to see Jaime and the Scarab working at cross-purposes. In addition, the book has turned out to be kind of funny, and the side characters are finally given something to do besides existing as a one-note stereotype.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Josh

    Volume 2 did end up being an improvement over the first, but not by a whole lot. There are so many characters at this point and most don't feel relevant. Every time something needs to be explained or done a new character shows up. Plot wise they are clearly playing a long game and building up to something, but the random stuff that pads out the comic between info dumps about what the scarab is just aren't interesting in the slightest. The mystery of the scarab isn't exactly enough to make me wan Volume 2 did end up being an improvement over the first, but not by a whole lot. There are so many characters at this point and most don't feel relevant. Every time something needs to be explained or done a new character shows up. Plot wise they are clearly playing a long game and building up to something, but the random stuff that pads out the comic between info dumps about what the scarab is just aren't interesting in the slightest. The mystery of the scarab isn't exactly enough to make me want to keep reading.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Nfnt-robin

    This is what a snappy teen superhero book should be, and look, he's Latino! Yay! Very fun, great art, and so far, different enough from the usual superhero fare to stand out. For example, when the Blue Beetle gets his powers, the first thing he does...is tell his family exactly what's going on. How rare is that? And his family and friends kick butt. It's also Whedon-esque in terms of the funny one liners and conversations. And really, you can't complain about that. This is what a snappy teen superhero book should be, and look, he's Latino! Yay! Very fun, great art, and so far, different enough from the usual superhero fare to stand out. For example, when the Blue Beetle gets his powers, the first thing he does...is tell his family exactly what's going on. How rare is that? And his family and friends kick butt. It's also Whedon-esque in terms of the funny one liners and conversations. And really, you can't complain about that.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Susan

    This book clears up some of the confusion as Jaime tells his family what he remembers about his time in space before he disappeared for a year. Also, the granddaughter of Dan Garrett, the original Blue Beetle, makes an appearance, helping Jaime to learn more about his legacy (the second Blue Beetle is dead). And the end kicks off the new story line, which I know from spoilers is going to be very interesting.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Jeffrey Jelmeland

    Ugh! This character has so much promise, and is actually well written when making guest appearances in the Booster Gold books, but in his own series he is written more as a teen goof, and is an obvious attempt to appeal to a multicultural reader base. I wouldn't mind that so much if the story was actually decent and worth reading, but this one bored me to tears. I can't say that it encourages me to try more in the series. Ugh! This character has so much promise, and is actually well written when making guest appearances in the Booster Gold books, but in his own series he is written more as a teen goof, and is an obvious attempt to appeal to a multicultural reader base. I wouldn't mind that so much if the story was actually decent and worth reading, but this one bored me to tears. I can't say that it encourages me to try more in the series.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Katie

    Jaime is worming his way into my heart. He is so endearing. Paco is really the star of this volume. Forget Peacemaker, forget the New Gods - Paco's characterization is what kept me reading at a lightning pace. We really see what he's made of, how willing he is to save the people important to him. This actually bleeds into our understanding of Jaime as well, since we are, after all, the sum of our experiences (and influences!) Jaime is worming his way into my heart. He is so endearing. Paco is really the star of this volume. Forget Peacemaker, forget the New Gods - Paco's characterization is what kept me reading at a lightning pace. We really see what he's made of, how willing he is to save the people important to him. This actually bleeds into our understanding of Jaime as well, since we are, after all, the sum of our experiences (and influences!)

  21. 4 out of 5

    K.

    Jaime is worming his way into my heart. He is so endearing. Paco is really the star of this volume. Forget Peacemaker, forget the New Gods - Paco's characterization is what kept me reading at a lightning pace. We really see what he's made of, how willing he is to save the people important to him. This actually bleeds into our understanding of Jaime as well, since we are, after all, the sum of our experiences (and influences!) Jaime is worming his way into my heart. He is so endearing. Paco is really the star of this volume. Forget Peacemaker, forget the New Gods - Paco's characterization is what kept me reading at a lightning pace. We really see what he's made of, how willing he is to save the people important to him. This actually bleeds into our understanding of Jaime as well, since we are, after all, the sum of our experiences (and influences!)

  22. 5 out of 5

    Centauri

    really get the feel that the character is a child trying to find their place in the world of heroes. it is a far more realistic and believable concept than acrobatic robin or teen titans with no adult supervision. Jaime has real problems, both in AND out of the suit. it is also delivered in such a way that the reader is lost in the same mystery as Jaime as to the relationship of the scarab and alien technology and purpose. a good read for sure

  23. 5 out of 5

    Shaun

    A good story line bridging Jaimie's reappearance and his journey discovering what the scarab actually is. I love that his parents seem to at least accept his position as a new hero. Giffen gives just enough clues about the Reach, but at the end of the comic he leaves the reader wanting more. A good story line bridging Jaimie's reappearance and his journey discovering what the scarab actually is. I love that his parents seem to at least accept his position as a new hero. Giffen gives just enough clues about the Reach, but at the end of the comic he leaves the reader wanting more.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Brian

    Jamie Reyes' adventures as the Blue Beetle continue as he develops his network with Peacemaker as well as the Reach. I don't really have a lot to say about this individual volume as I read the first four pretty much at the same time. It's good, read it. There aren't many hispanic superheroes so it's nice to see a well-written one to boot. Jamie Reyes' adventures as the Blue Beetle continue as he develops his network with Peacemaker as well as the Reach. I don't really have a lot to say about this individual volume as I read the first four pretty much at the same time. It's good, read it. There aren't many hispanic superheroes so it's nice to see a well-written one to boot.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Jin

    "The Blue Beetle is getting me really interested. The story is simple but enjoyable, Jaime's filling-up the gaps on his year long space adventure with the Justice League, starting to do superhero campaigns and up to find out more about the Scarab. The Blue Beetle tech is cool, reminds me of Matt Fraction's Bleeding Edge plus Extremis Iron Man!" "The Blue Beetle is getting me really interested. The story is simple but enjoyable, Jaime's filling-up the gaps on his year long space adventure with the Justice League, starting to do superhero campaigns and up to find out more about the Scarab. The Blue Beetle tech is cool, reminds me of Matt Fraction's Bleeding Edge plus Extremis Iron Man!"

  26. 4 out of 5

    Jamil

    jaime reyes, the hero of el paso texas, the teenaged superhero known as the blue beetle, gifted amazing abilities due to the alien technology >the scarab< bonded to his spine, is about the smartest, kindest, most normal kid you could ever know.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Mac

    This book is about how Jaime Reyes tries to figure out how to control the Blue Beetle suit. He also goes to a new planet and saves aliens. I would recommend this book this to all boys that like DC Comics.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Fraser Sherman

    This look at a teenage Latino hero struggling to figure out where he fits in a super-hero universe is very funny, well characterized and entertaining. It lives up to its rep (which is why Jaime has shown up in both Brave and Bold and Young Justice on TV).

  29. 4 out of 5

    Snow

    read for fun; Great Graphic Novels for Teens 2008 list read for fun; Great Graphic Novels for Teens 2008 list

  30. 5 out of 5

    Rob

    I expected this to be more entertaining than this pedestrian product that the usually reliable Keith Giffen churned out.

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