Review: Blue Beetle — Shellshocked

Blue Beetle: Shellshocked by Keith Giffen, John Rogers, and Cully Hamner

Have I mentioned the amazing Jess Plummer? I really should. Plummer is this fantastic blogger who blogs thoughtfully and critically about comics—her blogs include Active Voice, Dimestore Dames, and Jess’s (Somewhat) Grow-Up Type Blog. I’ve been following her since high school, and she’s definitely been an influence on how I interact with comics as a female fan. Plummer’s favorite male superhero is Ted Kord, the second Blue Beetle, but her affection for the blue scarab also runs to Jaime Reyes, the current Blue Beetle. And when she profiled two women from Jaime’s supporting cast on Dimestore Dames, I decided it was time to acquaint myself.

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The Literary Horizon: Batman: Holy Terror, Blue Beetle: Shellshocked

Having recently listed basically the bulk of my graphic novel collection on eBay, I’m quite in the mood for some graphic novels—DC, of course. I’m a DC girl, through and through; while I like Marvel’s films, there’s something too snarky and winking about it for me in the comics. I’m mostly an aficionado of Batman and the whole Batfamily, but I think it’s time to try something different. To that end, the very first Elseworlds graphic novel and the first installment in Jaime Reyes’ stint as the Blue Beetle ought to do quite nicely.

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