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During INFINITE CRISIS, the mystical Blue Beetle scarab chose 16-year-old Jaime Reyes as its new guardian, but its powers are both a blessing and a curse! In this volume, Jaime has his hands full when he learns the scarab's alien owners are planning to invade Earth -- and no one will believe him! Plus, more adventures guest-starring popular Lobo, Green Lantern Guy Gardner, During INFINITE CRISIS, the mystical Blue Beetle scarab chose 16-year-old Jaime Reyes as its new guardian, but its powers are both a blessing and a curse! In this volume, Jaime has his hands full when he learns the scarab's alien owners are planning to invade Earth -- and no one will believe him! Plus, more adventures guest-starring popular Lobo, Green Lantern Guy Gardner, The Teen Titans, the villainous Eclipso, Typhoon, Giganta and more! Collects Blue Beetle #13–19.


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During INFINITE CRISIS, the mystical Blue Beetle scarab chose 16-year-old Jaime Reyes as its new guardian, but its powers are both a blessing and a curse! In this volume, Jaime has his hands full when he learns the scarab's alien owners are planning to invade Earth -- and no one will believe him! Plus, more adventures guest-starring popular Lobo, Green Lantern Guy Gardner, During INFINITE CRISIS, the mystical Blue Beetle scarab chose 16-year-old Jaime Reyes as its new guardian, but its powers are both a blessing and a curse! In this volume, Jaime has his hands full when he learns the scarab's alien owners are planning to invade Earth -- and no one will believe him! Plus, more adventures guest-starring popular Lobo, Green Lantern Guy Gardner, The Teen Titans, the villainous Eclipso, Typhoon, Giganta and more! Collects Blue Beetle #13–19.

30 review for Blue Beetle, Vol. 3: Reach for the Stars

  1. 4 out of 5

    [Name Redacted]

    The series finally hit its stride! The art's improving, the writing is even sharper (with some hilarious lines), Jaime is developing as a character, the supporting cast is strong and helps set this apart from your regular superhero schtick, and the revelations abound -- at this point the only weakness is the pacing. It all rushes by too quickly and that leaves it feeling a little bit...shallow at points. Other than that, it's become a genuinely great series! So naturally it got canceled. *sigh* The series finally hit its stride! The art's improving, the writing is even sharper (with some hilarious lines), Jaime is developing as a character, the supporting cast is strong and helps set this apart from your regular superhero schtick, and the revelations abound -- at this point the only weakness is the pacing. It all rushes by too quickly and that leaves it feeling a little bit...shallow at points. Other than that, it's become a genuinely great series! So naturally it got canceled. *sigh* Guess poor Jaime didn't "smolder with generic rage" enough. Well at least i still have these TPBs (and there are about 4 more of them i still haven't read).

  2. 4 out of 5

    John Yelverton

    The artwork is less, the story is weak, the whole book series is just begging to be canceled.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Darwin

    Reach for the Stars is my favorite of the three trades I read so far. I mean having Guy Gardner tell Jaime about Ted Cord on page 51 and having Traci 13 mention Sue and Ralph on page 96 made me tear up. And for them two reasons this book deserves more then a 5 star rating.

  4. 5 out of 5

    victoria.p

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Jaime meets Tim and the Teen Titans! Paco and Brenda launch a rocket! *hearts*

  5. 4 out of 5

    Ola

    As good as it gets. Hooray for the witty dialogue.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Adam Graham

    Reach for the Stars collects Issues 13-19 of the mid-2000s Blue Bettle series. The stories mostly fall within the bounds of the creators of the Scarab (the Reach) and their efforts to subvert the Earth, yet the stories also work as self-contained tales. Jaime Reyes meets up with Guy Gardener, Superman, and the Teen Titans while battling Lobo, Eclipso, and Giganta. The stories flow nicely and the supporting cast gives the book plenty of heart. One of my favorites when Jaime has to travel to Mexic Reach for the Stars collects Issues 13-19 of the mid-2000s Blue Bettle series. The stories mostly fall within the bounds of the creators of the Scarab (the Reach) and their efforts to subvert the Earth, yet the stories also work as self-contained tales. Jaime Reyes meets up with Guy Gardener, Superman, and the Teen Titans while battling Lobo, Eclipso, and Giganta. The stories flow nicely and the supporting cast gives the book plenty of heart. One of my favorites when Jaime has to travel to Mexico to fight a giant and save the inhabits of the town and he needs to get the owner of a luxury hotel to let the poor people to stay so he can fight the villain and there's a nice plot twist as to that is. Overall, this is another fun series of adventures in the Blue Beetle series.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Ann D-Vine

    Jamie is a regular old teenager, who has a mysterious alien Scarab bonded to his back. It gives him the powers of Blue Beetle, and so, he becomes Blue Beetle. It also talks to him, and tells him to do Blue Beetle stuff. Plus, he's got to deal with his friends, his family, and the looming possibility that the Scarab isn't as beneficial as it actually seems. All set against the quaint backdrop of El Paso, Texas. The main draw of this volume is a very cool crossover with the Teen Titans and Lobo. I Jamie is a regular old teenager, who has a mysterious alien Scarab bonded to his back. It gives him the powers of Blue Beetle, and so, he becomes Blue Beetle. It also talks to him, and tells him to do Blue Beetle stuff. Plus, he's got to deal with his friends, his family, and the looming possibility that the Scarab isn't as beneficial as it actually seems. All set against the quaint backdrop of El Paso, Texas. The main draw of this volume is a very cool crossover with the Teen Titans and Lobo. It's a ton of fun, to see Beetle interact with a bunch of kids his age that he's never met, as he tries to suss out their intentions, while Lobo, acting particularly creepy (well, more so than usual) as he threatens and cajoles what are, for all intents and purposes, children. It's a fun issue though, and is a great example of an inter-company crossover that makes sense, conceptually. Of course a teenage Blue Beetle would run into the Teen Titans! That's just obvious. Other stories include the mystical and alien Scarab and its owners, as they launch an invasion against the Earth which only Jamie can stop. Compared to the other stories, which without exception focus on a different villain from the DCU and see how well Blue Beetle handles it, I enjoyed it far less. I'm a fan of the concept, but it doesn't stick out as memorable to me. Jamie fighting Typhoon, the giant, whirling living storm, or Giganta, the villainous Wonder Woman mainstay, just stick out as cooler encounters, that take advantage of the "rookie hero" bent this run is banking on. A young hero, dealing with villains that we know have been dealt with by more advanced fighters, has a degree of weight to it that I think ambiguous alien invasions don't, even though it technically has more personal character investment. The art is really cool. I feel it takes liberal influences from DC animated shows (or, at least, that's the style it reminds me of) - crisp, clear lines, and bold, block colours, create a decently light-hearted atmosphere; backed up by the writing, which focuses on believable teenage interactions and the use of humour to underpin serious dramatic situations. The issue featuring Giganta in particular has some fantastic lines - for example, Beetle's friend and mentor, in questioning how other heroes deal with teenage protégé, posits, "I swear [Batman] drugs Robin's water." It's a fun book, all told, with some unexpected twists, likable characters, a bevy of recognizable B-list villains for Blue Beetle to fight, and an agreeable tone that reminds one of a children's series without shirking on character realism, maturity of themes, or some choice... blue jokes ("he needs our help with his sexy fight!") It is JUST fun, but I'm not entirely sure I have much more of standard for books of this type. It kept my attention, it had people I wanted to read more about, and it had encounters with villains I like seeing more of. That's about all we should reasonably expect from a modern all-ages superhero comic, and it's a standard I'm happy to report Blue Beetle sticks to admirably.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Michael

    This was another solid entry into the series, and I liked the various baddies that populated these issues and the cameos by Superman, Bruce Wayne, and Teen Titans. I liked the ongoing storyline with the Peacemaker and his tech, and Jaime learning to use strategy when outclassed or outgunned. The relationship storylines kind of took a back seat once the action started, but there was an emotional teaser in the last pages that definitely moved things forward, at least for one of the important famil This was another solid entry into the series, and I liked the various baddies that populated these issues and the cameos by Superman, Bruce Wayne, and Teen Titans. I liked the ongoing storyline with the Peacemaker and his tech, and Jaime learning to use strategy when outclassed or outgunned. The relationship storylines kind of took a back seat once the action started, but there was an emotional teaser in the last pages that definitely moved things forward, at least for one of the important family storylines. My main complaint with this one is that seem to have upped the ante on scantily clad female characters and seeing them as sex/relationship objects. The line Beetle gives Supergirl about being taught "not to stare" was a nice touch, but the rest of the pages didn't echo this sentiment. A side character slapping a waitress' butt in the first episode was an over-the-top, one-time event, but it set the tone as far as I could see. Scantily clad heroines are everywhere, some literally falling out of the sky to titillate as love interests for Jaime. I felt it really diluted the story, and didn't pay fair homage to the women fighting as allies and peers to Blue Beetle.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Ottery StCatchpole

    I'm in love with Jaime. I'm sorry to see that it took the series so long to become delightful and for the books to get really good artists, but by then it was relegated to some ghetto corner of the comic shop. I still blame the initial story arc and the constantly changing artists for the misdirection of the book. If this book had started with this writer it would have had a bigger following. I know I would have kept with it. But 20/20 hindsight. I'm hoping when the book is relaunched in Septemb I'm in love with Jaime. I'm sorry to see that it took the series so long to become delightful and for the books to get really good artists, but by then it was relegated to some ghetto corner of the comic shop. I still blame the initial story arc and the constantly changing artists for the misdirection of the book. If this book had started with this writer it would have had a bigger following. I know I would have kept with it. But 20/20 hindsight. I'm hoping when the book is relaunched in September to be there, and I'm hoping it will be this spectacular. Really good superheroic book, not mired with continuity or pretty much all the crap happening in the mainstream DCU. A good solid comic.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Joseph

    Borrowed from Debi I love how much this series does right. Crossovers that keep the focus on the main character. A main character who is flawed, but not stupid. Side characters who contribute, rather than acting as dumb comic relief or damsels-in-distress. I was less than enthralled with the first volume, but Blue Beetle has turned out to be both smart and truly engaging.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Jeremiah

    This run of Blue Beetle never fails to amuse me! The back and forth between "Team Blue" is awesome and it was great seeing how the Teen Titans fit into it. Also, loving how Jaime puts all this responsibility onto his own shoulders. He's definitely hard on himself. Not sure if he's ever read a Spider-Man comic ;-) but to him, great responsibility DEFINITELY comes along with great power.! This run of Blue Beetle never fails to amuse me! The back and forth between "Team Blue" is awesome and it was great seeing how the Teen Titans fit into it. Also, loving how Jaime puts all this responsibility onto his own shoulders. He's definitely hard on himself. Not sure if he's ever read a Spider-Man comic ;-) but to him, great responsibility DEFINITELY comes along with great power.!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Fizzgig76

    Reprints Blue Beetle #13-19. Blue Beetle is faced with the Reach and learns that the Reach might not be on Earth to help. Blue Beetle is about fifty-fifty. The issues sometimes work and other times seem disjoined (like the Teen Titan issue that felt like 1992 with a Lobo appearance). The character and the supporting cast are developing but it could be better.

  13. 5 out of 5

    K.

    I am loving Jaime’s gradual transition from good kid to actual superhero. I mean, honestly, his deepest darkest fantasy is to become a dentist so that he can make money to help his family and allow his little sister to go to college! Makes me afraid to read his New 52 version. I hope they don’t ruin him too.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Koen

    nope, sorry, this didn't do it for me... at all... Really had difficulty finishing this one.. Even after 19 episodes now, I can't get used to this drawing style, it's too childish for me.. The stories aren't that spectacular either.. Well.. I am curious about the Reach though.. Want to learn more about them, so I guess I have to keep reading ;) nope, sorry, this didn't do it for me... at all... Really had difficulty finishing this one.. Even after 19 episodes now, I can't get used to this drawing style, it's too childish for me.. The stories aren't that spectacular either.. Well.. I am curious about the Reach though.. Want to learn more about them, so I guess I have to keep reading ;)

  15. 5 out of 5

    Katie

    I am loving Jaime���s gradual transition from good kid to actual superhero. I mean, honestly, his deepest darkest fantasy is to become a dentist so that he can make money to help his family and allow his little sister to go to college! Makes me afraid to read his New 52 version. I hope they don���t ruin him too.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Jin

    "This is really entertaining! My third Blue Beetle book and counting. Jaime Reyes' battle against the Reach is on and he's been winning each with tutorials from Guy Gardner, Superman and Teen Titans. It's never boring with Blue Beetle under Rogers and Albuquerque." "This is really entertaining! My third Blue Beetle book and counting. Jaime Reyes' battle against the Reach is on and he's been winning each with tutorials from Guy Gardner, Superman and Teen Titans. It's never boring with Blue Beetle under Rogers and Albuquerque."

  17. 5 out of 5

    Amanda [Novel Addiction]

    Better than the last one, and I'm really getting into the Blue Beetle story line. Of course, that happens right when I finish reading the last volume the library owns, I guess it's time to start searching elsewhere! Better than the last one, and I'm really getting into the Blue Beetle story line. Of course, that happens right when I finish reading the last volume the library owns, I guess it's time to start searching elsewhere!

  18. 5 out of 5

    sixthreezy

    Blue Beetle is now welcome to come to the Titan Tower. Wonder where that'll take Jaime... Love this character and his family dynamic. Blue Beetle is now welcome to come to the Titan Tower. Wonder where that'll take Jaime... Love this character and his family dynamic.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Brian

    Blue Beetle gets to team up with the Teen Titans in this book as well as chat with Superman. Also Traci-13 shows up and that's always awesome. Don't have much else to add. Blue Beetle gets to team up with the Teen Titans in this book as well as chat with Superman. Also Traci-13 shows up and that's always awesome. Don't have much else to add.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Fraser Sherman

    A good follow-up as Jaime learns the origins of his mystic scarab and that he may be either the dupe or the one adversary to the aliens who created him, the Reach.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Drew Perron

    Six (mostly-)standalone stories that are, taken together and separately, the essence of Fun Comics. HIGHLY recommended.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Phoenix

    Great story, funny and engaging.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Nicko T

    can i get this book

  24. 5 out of 5

    Rob

    ... and yet, I still can't turn away. ... and yet, I still can't turn away.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Shannon Appelcline

    There's some very nice characterization and character development in these stories (particularly in the last issue), but the episodic one-offness of them also leaves them pretty forgettable. There's some very nice characterization and character development in these stories (particularly in the last issue), but the episodic one-offness of them also leaves them pretty forgettable.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Dawn

    Silly good fun.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Jenni

  28. 4 out of 5

    Shane Turner

  29. 4 out of 5

    VonDread

  30. 5 out of 5

    Michaela

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