Written by Matthew Sturges
Art by Rafael Albuquerque
Matthew Sturges finally steps in as the new ongoing writer for Blue Beetle with this issue. While not a must read issue, it has potential, but a few things are holding it back in my eyes.
First, Sturges has shifted focus to border crossings and other stereotypical racial cliches that the book has managed to avoid until now. It's not outright bad or anythign I'd call offensive, but it just seems out of place and forced.
There are also some character issues. I couldn't put my finger on it, but some scenes with Jaime, Paco, Peacemaker, etc just felt off, almost like he the relationships or jokes were a tad forced.
Despite these small issues with his debut, Sturges does a great job here and I think Blue Beetle will continue to be one of DC's better books under his tenure. While some of the light hearted dialogue and comedy felt forced, it was mostly classic Blue Beetle with scenes like Jaime's family commenting on how he sucks with public speaking on television when they see him being interviewed by reporters or the Paco / Brenda relationship post-kiss a few issues back.
Verdict - Check It. All-in-all, a good start to Sturges run, but nothing that screams go out and buy this issue. Blue Beetle fans should be happy for the return to stability of a permanent writer and I'm looking forward to reading more from him.