Written by Matthew Sturges
Art by Rafael Albuquerque
+ Good grasp of the characters. Dialogue and interactions between each of the numerous supporting characters is fluid and make the new writer transition seem flawless.
+ Paco's family.
+ PACO'S FAMILY! Seriously, this was their first appearance in the series, to my knowledge, and it was awesome. It'll be in the Moments of the Week, so stay tuned.
+ The "Batman" segment at the start where Jaime tries to imitate Batman's sneaking up on Gordan routine with La Dama.
+ Deena's jealousy of the alien immigrant that's currently living with Paco.
- The main plot is, well, boring. I have no reason to care about these four super powered border crossers and the whole thing feels like a corny stereotype for the area - something I've never had reason to accuse this series of before.
- The fight with the four 'villain's' seemed forced for the sake of having some action and served no real story purpose that I could see.
- I really dislike the new scarab text that has shown up since Rogers left the title. It just feels wrong reading it.
Verdict - Check It. Kind of similar to how I felt about the recent Nightwing main story, Sturges first arc on Blue Beetle brings the goods for characterization and hits a lot of the right Blue Beetle notes, but the actual plot is a real stinker and counters just about all the positives he's brought to the book.