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Blue Beetle #8

Comicscore Index
Generally favorable ratings

Based on 6 critic ratings.

With Jaime back in Palmera City, he’s faced with picking up the pieces from his battle with the Blood Scarab.

Publication Date
Kindle Edition
Print Lenght
25 pages
Amazon ASIN

6 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 100

    But Why Tho?

    Blue Beetle #8 is sensational. While much of the issue is exposition, the storytelling never feels tedious or cumbersome. When it is heavy, it is due to the beautiful art and the emotion that lingers in every word. The departure is heartbreaking, hitting like a freight train. The pacing can take time in the moment, savoring the wonderful characters. But then it can turn on a dime and become a high-velocity, action-driven story.

  • 88

    Nerd Initiative

    Blue Beetle #8 delivers an immersive experience that resonates long after the final page. Through innovative storytelling techniques and breathtaking visuals, this issue offers readers a compelling journey through the trials and tribulations of Jaime Reyes and his allies in Palmera City.

  • 85

    Geek Dad

    Coming on the heels of the death of the Blood Scarab and the growing rift between Jaime and Khaji Da, the focus in this series shifts from the threat of the rogue scarab to the threat of humanity’s reaction – led by Victoria Kord. But Jaime can’t even keep his team together, as Roma has been traumatized by recent events and has chosen to leave the role of Nitida behind for good. How serious is she? She has Victoria surgically remove her beetle, which becomes key to Victoria’s new project—a high-tech defense robot known as Pinnacle. This new venture becomes key when a new villain emerges—a criminal named Overthrow, whose father was defeated by Ted Kord ages ago. As this villain tries to disrupt Kord Industries’ debut, it becomes clear how far Victoria is willing to go to ensure humanity remains in control—and how big the threat to all remaining Scarabs is.

  • 80

    The Comicbook Dispatch

    Blue Beetle #8 is a well-rounded issue that offers a chance to breathe after the previous arc. It delves into the expressive consequences of heroism while also laying the groundwork for future adventures. Trujillo’s script is engaging, and Gutiérrez’s art brings the story to life with style. This issue is a great entry point for new readers interested in the Blue Beetle mythos. Fans who have been following Jaime’s journey will appreciate the character development and the seeds sown for future storylines.

    That said, Blue Beetle #8 is a character-driven story that delves into the psychological impact of superhero battles. Trujillo’s writing is contemplative, and Gutiérrez’s art captures the weight of trauma. While the issue might feel slower at times compared to action-heavy installments, it’s a necessary step in Jaime’s development. This reflective character study is a rewarding read for fans invested in Jaime Reyes’ journey. Overall, this issue is a strong pick for readers who enjoy character development and stories that explore the human cost of heroism. However, those looking for a fast-paced, action-packed adventure might want to wait for the next installment to see how Jaime tackles the new challenges.

  • 80

    The bubbling issues between Victoria Kord and Jaime Reyes have finally boiled over, and things have gotten ugly quick. “Pinnacle of Achievement” chapter one keeps the hits coming, with writer Josh Trujillo shaking up Jaime’s world with important revelations abut his relationship with Khaji while also blowing up several foundational pillars along the way that will affect his purpose moving forward. The variety of changes is also impressive, with some holding bigger emotional consequences and regrets for Jaime while others are simply the purest of threats. Artist Adrian Gutierrez and colorist Will Quintana continue to work magic in this series, shifting in scale and tone with ease, though this issue in particular it’s the internal monologues and pressure point emotional exchanges that really steal the show. Just when you think Blue Beetle is ready to move the heat to a low simmer, it zigs and throws everything into the pan at once, and it’s proven to be a winning mixture once more.

  • 80

    First Comics News

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