Jaime Reyes has a lot to juggle. Whether it’s his finals for senior year or a new villain tearing up El Paso, Jaime is always torn between two worlds. But when his worlds come crashing together at his high school graduation, nothing will ever be the same. A message from the Reach bombards Jaime’s scarab, Khaji Da, and it starts throwing off his connection to the device. And as if that wasn’t enough, Jaime’s parents and friends are pressuring him about his next steps in life. But what’s hidden here on Earth that’s drawing the Reach back? And where did this new Fadeaway Man come from? Can Jaime find balance in his life and rise to become a true hero, or is it curtains for Blue Beetle?
ComicBook.comBlue Beetle: Graduation Day embodies its title in more ways than one, tackling the word in a literal sense as well as its role in a hero's journey, along with all the chaos and aspirations that this major crossroads can bring. Writer Josh Trujillo brings a lovely lighthearted and relatable tone to Jaime's story, while artist Adrian Gutierrez, colorist Will Quintana, and letterer Lucas Gattoni bring it to life with eye-popping colors, vivid expressions, and electric action, all wrapped in a bow of genuine Latin culture and charm. If you're looking for a series that brilliantly encapsulates the hero at its core, look no further than Blue Beetle: Graduation Day #1.
Get Your Comic OnIf you like Miles Morales then you’ll most definitely be a fan of this series, the light hearted feel really makes the reading experience enjoyable and one not to be missed.
First Comics NewsAfter the lukewarm relaunches Jamie received during The New 52 and Rebirth eras, it’s about time Blue Beetle got a series that give him his flowers and charts on a new adventure that’s destined to change his life for the better so take a bow, misters Trujillo and Gutierrez. Oh yeah, Superman eating an Elote!- How cool is that?!
AIPTBlue Beetle: Graduation Day #1 is the perfect jumping-on point for fans who've been anxiously awaiting Jaime Reyes' new adventure.
The Super Powered FancastThe Story: A fun, inventive and entertaining story filled with interesting moments and a premise that caught my attention from the start. There is great dialogue throughout the issue and the internal conflict within Jaime is engaging. I like the hints at a bigger mystery unfolding and am interested in seeing where the story goes from here. The Art: Gutierrez delivers some beautiful art in the issue. I love the art style and how it captures both the characters and the action.
The Comicbook DispatchSo, should I get it? Well, Blue Beetle: Graduation Day #1 seems like a perfect jumping-on point for new fans interested in diving into the character. Long-time Blue Beetle fans will still find a little something to wet their whistle, however, its more of the overarching concepts and possibilities that will drive these long-time fans to continue. Moreover, Blue Beetle: Graduation Day #1 is also offered entirely in Spanish which is absolutely fantastic! So, I highly recommend giving it a try, especially if youre a Blue Beetle fan or more on the younger side. Otherwise, this is probably a rock-hard pass.
Geek DadThis is a multi-lingual comic—with both several segments in Spanish, and a brief segment in untranslated Reach, so have a translator on hand for the former if you don’t speak it. It’s a promising start, but it feels like Jaime is moving backwards in some ways so far.
Lyles Movie FilesGraduation Day Special kicks off a return to prominence for Jaime, which hopefully won’t be the last time. This debut has a solid start that should be maintained throughout by this creative team.
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Weird Science DC ComicsBlue Beetle: Graduation Day #1 starts out with some fun energy, but for some reason, Josh Trujillo dials that back while also handcuffing his young hero. I thought it was a very odd misstep that hopefully get fixed next issue, but for now, this issue was a bit of a disappointment.