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Blue Beetle: Graduation Day #6 (of 6)

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Comicscore Index
Generally favorable ratings

Based on 5 critic ratings.

It’s all come to this as Jaime faces down the encroaching alien armada! But is he really ready for what comes next? And what does this mean for the future of Blue Beetle?

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Format
Kindle Edition
Print Lenght
27 pages
Language
English
Price
$3.99
Amazon ASIN
B0BZJJSNPC

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5 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 100

    ComicBook.com

    Blue Beetle: Graduation Day lives up to its name with a captivating finale that sets the stage for many more stories to come. Graduation Day feels like Jaime’s true next step as a hero, and the discovery of meaningful purpose moves the person beneath the mask forward as well. Writer Josh Trujillo expertly utilizes Superman to magnify throughout the issue, and his continued faith in Jaime parallels Jaime’s own inner confidence in not just abilities but his judgement. Artist Adrian Gutierrez, colorist Will Quintana, and letterer Lucas Gattoni’s work is stunning from beginning to end, and it would seem this team was born to work on a Blue Beetle series. The artwork crackles with energy and the colors pop off the page, and the expressive lettering makes every word hit with impact. The work on Beetle alone is laudable, but Superman, Starfire, Green Lantern, Dynastes, and Nitida are all just as impressive. A new status quo feels like it brings things full circle and yet opens up new horizons for all involved, and I cannot wait to jump right back into this truly mesmerizing world.

  • 100

    Get Your Comic On

    In this finale issue the Beetles are faced with the impending Reach invasion of Earth, with Superman and Batman willing to take the back seat on this one and let Jaime / Blue Beetle reach his true hero potential. There is only one big issue communication between the carriers and the scarabs have been scrambled and an important message is trying to get through, Jaime must somehow reconnect with his scarab before it’s too late and the Reach manage to arrive on Earth. This has the potential to shake up the universe as we know it, however this story isn’t finished yet with a rather interesting twist at the end (no spoilers).

    I’ve really enjoyed this series and felt throughout that this was a great way to bring back a well know hero but with a modern twist, kind of like Miles Morales and Spiderman. Josh Trujillo is a talented writer and this has shown through this series as the story organically grew to it’s climax building each character and giving each one enough page space to balance the story. The story is light hearted but definitely packs a punch and would love to see more.

    The illustrations from Adrian Gutierrez have been mesmerising, bold and bright artwork highlight the fun feeling that runs through the veins of this story, each panel was a pleasure to look and and an enjoyment to read.

    Great series from start to finish, a creative team that combined to produce top level comic work. A fun redo of a well loved character and I hope for more.

  • 94

    Comic Watch

    Blue Beetle Graduation Day is a series that feels like it matters. Characters in superhero comics are almost trapped in amber–their evolution is slow and limited. But by the end of Blue Beetle Graduation Day #6, there is the sense that the creative team has delivered a story that will stay important for Jaime’s development going forward–the point at which he grew up. Or, in this case, graduated.

  • 85

    Geek Dad

    The conclusion of this miniseries follows in the footsteps of the rest of the series—it’s a lot of fun and continues the satisfying expansion of the world of the Reach. My biggest complaint with this series is that it’s mostly put the classic supporting cast on the back burner—with Jaime’s parents and sister only appearing in the first issue and Paco and Brenda being missing for much of it. Instead, the focus has heavily fallen on Ted Kord and his sister Victoria, as Jaime’s internship turns into a pitched battle against an army of new Beetles working for a mysterious group known as the Horizon. These alien invaders have been coming for Earth, and are sworn enemies of the Reach—or so it seems. The last few issues have shown more nuance to the situation, and now Jaime is willing to risk everything to prevent their spaceship from crashing out of the sky on Palmera City.

    That this entire series seems to have been an elaborate build-up to an analogy for immigration and refugees isn’t a big surprise, given the writer’s passion for advocacy. The manner in which it’s delivered is a little clumsy, but the sentiment is good. It’s also nice to see Superman, whose roots are in immigration himself, be the first hero after Jaime to stand up for the concept of alien refugees on Earth. If the story has one major flaw, it’s that it doesn’t seem to end so much as stop, leaving a lot of questions unanswered for Jaime. This would be a big problem for a final issue—but it doesn’t actually seem to be a final issue! The epilogue reveals the name of the next miniseries in this series, which is a pleasant surprise. This book came out of the Round Robin tournament, and while it didn’t win it showed some real passion for the character. This mini wasn’t perfect, but it was a good start for Jaime Reyes’ future.

  • 50

    AIPT

    Graduation’s over, and it’s time for Jaime Reyes to really embrace the reality of being an adult. Yet, more than anything, with the last issue of Blue Beetle: Graduation Day, there’s one thing that the comic wants to make sure every reader knows: A Blue Beetle movie is coming out. Josh Trujillo, Adrian Gutierrez, and Wil Quintana have brought the Blue Beetle: Graduation Day story to an end. Unfortunately, everything this story’s been leading to isn’t exactly what you might hope for.

    (…)

    The biggest surprise of Blue Beetle: Graduation Day #6 comes in the final panel with the announcement that this run isn’t yet over. In fact, it’s only just begun. Beginning in September, Blue Beetle: Scarab War #1 will continue the story of the Horizon’s arrival!

    It’s a good thing that Blue Beetle: Graduation Day will have more space because it desperately needs it. The arrival of the Horizon is painfully lackluster, and their encounters with Jaime feel particularly empty. While there is a slight conflict, they hardly feel like anything more than nameless aliens with no personality. That would be because that’s exactly what they are.

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