Written by Tony Bedard, Art by Ig Guara and Ruy Jose, Cover by Tyler Kirkham and Sal Regla
Solicitation Info (from Previews): It’s not easy being Jaime Reyes. He has to deal with high school, family and all the drama that comes with being a teenager. Also, he’s linked to a powerful scarab created by an alien race known as the Reach who seek to subjugate planets – or annihilate them. It’s up to one teen hero to turn this instrument of destruction into a force for good.
Bias: I like the concept more than the execution of the previous series, so maybe a fresh perspective on it will be just what the doctor ordered, though I would’ve preferred to see Booster Gold in the book…
What I liked: I was happy to see that, while this was relaunching with the origin, they didn’t hold back on the “big reveal” from the previous series. We know right off the bat what the origin of the scarab is. The mix of a local setting with a cosmic scenario is an interesting dynamic, though in future issues, I’m going to be looking forward more to the cosmic level stuff than the local flavor, and I’m honestly not sure what the breakdown of each will be.
What I disliked: The thing that turned me off from the original series is what I disliked this time around as well: the local setting. I just can’t bring myself to care about the supporting characters. As I said, I’m hoping to see more cosmic storylines than local ones…
Verdict: I’m going to give it a second issue – to see how much is local versus cosmic.
As always, SPOILERS in comments, including my favorite scene, thoughts on what happened, and questions about what’s to come.