I love it when a plan comes together.Â Wait, there’s a plan?
One of the great things about the Blue Beetle series is how the writers who have taken on the challenge of this series are able to bring the collected group of heroes together to fight a common enemy.Â While the big bad doesnâ€™t get his comeuppance in this issue, itâ€™s good to see everyone come out of the woodwork to give aid to our favorite beetle in blue.
The big buildup of illegal immigration in El Paso, TX has reached a boiling point, and has prompted the Hispanic community to come together in a big rally to show the city how important they are.Â To make things difficult, numerous death threats and red neck protests have made policing the event much more than our hero can deal with himself, so he calls in his comrades the Teen Titans, and gets help from Peacemaker at the same time.
When a portion of the border wall gets blown up, and the magnetic men attack the rally, the forces are divided momentarily.Â Robin and Peacemaker take on the semi-trucks filled with drugs trying to cross the border, while Blue and the rest of the Teen Titans figure out an ingenious method for depowering the villains at the rally.Â Wonder Girl, Magic Lasso, and lots of twirling – the makings of a fanboy fantasy, or method of beating the bad guys?
Matthew Sturges is the master of zingers and one-lines and this issue that really shows what he can do when given the chance to run wild in a big battle sequence.
â€œName one hero whoâ€™s an attention-seeking Bozoâ€
â€œBooster Gold, Guy Gardner.â€
“Never take your eyes off the Paco!”
“Diablo Rojo would make a sweet codename!”
“Nah, it makes you sound like an energy drink.”
“Two words: Armored Codpiece.”
“Would you like to know what the properties of monopoles are, Blue Beetle?”
“Yes, but only because I’m naturally curious about science.”
I loved the exchange between Brenda and Paco while they are being held at gun point by Mariposa.Â When the captor becomes the prisoner, the quick action by Paco and Brenda solidify their places as the best parts of the supporting cast.Â Itâ€™s just too bad Paco doesnâ€™t know Brenda has a secret thing for Jaime.Â And itâ€™s too bad there are only three issues left to try and get this relationship worked out.Â Â Since Blue Beetle is going to be making more appearances in Teen Titans, my guess is the supporting cast will be put into some kind of stasis until someone figures out how to use them again.
Unfortunately, the magnet men attack, and the drug convey crossing the border are only diversions to the bigger plan Doctor Polaris is cooking up.Â When Mariposa spills the beans, Beetle arrives just as Doctor Polaris unveils his big monopole plan – and promptly kills Blue Beetle.
Or so we are led to believe.Â With three issues left, and the promise Blue Beetle will continue in the DCU, itâ€™s hard to believe the scarab thinks its host has died.Â Look for a â€œsurpriseâ€ comeback next issue, as the two battle it out hero/villain style.
Iâ€™ve enjoyed Sturges run on the series, but there have been a few times when Iâ€™ve questioned what he was doing, or the direction he was taking the story.Â This issue removes all those doubts and reminds me why I love this book so much.
The icing on the cake is Rafael Albuquerque on art.Â There hasnâ€™t been an issue heâ€™s worked on where the art suffers.Â This issue is also top notch.
Iâ€™m going to stop bemoaning the fact that the series is ending.Â DC has its reasons, and Iâ€™m going to have to live with it.Â Unless sales suddenly turn around in these last three months and skyrocket past 20,000 a month, thereâ€™s no chance weâ€™ll see Blue Beetle return Manhunter style.Â Â And thatâ€™s too bad, too, as issue #33 has Sturges hitting his stride.Â Blue Beetle #33 is the best Sturges issue to date, and receives 5 out of 5 Stars.