Wednesday, March 29, 2006

BB #1

Wow, the reviews are coming in for BB #1 and they kind of ... don't suck. They're actually all pretty good. Considering the fire-hose of hate I was expecting, I am pleasantly surprised.

Anyone with questions about issue one or the series, toss them in comments here. I'll do a no-spoiler answer post a little later.

But in the meantime:

-- Jaime, despite his love of Project Runway, is not gay.
-- The book may well be One Year Later. Or not. Keep reading and see.
-- To answer some e-mails: yeah, Guy was driven nuts by the reaction the Ring was having to the Scarab. Why does the Scarab do that? Again, stay tuned.
-- The Swedes ARE filthy spawn campers.

EDIT: Oh, and the last Zombie Tales drops today, too. Mmm, mmm fleshy goodness.

36 comments:

Rasselas said...

Nobody likes a camper.

Seamus Gentz said...

I'd say most people are mature enough to not their distaste over Ted Kord getting his brains blown out prejudice them against this series. It's not like there's much connection between the two characters, other than a name and color scheme. If anything, Jamie is another version of Darkhawk. You know how all those ordinary high school kids who find mysterious magic amulets that turn them into armored blue superheroes blend together.

Sorry, I couldn't resist a bit of snarkiness. It's not as though Darkhawk didn't borrow heavily from Spider-Man.

All in all, I enjoyed it. The art works better than I expected now that I've seen it (morphing battle armor!), and I applaud Hamner for actually doing something new.

The plotting and dialogue were also good enough to make me come back next month. The characters are likable, and it's always nice to see a hero with an actual family life. It's a good foundation, and now I want to see what's going to be done with it. Mind, a series that consists of nothing but Jamie fighting Green Lanterns would be entertaining enough. I buy two copies of every book in which something horrible happens to Hal Jordan *hint hint*.

Oh, and Brenda gets bonus points for channeling Dustin Hoffman from Midnight Cowboy. "Taste my hate" sounds utterly wrong, though.

Kevin Sole said...

Eagerly awaiting my copy in the mail.

Erik said...
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Erik said...

The BSS Signal.

What is up with the red skies stuff and lack of Superman in BB #1?

I'll understand if you say it has to do with how Infinite Crisis ends.

Jeffrey said...

I really enjoyed it. Great characters, good dialogue, intriguing mystery, nice art... s'all good. I'm disappointed that Cully Hamner will be needing fill-ins so soon, but I guess delays would only hurt a new series. Only thing that bugged me was the spoiler regarding Brother Eye's eventual fate... of course, the OMAC Special got pushed to next week, so that can't be helped.

Rogers said...

Who the hell is Darkhawk?

There are times I thank the small gods I didn't get into comics seriously until college.

Hamner does indeed rock. The family will be a big part of the series -- I'm just very sick of the weird superhero orphan vibe of most young heroes, or the idea that everybody;s a legacy. when's the last time we actually just pulled an average shmoe into this world?

I'll answer the Supes thing and no red skies in the upcoming post. Nothing big, more an editorial thing than anything else.

Dan Coyle said...

Overall? I liked it quite a bit, particularly the family scenes intercut with the superhero action. Hamner's art is beautiful.

The trouble with books like Darkhawk and Sleepwalker and other teen heroes of the early 90s were that they just seemed cut/cloned from Peter Parker, with no personalities of their own. Jamie, on the other hand, has a robust personal life with a good supporting cast (that is, if they're sticking around...)

I had sworn off DC because all this IC shit is getting under my skin, but I'll stick with this for at least a few more issues.

Seamus Gentz said...

A Marvel character who had his own series for about five years in the 90s, then faded into utter obscurity. It was one of the better parts of the 90s, which really isn't saying much.

I'm glad to hear the family will be important. I've always enjoyed good parent-child relationships, simply because they're so bizarrely rare.

Redjack said...

All I can say is, "Ted Kord is worm food. Long live the Beetle."

RogerRmjet said...

Good review on AICN:
http://www.aintitcool.com/display.cgi?id=22885
Congrats!

Shinji-kun said...

v. smart and witty dialogue throughout and the art was tight :)
kudos and keep up the good work to all involved i think would be the thing to say :)

Shawn said...

Congratulations "hot screenwriter John Rogers (Catwoman)" on the release of issue #1.

Matthew Woodside said...

If you want to read some Darkhawk issues, I have all fifty or so of them in a box under my bed. You can borrow them if you would like.

I'll even trade them to you for a copy of Blue Beetle #1 (my local store actually ran out on Wednesday, which never happens, teaching me a valuable lesson about the importance of updating my pull list)...

Todd said...

Dear Mr. Rogers:

I was pleasantly surprised to pick up Blue Beetle #1 today and discover that, to my delight, Jaime is not Ted Kord, nor a facsimile of him, nor is he going to be Ted Kord in any way shape or form, except for being the Blue Beetle, and even then nothing seems like it used to be. No "bwahahaha" here. Literally. Jaime's breakdown into hysterics might have required a whole lot of emotional weight from all those years of JL, JLI, and JLE, but it was no less powerful.

It may seem silly, but I was honestly worried about Dick Grayson/Jason Todd situation happening, and I for one don't see any reason to worry about that any longer. Jaime was clearly and smashingly defined as his own character, and any expectations I may have wanted to thunk on his overworked shoulders are gone, replaced by that age-old burning desire for "what're they gonna do NEXT?"

Which I like.

I am very, very pleased that Jaime has a family, and sincerely hope that they are not doomed, because I like them.

I also was pleased at how well you and Giffen hinted at, but didn't overpower the reader with, all the darkness that you've mentioned in previous interviews would play a part in the storyline as it unfolds.

Also, the lady with no eyes was creepy.

So yes, Mr. Rogers, fantastic job. I don't know if it has anything to do with this being a #1 issue, instead of a continuation of a previous series, or what, but so far this has been the most emotionally satisfying One Year Later title, and I

seriously

cannot

wait

to see

what happens

NEXT.

Guh. Guh, sir.

-Todd Zehner

Wrye said...

Reading BB 1, All star Superman 3, and a preview of the new Buckaroo Banzai back to back made for a great trifecta. Fun, fun stuff.

Rogers said...

Dammit, I need to get that Buckaroo Banzai preview.

Wrye said...

Only 50 cents!

Come to think of it, I for one would not consider it bragging if you linked to any interesting reviews of BB you come across...

jay in oregon said...

new Buckaroo Banzai

*spit take* *quick Google search*

OK, it's a comic book. For a minute I thought there was headway on the TV project, or *hopehope* a new movie.

Still, something to look for when I pick up my comics this week.

Tom Galloway said...

When's the last time an average schmoe got dragged into the superhero world? Offhand, around a year and a half ago when the new Firestorm debuted. Random guy gets hit by energy from the Firestorm matrix, has to figure out what's going on, interact with established heroes, etc. with no previous connection to the super-establishment.

Any plans to cover why the scarab never did anything like this to Ted? I'm assuming the bit in Ted's old series where the scarab was revealed to be a (hostile) alien lifeform/parasite have been retconned out, particularly since the scarab was destroyed at the end of the story and certainly no longer in Ted's possession.

jay in oregon said...

Wow, there's a name I haven't seen since my rec.arts.comics.misc days in college.

Not that Tom would recognize me, as I lurked more than posted (although I tried a short run of reviews).

Dwight Williams said...

"Firestorm-Which incarnation number are we on now?"(Jason and whomever) and Beetle III(Jaime), as a friendship to match the legendary friendships of ages past and present?

Tom, you just kickstarted someone's brain here. Maybe several someones.

Back to my own project's pages...

Bill Cunningham said...

Read first issue.
Loved same.
More please.
Now.
Not kidding.

John Donald Carlucci said...

I enjoyed it quite a bit John and I'm looking forward to future issues. The family stuff was very nice and I liked Jaime a great deal. His interactions with his friend and Guy were nice.

Keep him as his own person and you'll keep me reading.

Ted was a great character and I'll miss him. Jaime is an enigma character that will keep me reading.

I am wondering how you will continue to develope interesting and dramatic hero situations in El Paso. I am hoping you won't be setting up the BB mythology as insect totems (the eye girl feels black widowish) since JMS has run that into the ground with Spider-Man.

My only complaint is that Cully does not differentiate between the present scens and the flashbacks.

JDC

Rogers said...


My only complaint is that Cully does not differentiate between the present scens and the flashbacks.


Not Cully's fault on that, we though tthe page background changes would synch those up. All in all though, I don;t think it;s too hard to follow. Just makes the book a litte more lean forward than lean back.

Shawn said...

BTW, my comment above comes straight from the DC website "hot screenwriter John Rogers (Catwoman)" for their issue description of BB#1.

I just thought it was funny, but I realize they put that cause Catwoman is DC. But it's still funny.

Rogers said...

You know, I told them -- I will fucking crowbar somebody the nexttime that movie is used for my credit.

"but it's DC"

"But it sucked. It is a net loss to remind people of that movie."

It should be changed by today -- or there will be Gordon freeman-like skull bashing at DC.

Ross Richie said...

Congrats, John! Now everyone knows. It's so cool to see this project come out, knowing how long you've been working your ass off on it.

What's even more fun for the Kung Fu Monkeys playing along at home -- the John Rogers-isms mixed in with the Keith Giffen-isms.

Terrific watching this mash-up of two of my favorite writers, as it creates something neither would ever do solo.

Best,
-R

BenDavid said...

Great book. About 95% of the dialogue was really fantastic. Dug the non-linear structure.

The art is also every bit as good as the writing.

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Riyan Cilacap said...

Thank You Verry Much, Ijin nitip gan dan trimaksih atas infonya

Obat Sakit Kelamin De Nature
Pengobatan Kutil Kelamin
Cara Mengobati Kutil Kelamin
Kutil Kelamin
Obat Kutil Kelamin
Obat Condyloma
Obat Jengger Ayam
Obat Sipilis
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Obat Chlamydia
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