All right, I’m writing up a proper Jaime Reyes masterpost, but for now, ‘cause there are some folks I know would like this, here’s his complete first solo title on Megaupload:
Blue Beetle #01-05
Blue Beetle #06-10
Blue Beetle #11-15
Downloading the shit out of this.
If you want to see the kind of comic DC should be making, read this incarnation of Blue Beetle. It stars Jaime Reyes, a smart, funny, real-seeming Mexican-American teenager from El Paso who finds himself embroiled in a world of superheroes and alien artifacts that have fused to his spine. His ethnicity is a part of his character without being stereotyped or mocked, his family and friends are strong characters who are easy to love, and both of the art and writing on the book are consistently top-notch. I could not be more excited about experiencing this series from the beginning.
I am the last person to disapprove of downloading comics - I have this whole series torrented - but I’d like to encourage anyone reading this who likes the series to please also consider buying the trades, if you are financially and logistically able to do so. The whole series is collected in them, including Jaime’s backup feature in Booster Gold after his own series was canceled, and all except the first one are still in print. (And I bet you can find it easily on eBay and in bookstores.)
I very rarely encourage people to give DC money, but buying the trades is the best way to show DC that you want more comics like this: smart, funny, exciting (if you are not on the edge of your seat by End Game you might actually be dead), with a minority hero who is a fully-realized character, and cute as a bug’s ear to boot. Yeah, you can write DC letters, but the strongest argument is green and has dead presidents on it.
And this way if his current lackluster series bombs DC will know it’s the lousy writing and not the character.
I also rarely encourage people to give Amazon money, so feel free to choose your preferred bookseller instead, but here are the trades, and the issues they collect:
1. Shellshocked (1-6)
2. Road Trip (7-12)
3. Reach for the Stars (13-19)
4. End Game (20-26)
5. Boundaries (29-34)
6. Black and Blue (27-28, 35-36, plus the backup feature in Booster Gold 21-25, 28-29)
Again, I also download comics! I have downloaded these comics specifically! I am not trying to be a scold. But do try to pick up the trades if you’re able to. They’re worth it.