Thursday, June 12, 2014

#023 in which Danny-boy sure has a lot of socks

This second epic-length 31 pager from Blue Beetle #3 deals with "the mastermind of crime", another racketeering honcho--only this time he's masked to conceal his true identity. This one has the staple of the series, explosions (and a LOT of them!), thug-fights, the bounty on the Beetle etc. However  we get some new stuff as well. We learn the name of his city (York City), we see his new beetle car in action with it's super strength steel, Beetle uses a gun for a lot of this story and uses it often, even shooting a few thugs. We even see him strap some poor bad guy into an electric chair and threaten to juice him!

There's an enormous amount of carnage and death in this one, and a lot comnes from the Beetle's own hands!

There's a neat little twist at the end that Garret uses to help conceal his alter ego as the Beetle, as well.

Artwork for the first time is credited to someone other than Charles Nicholas in the splash. Although the credit is given to a "Walter Swift", it is in fact by Pierce Rice.

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