Owing more than a little to Bryan Q. Miller‘s Batgirl run which put the younger hero under the tutelage of her retired predecessor, Keith Giffen offers us two Blue Beetles for the price of one. First off, I’m ecstatic to see Ted Kord back in the DCU complete with his Bug (if not his costume or partner in crime Booster Gold). Focused primarily on the adventures of Jaime Reyes as the Blue Beetle, I’m happy to see Ted carving out a new spot for himself in the background.
Scott Kolins certainly has a flair for drawing Reyes’ costume. And I appreciate the nod to Ted’s costume with his Blue Beetle t-shirt (even if I’d rather see him in costume – possibly in flashbacks?).
So far I like the concept of the new series more than the issue’s adventure involving two throwaway villains attacking Reyes for reasons that aren’t completely clear (but tease more trouble for the Beetles in the months to come). I’m also curious about Giffen’s decision to make a huge change to the recent mythology of the Scarab which gives Jaime his powers. It will be interesting to see this unfold. Worth a look.