In Blue Beetle #3, by Keith Giffen and Scott Kolins, Jaime Reyes is one young man facing 150 alien bugs. Fortunately for him, he's a bit of an alien bug himself, thanks to his extraterrestrial Blue Beetle armor. But he's still outmanned, or "outbugged" as the cover puts it, and he's missing the support of his mentor, Ted Kord. It also doesn't help that these vaguely human-shaped space bugs, known as Horde (no article), share a hive mind, which means the attack as one. Despite their number of bodies, this might make them more coordinated than Blue Beetle, considering Jaime and his armor don't always agree on what to do.
I think it's safe to say that Jaime Reyes had a pretty rough go of it in the New 52. Despite being in one of the launch titles of the new universe, Blue Beetle never seemed to click with readers or the viewers that knew him from Batman: The Brave and the Bold. That said, his predecessor, Ted Kord, might have had an even worse time in the previous universe, being unceremoniously shot in the head to kick off the events of Infinite Crisis.
Now, though, both characters are getting another chance. In September, the all-new Blue Beetle: Rebirth #1 hits shelves from Keith Giffen and Scott Kolins, with Jaime and Ted teaming up as the two-man team of mentor and hero that readers got a glimpse of in the DC Rebirth special. Check out a preview!
This week we’ve been looking at some quintessential costume designs decade-by-decade --- so inevitably we're finishing out the week with the 2000s. Today's polls may feature five relatively recent designs, but many of them pay tribute to characters and costumes that came before, from Superman to Martian Manhunter. So do these looks mark the pinnacle of costume design, or contemporary fashion faux pas?
Wednesday's links await, after the cut.
Blue Beetle fans knew a "Blue Beetle" series was coming - they even saw a screen test, still images and a special effects reel footage showcasing Jaime Reyes' transformation from sleeping teen to armored superhero - but now they can see it in full, just as The Reach (or rather, DC Entertainment) intended...