Alias: Jaime Reyes
Joined: Teen Titans [third series] #50 
Blue Beetle Quick Bio: When the mystic scarab of the Blue Beetle fused to the spine of Jaime Reyes, a new Blue Beetle was born! The Texas teen learned the alien artifact could expand to create a super-powered carapace around his body. enabling him to become El Paso’s super-powered protector from threats both criminal and magical.
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Meet The Beetle
When the mystic scarab of the Blue Beetle landed in El Paso, teenager Jaime Reyes found the strange bug-like artifact. That night, the fabled scarab found a new symbiotic host by fusing to Jaime’s spine. Jaime awoke babbling alien languages and hearing unintelligible communications from the scarab. It was trying to tell him that whenever he faced danger, the scarab would expand to create a super-powered carapace around his body.
At first, these changes left the boy frightened. But before fear could cripple him, he was drafted into service alongside earth’s defenders to defeat the omniscient Brother Eye during the Infinite Crisis. That mission fast-tracked Jaime toward his heroic destiny as the newest Blue Beetle.
ABOVE: Jaime Reyes finds the Blue Beetle scarab in INFINITE CRISIS #3 .
BELOW: Jaime transforms into Blue Beetle in INFINITE CRISIS #5 .
Bugging Out: One Year Later
After being hurled back to earth, Jaime learned he had been missing from El Paso for a year’s time, causing great stress for his hard-working parents and younger sister. Soon, Jaime eased back into some semblance of normalcy with support from his family and two best friends, Paco and Brenda. Jaime soon shared his super-powered secret with his family and friends as he became El Paso’s super-powered protector from threats both criminal and magical.
Curious about the scarab’s mysterious origins, Jaime later discovered it was extraterrestrial in nature. Jaime learned more when he met the The Reach, an evil alien race that uses the scarab to enslave planets after lulling them into a false sense of security. Failing to use the armor for destruction, Jaime has unwittingly made himself a dangerous enemy in The Reach.
Blue Beetle joins the team in TEEN TITANS (third series) #50 .
The Reach later tried to prevent the launch of a U.S. satellite by hiring the intergalactic bounty hunter known as Lobo. Blue Beetle teamed up with the Teen Titans in stopping Lobo, earning the respect of Robin in the process. Robin extended Jaime an invitation to hang out at Titans Tower whenever he wanted.
Blue Beetle accepted the invite and found himself battling for his life against the evil Titans of Tomorrow and the Terror Titans. As his on-the-job training continued, Jaime forged a friendship with Kid Devil, who initially didn’t welcome Blue Beetle into the team with open arms. Having proved himself time and again, Robin offered Blue Beetle membership and he accepted.
After a brief tenure on the team, Blue Beetle left to aid former Justice League members in taking down the resurrected Maxwell Lord.
Blue Beetle returned to assit the Teen Titans again when the team was besieged by Superboy-Prime and his army of Superboy clones. Together, Titans past and present defeated the clones and trapped Superboy-Prime within the impenetrable Source Wall at the edge of the universe.
ABOVE: Kid Devil and Blue Beetle put aside their differences in TEEN TITANS (third series) #61 .
BELOW: Blue Beetle officially joins the Teen Titans in TEEN TITANS #61 .
Powers & Abilities
The Beetle armor can reconfigure to create energy cannons, blades and shields, and wings which give Blue Beetle the power of flight. Its artificial intelligent weapons system allows Beetle to lock onto and track any energy source – biological, technical or mystical.
Infinite Crisis #3 : Jaime discovers the mystic Blue Beetle scarab. First appearance of Jaime Reyes.
Infinite Crisis #4 : Booster Gold locates Jaime and discovers the scarab has fused to his spine. Booster believes Jaime’s new powers are the key to defeating the super-powerful construct, Brother Eye.
Infinite Crisis #5 : Booster Gold and Batman help activate the Blue Beetle scarab in Jaime Reyes’ spine, transforming the Texas teen into the newest Blue Beetle. First Jaime Reyes as Blue Beetle.
Infinite Crisis #6 : Blue Beetle is instrumental in defeating the omniscient Brother Eye.
Blue Beetle #1-2 : Blue Beetle battles Guy Gardner in far space as he adjusts to his newly discovered powers. Upon returning to earth, he learns he has been missing for a full year.
Blue Beetle #12-13 : Blue Beetle learns the scarab’s history with the alien race known as the Reach, who have used the mystical artifact to enslave worlds.
Teen Titans (third series) #50 and Blue Beetle #18 : Beetle runs with the Titans! In a crossover with Teen Titans #50, it’s boys and girls against The Main Man — Lobo! First time Blue Beetle meets the Teen Titans.
Teen Titans (third series) #51-54 : The Titans of Tomorrow attack the Titans in the present. Blue Beetle must battle them alone.
Teen Titans #61 (third series) : Kid Devil’s out to prove himself, but that won’t stop the latest object of his contempt (Blue Beetle) from getting in the way! The two mismatched teens team up against Shockwave, and forge a new friendship as “The Blue and the Red”. Following this adventure, Kid Devil dons a new costume and changes his codename to Red Devil. Robin offers Blue Beetle membership and he officially joins the Titans.
Teen Titans (third series) #72-74 : Calculator hires the Fearsome Five to gain revenge on the Teen Titans for endangering his children.
Teen Titans (third series) #99-100 : It’s all-out war as Titans old and new come together to face the greatest threat to their existence. Superboy-Prime gathers his own “Legion of Doom,” comprised of various Titans villains. He then creates an army of Superboy clones to besiege the Titans. Together, Titans past and present defeat the villains and trap Superboy-Prime within the impenetrable Source Wall at the edge of the universe.
A Blue Beetle convention sketch by Cully Hamner.
Keith Giffen on Blue Beetle
SPRINGTIME FOR THE DCU: GIFFEN TALKS “BLUE BEETLE” AND “52”
by Dave Richards, Staff Writer
Posted: March 2, 2006 – courtesy of http://www.comicbookresources.com
A “Crisis” can’t last forever, even if it is an “Infinite” one. In just a few months, “Infinite Crisis” will be over and fans will be introduced to the new DC Universe. One writer that’s helped to define the new DC Universe is Keith Giffen. In the March-debuting “Blue Beetle,” Giffen along with co-writer John Rogers and artist Cully Hamner take readers to El Paso, Texas for the monthly ongoing adventures of the new Blue Beetle. In the year long series “52,” which launches in May, Giffen collaborates with writers Geoff Johns, Greg Rucka, Grant Morrison, and Mark Waid and a host of artists to take readers on an epic year long journey through the new DC Universe. CBR News spoke with Giffen about both projects.
Beginning with “Blue Beetle,” our new hero, Jaime Reyes, is different than many comic book teenagers. “He’s not being bullied. He’s not the outcast. He’s just the archetypical sixteen year old kid,” Giffen told CBR News. “His dad owns his own business. His mom works. He’s got the little sister that drives him crazy. He’s got his circle of friends. He’s no more special than any other kid. That said, though, once he has the Scarab, we’re going to spend some time thanking God it did choose him because everyone’s got little reservoirs of courage, purpose and responsibility and Jaime’s run deep.”
It was just random chance that lead Jaime finding the Scarab and becoming the new Blue Beetle. “It happened just the way it’s spelled out in ‘Infinite Crisis,'” Giffen said. “He found it in a vacant lot, but we’ll find out there’s quite a bit more to it than just finding it. But it’s not like the scarab sought him out.
Cully Hamner’s Blue Beetle designs
“Sometimes the most frightening things in life are random,” Giffen continued. “I’ve always felt the heart of horror is randomness, the fact that sometimes you don’t deserve what you’ve got coming. We will explore the horrific side of super powers in ‘Blue Beetle’ as we go along.”
One of the horrific sides of super powers that Jaime will experience is having to learn what super powers he has on the fly. “I did take a little page out of the old TV show ‘The Greatest American Hero’– the suit arrived without instructions,” Giffen explained. “It’s hard to learn on the fly and it doesn’t help that your teachers are usually people who want to beat the shit out of you or kill you.”
One of those people looking to kill the new Blue Beetle arrives in the first issue and he’s not exactly a villain. “He’s in an awkward place because the first thing he really has to deal with once ‘Infinite Crisis’ is over is the fact that Guy Gardner shows up and wants to kill him,” Giffen stated. “I’m not talking defeat. I’m talking kill!”
The motivation behind Guy’s attack on Jaime will be part of a larger mystery in “Blue Beetle.” “We don’t tell that in the first issue, but it is critical,” Giffen explained. “There are no missed beats in ‘Blue Beetle.’ Everything you’re reading is a part of the puzzle and when there’s a reveal you’ll actually be able to go back and go ‘Oh, wow look at this.’ When we drop our little bombs every so often you will be able to trace it all the way back to the first issue.
“Basically the first issues are getting to know Jaime and his circumstances, understanding what has happened to him, exploring what it means to be Blue Beetle, even if it is reluctantly, and exploring what it means to be a superhero in the DC Universe,” Giffen continued. “Then, just when you feel comfortable, we’ll be kicking your feet out from under you. I think comics should be doing that every so often. Just when you get comfortable, show them that there was a bigger plan.”
As Giffen mentioned, Jaime will find that the circumstances of being Blue Beetle are not always pleasant. “Imagine if you woke up tomorrow morning and had all sorts of super powers and somebody attacked you and tried to kill you and then people are trying to drag you into a superhero fraternity that you didn’t even know existed before,” Giffen said. “Also your life is going to hell and your parents think your odd behavior is because you’re on drugs.”
Cully Hamner’s Blue Beetle designs
Members of the DCU’s superhero fraternity will be dropping by to visit The Blue Beetle, but the series won’t be filled with gratuitous guest stars. “There are certain things that we have to get through because we can’t pretend the rest of the DCU doesn’t exist,” Giffen explained. “We can’t pretend that the Blue Beetle showing up in El Paso is not going to draw certain attention, but that will be woven into the ongoing story. It’s not going to be ‘This issue it’s Superman! This issue it’s Green Lantern! And next issue, Booster Gold again! It’s not going to be like that. They are going to show up as integral parts of the ongoing storyline.”
One of the reasons guest star appearances will mean something in “Blue Beetle” is due to the book’s El Paso, Texas setting– superheroes and villains looking to meet up with the Beetle will have to do a little traveling. “I didn’t want him in a place where the DC Universe is constantly rubbing shoulders with him,” Giffen said. “I did choose El Paso for one other reason. It’s one of the few cities that has a twin across the river. There’s El Paso and Juarez. That appealed to me, the mirror images, and the fact that you can get a lot of symbolic and emotional scenarios with the idea of these twin cities separated by a river.”
The supporting cast of “Blue Beetle” will be made up of some of the many denizens of El Paso, but Giffen doesn’t want to reveal their identities yet. “The supporting cast will grow but I don’t want to spoil it for the readers because it involves the creation of new characters,” Giffen stated. “In the first three issues of ‘Blue Beetle’ alone we have revamped a character that people thought they knew– I’m not talking Blue Beetle here– and already introduced about six new characters. By the time we get to the half year point, people are going to understand that ‘Blue Beetle’ is the book where instead of going, ‘We should bring in Captain Cold’ we would rather put our heads together and go, ‘What’s a cool new villain we can create and toss into the DC communal pot?’ I think it’s important. If ‘Blue Beetle’ is anything, it’s a place you can come to for new characters, new concepts and new circumstances.”
The tone that Giffen and co-writer John Rogers have given “Blue Beetle” may not be what some readers expect. “It’s not Bwah-ha-ha,” Giffen said. “It’s serious as a heart attack. That said, the book has its light moments, but the light moments come from the characters, not circumstance. People lighten tension with humor, there’s a reason for the tension and that’s serious. This is not a ‘Justice League’ book. This is not me bringing in John Rogers and going, ‘You’re Marc DeMatteis, go!’ This is a whole other animal. So, people who are wandering into this thinking they’re going to get a ‘Justice League’ style vibe from ‘Blue Beetle’ are going to be horribly disappointed.”
“Blue Beetle” #1 is part of DC’s “One Year Later” storyline and opens with Jaime Reyes very angry at the superhero community of the DCU over the way he was used and abandoned in “Infinite Crisis.” “Jamie is looking at the superheroes and going, ‘What is the matter with you? I’m a fucking kid! Get your heads out of your asses and at least tell me what’s going on!'” Giffen said. “He’s not thrilled. At the point where we meet him if he bumped into Superman he would go, ‘Don’t even talk to me. Go away.'”
Readers wondering what happened to Jaime during the missing year will get some answers in “Blue Beetle” #2 and Blue Beetle will play a role in “52,” which examines the missing year in detail. However, Giffen was unable to reveal the extent of Beetle’s involvement in the weekly series.
Beetle may be involved in “52,” but he is not one of the core cast members of the book. “On the first issue cover that’s the core group right there,” Giffen said. “Ralph or Elongated Man, Black Adam, Montoya, the Question, Steel, Booster Gold; those are the basic core characters. Other DC characters will be appearing in ’52,’ but the main characters of ’52’ will be appearing in no other DC titles for the year that the series is running. It’s kind of, we have our toys and we’re keeping them but we want some of your toys to.”
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