Over at livejournal community scans_daily, Wonderfish explains the awesomeness of Jaime Reyes.
(Warning, since it is Scans_Daily, one can assume that there will be many many spoilers and it is not particularly designed for people on dial-up connections)
I’m a mathematician and a liberal arts student to boot, so we’re going to do this proof-style, with examples.Claim: Jaime Reyes, the third Blue Beetle, is wicked awesome.
Fact: I’m just going to get this out of the way first – Ted did not die so that Jaime could be the Blue Beetle. Don’t believe me? Check out this word from the writer himself. Long story short: DiDio said to Keith Giffen “We’re killing Ted Kord. You want to do anything with the scarab, or should there just be no more Blue Beetle?”. It’s never been about Jaime or Ted; it’s Jaime or nothing.
Fact: The kid fought Guy Gardner on his first day as a superhero. That’s pretty awesome.
At his livejournal, Jarodrussell elaborates why he has no interest in Jaime Reyes.
This isn’t to say, “OMGWTFBBQ they made someone teh Blue Beetle!” Maybe Jaime’s a good Blue Beetle. Maybe he’s the best there will ever be. I don’t really care about Blue Beetle. It was the industrialist, inventor, goof-ball Ted Kord that I liked. I bought the entire run of old the 1980′s Blue Beetle series and issue #5 of the old Charlton book, not because he was Blue Beetle, but because he was Ted Kord. Jaime Reyes isn’t an industrial, inventor goof-ball, ergo he’s not interesting to me, ergo I’m not going to spend the time, effort, and money getting his book.
Both posts have particularly interesting discussions in the replies.