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It's not easy being Jaime Reyes. He has to deal with high school, family and all the drama that comes with being a teenager. Also, he's linked to a powerful scarab created by an alien race known as the Reach who seek to subjugate planets – or annihilate them. It's up to one teen hero to turn this instrument of destruction into a force for good.

An alien world in space sector 2 is under attack by Khaji-Kai, a scarab originating from the Reach, along with its presumably unwilling, native host. Once the scarab's vessel wakes, he is offered the job of subduing more worlds by the Reach Commander Drone Lu-Kreeza. At the same time, another scarab is shown flying through space, barely escaping a Green Lantern. The scarab drops into sub-space and crashes on Earth, next to what appears to be an ancient Mesoamerican pyramid.

In the present time, El Paso, Texas teenager Jaime Reyes is invited, along with high school dropout Paco, to their friend Brenda Del Vecchio's birthday party. It's explained that Brenda's 'Tía Amparo' Cardenas, who hosts the party, will not let her security guards allow anyone in without an official invite. When asked by Jaime, Brenda claims to not know why her aunt is so strict about the security, and she cites her father's sentiment that it's rude to discuss money, especially Amparo's.

Jaime's parents, however, forbid him from attending Brenda's party. The reason they offer is that the 'Casa Cardenas' is a threat to Jaime's safety, and that they'd rather have him hate the two of them rather than allowing him there. Jaime tells them that it looks like they'll get their wish. However, he sneaks out, with Paco driving him to Casa Cardenas. Their trip is cut short when they accidentally get in the middle of a fight between two groups of superhumans, both groups' objective being a backpack containing the 'Blue Beetle'. One of the aforementioned groups had been tasked specifically by Tía Amparo (a.k.a. La Dama) to retrieve the item, which she had apparently worked hard for to get to El Paso. As the backpack gets into the car, and one of the superhumans expresses intent to kill Jaime and Paco, Jaime grabs the bag and tries to run away. Brutale's attempt to kill Jaime by throwing a knife into his spine backfires, as this seems to cause the scarab in the backpack to fuse with Jaime. A blue and black alien armor covers Jaime's body as he exclaims the name of the scarab, "KHAJI-DA".


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Oh... My... :D 0

THIS IS MY FAVORITE OF THE NEW 52 SO FAR AND I DOUBT IT CAN BE PASSED!!!Seriously, Blue Beetle is my favorite superhero and I was not disappointed one bit!The GoodWe start off with a brief history of the Reach and the involvement of the Green Lanterns and seeing the Reach in action was awesome! They were fierce warriors that conquered with ease and this makes me excited about their future with Jaime. We got to see Jaime's life with his friends Brenda and Paco and going through what a lot of skin...

8 out of 8 found this review helpful.

A fun and solid start 0

Blue Beetle was never a character I knew a lot about so in a way I'm the type of reader this new #1 was for. In almost every way this issue was written as an origin story and introduction to the new Blue Beetle. There's a handy prologue which gives us a look at the history of Scarab Khaji-Da and how it arrived on earth, an introduction to Jaime, the key modern day character, and an action sequence that leads to him becoming the Blue Beetle. It all works together fairly well and succeeds conside...

5 out of 5 found this review helpful.

The DCU's Beetleborg! 0

A new Blue Beetle for a new age, this is why this beetle has his own series.  A series that is being used as an accessible point because of the 52.  The Blue Beetle is now a sci-fi series with Tony Bedard writing it in his Green Lantern voice.  The story was entertaining setting up the alien scarab mythos and how a teenage boy would obtain it.  This is a Blue Beetle that feels like a rip-off of the Beetleborgs, but since this books' target market might barely remember Beetleborgs or never saw i...

6 out of 7 found this review helpful.
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