Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Jaime Reyes

Blue Beetle (Jaime Reyes) is a fictional character who appears in several comic books published by DC Comics. The character first appears in Infinite Crisis #3 (Feb. 2006), and was created by writers Keith Giffen and John Rogers, along with artist Cully Hamner.

In Infinite Crisis #5 (March 2006), Jaime Reyes became the third incarnation of the superhero Blue Beetle. His own monthly series debuted a month later, with Blue Beetle (vol. 8) #1 (May 2006) and was initially written by Keith Giffen and John Rogers, with artist Cully Hamner. Giffen left in issue #10 and Rogers took over full writing duties, joined by a new artist, Rafael Albuquerque. Rogers had to leave the title in issue #25 in order to concentrate on his television series Leverage.

After a couple of fill-in issues, Matt Sturges became the main writer in issue #29 but the series was canceled with the last issue scheduled to be #36 in February 2009. Editor Dan DiDio put the cancellation down to poor sales and said that Blue Beetle was "a book that we started with very high expectations, but it lost its audience along the way."

On March 12, 2009, DiDio announced that the character would be brought back to print in June 2009 as a "co-feature" of the more popular Booster Gold comic. Whether the creative team would remain intact or be replaced was unclear but DiDio indicated that the stories would pick up on dangling plot threads from the recently canceled series.

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