Blue Beetle comes to an end with issue 18. DC is clearly committed to this character, but just can’t seem to make the book work.
I admit, I have not cared hugely for Christopher Sebela’s run, although this final issue is better than the ones that came before. Jaime Reyes winds up having to work with Ted Kord to prevent an AI from killing them. The poor thing views its upgrade as being killed, and is fighting for it’s life.
That makes for some fun action, and plenty of opportunity to contrast Jaime and Ted. Indeed, had the last few issues been more like this, I would have quite enjoyed Sebela’s run.
I also appreciated the scenes between Jaime and his new girlfriend, a woman able to see through the usual lame excuses, and who knew pretty much off the bat that Jaime was Blue Beetle. While she hadn’t been used particularly well yet, this story showed some strong potential for the character.
From start to end, the best element of this run has been Scott Kolins’ art. When, inevitably, DC brings back Blue Beetle again they will be hard pressed to find someone who handles both the human sequences and Blue Beetle’s costume with such skill.
I can’t say that I am either surprised or dismayed at Blue Beetle’s cancellation. But I will miss Kolins art.