before about how much I love Ted Kord, so I figured it would be worth taking a look at his successor Jaime Reyes. Jaime is a Mexican-American teenager living in El Paso Texas who became bonded with the Scarab that gave the original Blue Beetle Dan Garret his powers. This was shortly after Ted Kord, who was never able to get the Scarab to work for him, was killed by Max Lord.
Being such a fan of the previous two Blue Beetles, I want to like Jaime, but I just can't get into him for a number of reasons. First of all during Jaime's run as the Blue Beetle the nature of the Scarab was retconned. Instead of being an ancient magical artifact tied to Egyptian gods, it became a piece of alien technology that had simply been lost on earth for a few millennia.
And the last major reason I just can't get into Blue Beetle is the Spanglish. I have no problem with a Hispanic super hero, But I don't want a book where a third of it is Spanish. You see I don't speak Spanish so I have to pull out a Spanish English dictionary just to read it. Also a pet peeve of mine is I don't want to have to press one for English. And don't give me any of that "that's racist" bullshit. There is nothing racist about expecting someone to speak the language of the country they chose to live in.
And there is a shitload of Spanish in this book. Check out issue one of the recent New 52 BB series. Characters talk about going to Brenda's Quinceanera (15th Birthday). Her "Tia" is throwing it for her. This is Brenda.
Again, I wanna like Jaime, I really do. His character design is bad ass, and I'm a fan of his two predecessors, but between turning the Scarab into something made by Lord Xenu, some boring and cliched CW style high school drama, and a heaping helping of fucking Spanglish, you get a book and a character I just can't get into.