DCU Book Club Week 54 BLUE BEETLE (2006) Issues 1-6


Welcome back to DCUBC, DC Universe’s very own community run book club! It’s great to see you!

This week we are checking out Blue Beetle (2006) Issues 1-6!

Ted Kord is dead and the Scarab has picked another host, but can Jamie Reyes handle such power? Well let’s find out!

Spoiler Discussion begins RIGHT NOW and lasts until Sunday (9/29) evening!

:boom:Discussion Questions :boom:

1.) Is this your first time reading Blue Beetle (2006) Issues 1-6?

2.) Do you consider the “Posse” a necessary evil?

3.) What do you think of Jamie Reyes?

4.) What was your favorite moment?

Also make sure you let us know what you thought of the book as a whole! We can’t wait to hear from you!

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Can’t wait to hear what everyone thinks! This is a fun one!

  1. I have read this series many, many times. It’s one of my absolute favorites, and I’d recommend anyone who reads these continue on through John Rogers’ whole run (through #25). It’s a hell of a ride.

  2. The Posse are a potentially interesting concept, but honestly I feel like it’s the weakest part of the story. Never does the book feel more like white guys writing about latino communities they don’t know much about than with The Posse. But like the Posse itself, the writers’ intentions are good. Blue Beetle really only finds its feet once Peacemaker shows up.

  3. Jaime Reyes rules. I know there are a lot of Ted Kord fans out there but Jaime just gives the DCU a Spider-Man like element you can’t find anywhere else, without being a copy. He should by all rights be one of DC’s biggest heroes.

  4. My favorite part? Jaime revealing his secret identity to his family. Immediately a hard left turn from basically every other teen superhero book, and it all spins out from there. Magical.


Nice! Always meant to read this one. Definitely a good way to kick me into finally getting to it. :slight_smile:




Random Plug: this Blue Beetle series is also being reprinted in the new Flash 100 Page Giant series. #1 is available at better Walmarts now, and at comic stores (with a new cover by Dan Panosian) next week.

accepts checks from DC, Walmart and Diamond, gives a cut to @MattMcDonald, then goes back to reading


Like @Jay_Kay, I’ve been meaning to read this one! I’m excited to read this.


Gosh I love this series so much. I was finally able to collect the trade paperbacks last year when I found several of them on discount and in good condition. I think DC should reprint this series so more people can find it.

Anyway, this opening arc is not the first appearance of Jaime; that honor goes to Geoff Johns in Infinite Crisis, I believe. However, this series is what goes on to be the clear definition of the character and the voice, especially as seen in Young Justice. This first arc does a lot to establish Jaime as a Spider-Man like figure in the DC Universe, as well as set up his personal stakes which develop in unexpected ways throughout the series.

I think this series has aged remarkably well and is an easy and emphatic recommendation from me to readers of all ages who are looking for a fun teen adventure that doesn’t just copy the tropes, reaching for something new and exciting.



Jamie really goes all out when he returns and shows his family. It’s great stuff!

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I’ll expect my cut in the mail :money_mouth_face:

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@MattMcDonald Your cut and a recipe for a pan of Blue Beetle fudge are on their way!

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I really enjoyed this seies.

I was so disappointed in the 2011 version.


I haven’t checked out the New 52 Book. What’s your favorite thing about this version of the Beetle?

  1. This was the 3rd time I’ve read this story arc, but I have to say, it has yet to get old and I doubt that it ever will no matter how many times I read it. I really love this whole story of rebirth for the Blue Beetle.

  2. I would have to vote “yes”, the Posse does feel like a necessary evil to me. Then again, in my opinion, the Posse isn’t an evil of any kind - necessary or otherwise. Yes they make a few mistakes here and there, but they are really just a community of kids who support each other rather than being a true gang. I will also admit that my opinion is based on the development of those characters throughout the entire series, not just the 1-6 story arc; but I still stand by my answer.

I will also say that I don’t feel like the Posse was a necessary part of the series. I don’t think that the series would have suffered at all had the Posse not been included in the story; however, I don’t think that the Posse detracts from the story either. At the end of the day my overall opinion of the Posse is mostly indifferent.

  1. I love Jaime Reyes! I never really took an interest in the Blue Beetle until I watched Young Justice in my early 20’s. It was Jaime Reyes who made me a Blue Beetle fan.

Don’t get me wrong, I never disliked Ted Kord, but his character never grabbed me. Jaime Reyes drew me to the character and then drew me into his world.

  1. My favorite part? That’s a hard question to answer. I think Jaime’s conflict with Guy Gardener would have to be my favorite part, but the arrival of Peacemaker and Jaime revealing his new super hero identity to his family are very close 2nd choices.


I’m the same way. Never really a Beetle fan until I got to know Jamie. Which I think I got to know on an episode of Batman The Brave and the Bold. It instantly made me a Beetle fan.

I’m interested to see where the Posse ends up, since I’ve never read the full run.

I didn’t realize there was so much love for this run. Thanks for reading it again and joining us!

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Happy Friday night folks! Let us know what you thought of this week’s selection before the weekend is over!

“Is this your first time reading Blue Beetle (2006) Issues 1-6?”

Yes it was, and overall I liked it. It feels reminiscent of a lot of different teenaged hero archetypes both classic and modern, but I think the family and friends of Jaime are well developed enough that it works. I don’t know if I’m going to immediately go back into this, but I’ll definitely want to finish this run at some point.

“Do you consider the “Posse” a necessary evil?”

It’s odd, really – from what we see (or at least from what I remember), they don’t seem to really do much that identifies themselves as a criminal gang. They feel more like the Scooby Gang, but nowhere near as memorable.

“What do you think of Jamie Reyes?”

He’s pretty likable – in some ways, I think he kind of feels rather blank and standard, but I wonder how much of that is just him being sort of reacting to the world around him instead of actually acting. I would hope this is something that’s improved on with future arcs.

“What was your favorite moment?”

Definitely the reveal to his parents and sister. In these teen hero books, the standard, cliche storyline is “I have to keep my heroic identity a secret to protect my family.” This story basically says “eff that, drop the bomb on issue 3.” Aaaaand it doesn’t quite turn out so well.

Speaking of reveals, it’s odd in that it feels like A LOT of people know Jaime is Blue Beetle from the start. We get his parents, his sister, his two best friends. Then you have the bigger members of the superhero community like Batman and Oracle. And THEN you get the Posse, which is about…five-ish people, I honestly don’t even remember any of them. And then there’s all the people in that prison thing AND la Dama herself, the overall villain of the piece.

Man, at this rate I feel like pretty much all of El Paso is going to know who Blue Beetle is by the end of issue #12.


1.) Is this your first time reading Blue Beetle (2006) Issues 1-6?

2.) Do you consider the “Posse” a necessary evil?
I’ll copy @CharlieSheensDealer’s answer for this one (I’ve only read 1-6 though). @CharlieSheensDealer said what I was thinking in a much more eloquent way than I can say it!

3.) What do you think of Jamie Reyes?
He’s an excellent character and stands out in a great way amongst all the other DC heroes - which is difficult to do. I love that this book never forgets he’s a teenager. He’s smart, funny, and caring (seeing him try to support his dad at work, and being there to comfort Brenda was heart-warming) - but he’s still going to school somehow through it all. His reaction of not being impressed with the Bird’s of Prey’s names was hilarious.

4.) What was your favorite moment?
I probably shouldn’t have laughed at the moment in the attached panel (expand pic) where Jaime reveals transformation to his family, but I couldn’t help myself. Poor, scared, Milagro!

There were lots of funny moments! I liked renaming meta-humans “extras”. I love Jaime’s family so much. They were relatable and down-to-earth. Brenda and her Aunt are forces to be reckoned with, and Paco was cool.

Loved this energy and fun in this one @MattMcDonald!

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It is fitting because a lot of super powered characters in comics are really freaking extra. :joy: