Rewriting The Life Of Ted Kord, Blue Beetle, Today (SPOILERS)

Everyone seems to be getting their history rewritten in the DC Universe today. Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman's next… while over in the Marvel Universe, all of reality is getting its birth on camera with Ultimates 2.

Well, can Ted Kord, the second Blue Beetle play this game? After all, originating in a different publisher altogether, Charlton, has necessitated some flexibility along the way. As has a greatly different variety of writers.

The New 52 saw some serious rewriting of Ted Kord, the Blue Beetle, who had at that point retired due to ill health and heart disease…

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…brought back from retirement, then shot in the head by Maxwell Lord…

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…saved from time's clutches before being written out and introduced as a graduate student. Seriously, this is how we left him.

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Then in DC Universe: Rebirth, and the new Blue Beetle comic, we see him as an older guy working with the new Blue beetle…

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…confirmation that he used to be one too…

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…and today the reason why he stopped.

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DC Rebirth! Bringing back all the best bits! Including heart disease!

Blue Beetle #8 by Keith Giffen and Scott Kolins is published by DC Comics today.

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About Rich Johnston

Founder of Bleeding Cool. The longest-serving digital news reporter in the world, since 1992. Author of The Flying Friar, Holed Up, The Avengefuls, Doctor Who: Room With A Deja Vu, The Many Murders Of Miss Cranbourne, Chase Variant. Lives in South-West London, works from Blacks on Dean Street, shops at Piranha Comics. Father of two. Political cartoonist.

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