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Jaime Reyes is the Blue Beetle, a young hero fused with a Reach scarab.


Jaime Reyes was born to Alberto and Bianca Reyes, he grew up a normal child like many others until one day changed his life forever. Jaime was hanging out with his school friends Brenda and Paco by the river in his home town El Paso the day before school began. His friends were arguing when they noticed the scarab floating on the water, when Paco went to investigate it started shocking him prompting Brenda to help him causing her to be affected as well. The scarab then attached itself to Jaime, forcing him to become its host body.[2]

Shortly after becoming the Blue Beetle, Reyes went missing for an entire year, though he eventually returned, much to the relief of his family, who were remarkably understanding of his new "condition".[3]

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Booster Gold invited Beetle to join the Justice League International alongside the Olympian. Beetle mistakenly thought it was the regular Justice League, as he needed help from Cyborg. They were soon attacked by Brother Eye controlling OMAC, and Eye had Beetle teleported to the Reach homeworld while he destroyed the team.[4] When the Reach attacked Odym, homeworld of the Blue Lantern Corps, it was revealed that their armours have taken control of them; Jaime speculated, during a confrontation with Kyle Rayner, that his armour was damaged, explaining why he was in control of himself where as the other Reach soldiers were enslaved to their armour.

After being captured by Lady Styx's henchmen, Jaimie was forced to take part in the bounty hunter game, The Haunted, on the planet called Tolerance.[5] After losing control over the Scarab armor[6] and regaining control back, he teamed up with a New God named Lonar,[7] to kill the creator of the game Adonis and escape the planet. Lonar killed Adonis, took his pocket dimension, and disappeared.[8] Thereafter, the producer of The Hunted revealed that the show had been cancelled and sends Jaime back to earth.[9]

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Seeking assistance with the Scarab, Jaime turned to scientist, C.E.O. of Kord Industries, and former Blue Beetle, Ted Kord for help. The pair soon learned that the scarab was of alien origin and was partially sentient as it communicated with Jaime in his head. They began working together to use the Scarab's power for good.[10]

Doctor Fate

Months later Jaime was walking to school with his friends when he received the alert from Ted to go

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Jaime fighting Blur

into action. He travelled to a restaurant where two super-villains were calling for his blood. He attacked the two villains- Rack and Ruin but was quickly overwhelmed by their regenerative abilities. Ted stepped in firing a gas missile into the restaurant forcing the two villains to flee.[10] Over the next few weeks Jaime began having dreams of the sorcerer supreme Doctor Fate attempting to kill him. One day after school Jaime saw Ted conversing with a member of the metahuman street gang the Posse. Kord told him that he received a tip from the gang about the whereabouts of 3 different students. Travelling to one of the missing students' houses he discovered that the place had been wrecked and there was a giant hole in the ground. Jaime was then attacked by a figure who could shift through shadows, Jaime defeated the figure calling himself Blot who turned out to be one of the missing children. When he attempted to apprehend Blot the Posse intervened.[11]

The Posse told Jaime that the hole found in the house was one of three, each one found at the location of a missing student. Blur then took Blot to be looked over by Jaime's mother, who was revealed to be helping the Posse's cause by stitching them up. Blue Beetle then investigated the hole as the Posse left the scene, finding nothing Jaime became irritated as Blur of the Posse was following him around everywhere. After accidentally shooting Blur with his plasma cannon the two got into a fight, the fight ended with Jaime shocking Blur to unconsciousness. Jaime then headed home to confront his mother about the Posse.[12]

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Infinite Frontier

Graduation Day

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Jaime's no match for Dynastes

Jaime arrived late to his high school graduation because of a supervillain fight and left abruptly during the ceremony.[13] After a fight with a "Yellow Beetle", Dynastes, Starfire warned him that the Earth is at war against The Reach.[14] Shazam, The Flash, Cyborg and two more heroes are instructed by Batman to stop Dynastes at all costs as Jaime and Starfire try to intervene.[15] The Reach arrived to Earth and Superman and Batman entrusted Jaime to save the day and he did. Jaime offered The Reach the chance to settle in Palmera City and they accepted.[16]

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  • Mind Link: Due to his bond with Khaji Da, Jaime has a powerful mind link to the scarab and call forth it at will, even if it manages to be severed from his body.


  • The Scarab: Although the Scarab gives Jaime great power it also wrestles for control of him occasionally.[10]


  • Blue Beetle Scarab
    • Blue Beetle Armour: With the Scarab Jaime can produce a suit of armour around his body capable of great feats.
      • Enhanced Strength
      • Technomorphy: Jaime can manipulate the armour to take many shapes, usually in the form of weaponry.
        • Plasma Cannon: Jaime can produce a cannon anywhere on the body capable of greatly harming or incinerating opponents.[10]
        • Wings: Jaime can manufacture a set of wings and jet propulsion which he can use to fly.[10]
        • Melee Weapon Production: Jaime is able to produce melee weapons such as swords and maces out of his arms for use in close combat.[10]
      • Energy Pulse: Jaime is able to create an outward surge of energy damaging anyone in a close vicinity.[10]
      • Energy Shield: Beetle is able to create an energy shield capable of surviving great trauma.[10]

  • Batman believes that Jaime has a lot of potential and thinks of him as a hero.[17][18]



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