Series writer Tony Bedard (Green Lantern: New Guardians) said that the DC Comics series will focus solely on the more recently introduced Jaime Reyes.
"I loved the Ted Kord Blue Beetle as much as anyone," Bedard told Wired. "But he doesn't figure into this new Blue Beetle series at all.
"My mission right now is to make 15-year-old El Paso high school student Jaime Reyes into the best character and the best Blue Beetle imaginable. And I have really good material to work with there.
"As anyone who read the last series or caught his appearances on Brave & The Bold will tell you, Jaime is a character teens and 20-somethings can really latch on to. He has a terrific supporting cast and I'm building a 'rogues gallery' for him that will knock your socks off.
"None of this means that Ted Kord never existed. It's just that before we go back and rehash the past, we are going to build a solid future for DC, and Jaime Reyes is the future."
Bedard said he would be simplifying Reyes's origin story, which was initially complicated by its close relation to the events of the Infinite Crisis storyline.
Ted Kord was famously killed in the run-up to Infinite Crisis. DC has flirted with the idea of his return since then, but so far it has not come to pass.
Blue Beetle #1 will be illustrated by Ig Guara (Flashpoint: Grodd of War) and will debut this week.
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