Blue Beetle: Graduation Day gives Jaime Reyes the chance to work closer with his predecessor Ted Kord, but this new connection comes at a cost.
The following contains spoilers for Blue Beetle: Graduation Day #2, on sale now from DC Comics.
Thanks to a collection of threatening transmissions from the alien race called the Reach, Blue Beetle has been barred from superhero work by Superman. While at first this seemed to be incredibly bothersome but in Blue Beetle: Graduation Day #2 (by Joshua Trujillo, Adrián Gutiérrez and Wil Quintana), the hero is presented with a massive opportunity. Happenstance has brought Jamie Reyes to Palmera City, which just so happens to the center of operations for Kord Industries, a company with deep ties to another Blue Beetle.
Now Jamie has been given the chance to work alongside fellow Blue Beetle, Ted Kord, building a relationship between the two heroes. However, the new kinship between the two Blue Beetles might have devastating consequences. With Jamie accepting a part-time internship with Kord Industries, both a hero and a future villain will now have the opportunity to monitor the Blue Beetle far more closely.
Ted Kord Wanted To Give His Successor A Break
After Superman grounded Blue Beetle, Ted Kord felt that he owed his successor some proper mentorship while Jamie was temporally removed from the Justice League’s roster. Ted extended an invitation for his protégé to meet him in Palmera City in an attempt to help Jamie find away to help people without being a superhero, this of course by being an intern at Kord Industries. As explained by the older Blue Beetle, Kord Industries had begun focusing on humanitarian issues facing the world, such as the international water crisis and the curing of various diseases.
However, despite Jamie’s internship acting as a link between himself and his fellow Blue Beetle, Ted Kord has not been the CEO of Kord Industries since he was voted out by his shareholders in 2021’s Blue and Gold #2 (by Dan Jurgans and Ryan Sook). Instead, Jamie will be working for Ted’s sister, the new CEO Victoria Kord. While she is still a new character to the DC Universe, fans already know her as the lead antagonist of the upcoming 2023 Blue Beetle movie.
Victoria Kord Can Gather Intel On Her Future Foe
Blue Beetle’s partnership with Kord Industries has given his future enemy the perfect chance to learn about Jamie. Thanks to her close proximity with Jamie, Victoria can identify weaknesses that could be exploited, from the inner workings of his powers, to potential friends and family members that could be targeted. This leaves Jamie incredibly vulnerable, especially with the potential return of the Reach to Earth. What’s worse is that Victoria Kord has taken the new villainess Yellow Beetle.
With another Reach Scarab user in her thrall, she can now research Reach technology and learn how to use Jame’s Scarab against him. But while Victoria Kord schemes in the background, Jamie Reyes will be distracted by a much more pressing threat, as Blue Beetle: Graduation Day #2 ended with Teen Titan member Starfire recruiting Blue Beetle to stop a planetary war. With Blue Beetle: Graduation Day #3 promising the appearance of Young Justice’s Green Beetle, Victoria will have a chance to watch how Jamie fights against another Scarab user.