1. a piece of work based primarily on a work of the same medium; a remake.
Yet, Ted Kord became the victim of something I like to call UDS or "Unnecessary Death Syndrome". UDS is one of the easiest failings of writing, especially in ensemble casts, and is extremely common in the comic book genre. UDS comes into play when an editor wants to ramp up the stakes of a comic book cross-over or event. Usually, they kill off a lot of D-List characters and even a few big names to create a sense that all the characters are in danger of some new threat and, most likely, to sell more comics. Don't get me wrong-- comic books are a business, BUT there are other ways to sell comics. I actually don't mind killing off characters, but they deserve to be given a hero's death. At least in Death of Superman, Superman 'died' fighting to save Metropolis from Doomsday.
In order to kick-off the Infinite Crisis event, Ted Kord tracks down a reborn Checkmate, an anti-super hero organization. He is captured and discovers that long time associate of the Justice League, Maxwell Lord, is behind a plot to control the super human populace. He asks Ted to join him and the hero replies, "Rot in Hell, Max," before being unceremoniously shot in the face like a dog. This "shot heard around the DC world". This also leads to Wonder Woman's reputation getting thrown under the bus when she kills Maxwell Lord at the end of Infinite Crisis. Boo!
BUT, Blue Beetle's character wasn't over and his next iteration would be a mix between Iron Man and Spiderman!
And where does the Blue Beetle go from here? Well, the character just rebooted, yet again, alongside many characters of the DC Universe in The 52 event. Jaime Reyes is still the current hero in the legacy of Blue Beetle and, arguably, the character is more popular than ever. In fact, talks have been bouncing around for either Blue Beetle to get its own TV show or movie. Only time will tell if this Beetle can survive in a market where Green Lantern's film reimagining was a mediocre failure.
All that glitters is not gold, but this character is a true blue hero!