The biggest problem I've had with the current Blue Beetle series is that the story has seemed to be too much of a rehash of Jaime Reyes' first series which ended not too long ago. Well, that changed this weeks issue #5.
Paco, Jaime's best friend, was stabbed by Jaime's Blue Beetle suit last issue. This issue Jaime saves Paco by injecting him with a bit of his suit's Reach technology. This issue ends with Paco being possessed by that technology. The final page has him wearing a black and red version of Jaime's Blue Beetle armour and being sent out to kill Jaime. On top of this, La Dama tried to use magic to capture Jaime and his scarab -- definitely an ability I don't recall her showing in the previous series.
OK, at this point I have to say I'm reasonably happy. I've been enjoying this series despite my complaints about it. I'm willing to say with this issue that enough new things are being done that it doesn't feel like a rehash anymore. It took five issues to reach this point and I'll admit that I think it shouldn't have taken this long, but now that we are here, I'm pleased.
Thank you Troy for the sig