One of those articles that reminds me how lucky I am to have Giffen schooling me in the four-color world.
Worth saying again, though, as I still see this confusion in both my comments and Newsarama. We did not kill Ted Kord. Ted did not die so they could introoduce a new Blue Beetle.
The DC Ed board though it would be a meaningful death for the storyline. It was after the plot was worked out, Dan Didio was talking to Keith and said "Hey, you know, the Scarab is still out there. If you had free reign, what would you do?" Keith called me up, and away we went.
Just, you know, for those of you still nursing emotional damage over the poor treatment of a person who never actully existed.
Also, and I believe Waid is putting this in the new DC History, Kord was secretly stealing the Birds of Prey's panties. So not the cool guy you all think.
(EDIT: *sigh* The Powers That Be Wish me to make it perfectly clear, that Ted Kord being a panty-sniffer is not part of official DCU canon. So don't look for it in the backup pages of 52. Although I personally meant that Ted was wearing them. You're the ones who turned it from a perfectly normal way to feel pretty and safe into something weird.
People, people, I myself am a 39 year old man who shops for comics every Wednesday, knows the difference between an SM/Ruin and Dark Pact 'lock, and has a DMG on my bookshelf. But we have got to lighten up a bit if we're to hang at the Kung Fu Monkey House. I mean, I was pissed, too, but c'mon.)