Read an exclusive sneak peek of the next issue of DC Comics' Blue Beetle!

Courtesy of DC Comics, here's an exclusive first look at next Wednesday's issue of the teen superhero series Blue Beetle.

In this sneak peek, high schooler Jaime Reyes has become the unwitting host for a powerful (and unexpectedly sassy) alien artifact. In addition to preventing Jaime from telling his parents the truth about his powers, the scarab has no patience for bullies. This why you must always have "the talk" with your kids about the dangers of extraterrestrial doodads.

This issue hits stands Wednesday, December 21. Here's the plot synopsis:

BLUE BEETLE #4
Written by TONY BEDARD
Art by IG GUARA and J.P. MAYER
Cover by TYLER KIRKHAM and SAL REGLA

What is Jaime Reyes going to do? La Dama and the unstoppable, mechanical monster known as Silverback both want the scarab for their own nefarious purposes, and Jaime's family and friends want to know why he disappeared. Can he keep his secret safe, or will he risk everything to tell his loved ones the truth?

Read an exclusive sneak peek of the next issue of DC Comics' Blue Beetle!

Read an exclusive sneak peek of the next issue of DC Comics' Blue Beetle!

Read an exclusive sneak peek of the next issue of DC Comics' Blue Beetle!

Read an exclusive sneak peek of the next issue of DC Comics' Blue Beetle!

Read an exclusive sneak peek of the next issue of DC Comics' Blue Beetle!