Maybe it is all a ruse and I am a jet setting kingpin spy and my under cover name is Sean M Keller who secretly IS Blue Beetle in the JLI. To keep me safe my superiors instructed DC to kill off Ted Kord in the books and throw all enemies off my trail.
AND.... if I did fly those same enemies would pick up my trail. However, I always have a passport with me because you never know when you may need to jam!
NNNNNNOOOOO !!! was our first reaction too! Pants has been my friend, my brother for 11 years now and will continue to be. I told him I support him, will miss him, and hopes he comes around now an then.
I said it before and will again, he has done a fantastic job. One we cannot duplicate though I hope to honor him him by what we do next, the show will go on as it always does. I will just need to start having get togethers again to see my friend Pants!