The Green Lantern Corps Podcast

My biggest fears

Posted in Uncategorized by mrread7 on March 30, 2008

So, as you all know I’ve had a lot of shit happen to me this past week. Since my engagement is over and my wedding isn’t happening. Well, this actually became connected to Green Lantern. As told this past week in Secret Origin part 1. Hal’s greatest fear was his father dying in a plane accident. When he witnessed his greatest fear in front of him. He had no fear left, which he of coursed lied about. For years he was plagued with the possibility that during his father’s final words, he died a coward and not a hero. My greatest fear has always been being alone. Sure I’m afraid of other things, you know, getting fired from your job, finding out you have cancer, them running out of white chocolate mocha at Caribou Coffee. However, during the whole time I was with my fiancé had the fear of losing her. Not by any certain means but that something that went so well would fall apart in front of me and I couldn’t stop it. The truth is, I faced that fear by facing her on this. Knowing that she was in the process of leaving me, I went up and confronted it. So, in a way I faced my fear but in doing so I did lose the person I loved but in the long run. I saved myself a lot of grief and even a possible divorce not long after the wedding. It’s going to be a long road ahead and I’m not saying that I’m going to end up like Hal and not be afraid of anything now. The truth is, I might have over come great fear but the truth is, I have hope. I hope for a better tomorrow, I hope for a better me and I hope for a happy life. So, hence I earned by Blue Lantern ring.


She’s a Brik… house

Posted in Profiles by mrread7 on March 29, 2008

With all the crap that is going on in my life right now. I wanted to finish up not only Blue Beetle week but also Booster Gold month on a more positive note. So, I chose Brik, a Green Lantern who has been involved with both Guy Gardner and the last two Blue Beetle’s. Brik believe it or not confused me back in the early days, I wasn’t sure if she was supposed to be a woman or a gender bender. It was revealed later on that she was meant to be more butch to separate her from other Green Lanterns instead of just giving her boobs. However, Brik has been a very resourceful member of the GLC since day one. Usually creating smart and long reach hand weapons for her construct. She thinks her attack first instead of just using what she needs.

After meeting the L.E.G.I.O.N., Green Lantern Hal Jordan had been impressed by one of their core team, Strata of Dryad, and wished to recruit someone from her world for the Corps. Brik was a female of one of the two stone-races of Dryad, the more numerous race, which more resembled humans. Jordan did not count on the attention he would receive from the new Green Lantern. Brik felt love for Jordan for ending her isolation by bringing her out into the universe. Brik recruited two candidates for the Green Lantern Corps, Aa of the Pumice People, and Kworri of the Obsidian Folk, two races from the planet Stoneworld. These candidates received a trial by fire in a battle against Star Sapphire and a Teban Battle Fleet. Aa became a Green Lantern, while Kworri was sent home. The recruits were introduced to the Book of Oa by Hal Jordan and trained by Kilowog. They would hear tales of the Green Lantern Corps to inspire them to push on. The Corps travelled to Earth in an unsuccessful attempt to free Hal Jordan from the evil influence of Eclipso. The Corps returned to Oa, but Kilowog would later return to Earth to help defeat Eclipso. Lacking Jordan and Kilowog, the fledgling Green Lantern Corps was almost destroyed by Qwardian invaders. The Guardians themselves were at risk of defeat by the Weaponers’ armies. Guy Gardner had inadvertantly brought the Qwardians to Oa in his quest for the yellow power ring of Sinestro. Despite this, the actions of Guy Gardner can be said to have saved the day. With the yellow ring, Gardner was able to turn the tables on the invaders. Brik fought alongside the Corps against Entropy on Oa. Though she was an able fighter, she still relied on the decisions of Hal Jordan. Brik and Percival were soon ready to gather recruits of their own. They brought back such candiates as Breeon, Pathavim Seth-Ottarak, Reemuz and Torquemada. As Brik’s experiences grew, so did her confidence. It was during the war with The Triarch that Brik met Strata of Dryad. The two discovered they were “sisters” of a sort. Neither race had known of the other’s existence. Brik learned she wasn’t as alone as she thought she had thought she was. Brik’s power ring disintegrated after Hal Jordan overthrew the Guardians and took the power of the Central Battery for himself. She was taken by unknown individuals for the intergalactic slave trade. Word of a slave ring specializing in former Green Lanterns reached ex-Lantern Guy Gardner, now known as Warrior. He destroyed the installation and freed a number of Green Lanterns including Adam, Dalor, and Lysandra. Hearing of Hal Jordan’s transformation into Parallax, and his alleged death, greatly upset Brik, driving her into a murderous rage against her captors. Brik, along with the other freed ex-Green Lanterns, was later evacuated to a Darkstar cruiser. Jordan had survived his battle on Oa with Kyle Rayner, but later met his end saving the Earth from the Sun-Eater. Brik joined other former Green Lanterns Ash, Torquemada, and Salakk at a memorial service for Hal Jordan on the former site of Coast City. She has recently rejoined the Corps. During both the Sinestro War and battle with the Spider Guild of Vega, Brik was one of the front leaders in counter attacks.

There you go folks, the end of Blue Beetle Week and the end of Booster Gold month. I’ll be back in a few days once things have calmed down a little bit more around here. I’m hoping to kick things off with my own Countdown to Final Crisis and a look at the War of Light to come.

Very Sad News

Posted in News by mrread7 on March 28, 2008

I’m sad to report that the wedding has been officially called off. We talked yesterday and despite everything. We have broken off the engagement. She’s moving out this weekend, which she said she was going to do. I just brought the decision up faster. For almost two and a half years I put her first in our relationship but like all relationships. Problems happen and while you try and work through them and even in fact have some work out. Others can’t be. It’s going to be a long road ahead of us for both. Our families, friends and wedding parties have already been contacted.

Green Lantern #29 Review

Posted in green lantern by mrread7 on March 27, 2008

Secret Origin part 1

After returning back to Coast City following Laira’s trial and escape as a Red Lantern. Hal Jordan begins to think about what lead him to where he is now. We flashback many years when Hal Jordan was still just a kid, watching his father fly experimental crafts for Ferris Air. He loved watching his father fly, even though his mother hated it every day. One day, when Hal was watching his father, he met a young Carol Ferris. The two argued about how her father owned the jet Hal’s father was flying. Hal decided to sneak past the fence and get closer to the action, something Carol didn’t want to do. When she tries to tell her father that Hal was sneaking off, her father was busy arguing with Hal’s dad about the jet. The fighter plane starts having problems but Mr. Ferris tells him to keep flying it. However, things soon take a turn for the worse and Hal’s father’s fighter crashes out on the air field in front of Hal’s eyes. Because of this, Hal saw his worse fear in front of him and since then the only thing he has ever truly feared was that his dad died scared than a hero.

We move a head a few years at Edwards Air Force Base where a teen age Hal Jordan is climbing a flag poll, and is caught by Mr. Arden. Arden calls Hal’s mother and soon is lectured by her and punched a few times by his brother, Jack while their younger brother, Jim tells them to stop. Hal reveals that while he lost his fear, his mother became afraid of everything. A few years later on Hal’s 18th birthday, Jim gets up early to give his brother a present but finds him missing. Turns out that Hal headed to the air force recruiter and signs up. A few more years pass and Hal is testing a new type of fighter with Major Jonathan “Herc” Stone as his flight commander. Hal is pushing the jet to it’s limits, which is greatly annoying Stone. Hal pops the jet past Mach 3.1 and soon the engines catch fire and Hal crash lands on the run way. He’s ok but the jet is totaled and Stone is happy one little bit.

A following night, Hal has some drinks with his flight buddies at the local military bar and they tell him he’s majorly screwed. However, Hal isn’t worried and buys everyone a round of drinks. Near by a group of marines are also enjoying some drinks and one of them is pushing a young woman to head back to his place but she doesn’t want to go. Hal doesn’t like this and punches the marine. Which gets John Stewart angry with the rest of the group and a fight soon breaks out. The fight breaks up and everyone leaves but as Hal is heading back to Edwards he sees his brother, Jim waiting for him. He tells Hal that their mother is dying from cancer and doesn’t have long. Hal is ready to leave but Jim tells him that Hal is not allowed to come as long as he is in the air force. That’s their mother’s wish. The next day, Hal tries to get kicked out of the air force but Stone won’t budge, that is until Hal sucker punches him and he’s kicked out. Hal arrives at the hospital the next day but it’s too late, their mother passed away early in the afternoon. Crushed, Hal doesn’t know what to do but soon Jack attack Hal telling him it’s his fault, that he was so busy trying to be dad, he killed their mother. Jim pulls Jack off of Hal and Jack reveals that did everything for their mother and the Jordan family but “when has Hal ever given this family anything?” That would be the last time Hal saw his brother Jack.

Hal reveals that while he was like their father, and Jim was like their mother, Jack was on his own path and after their father died, Jack was taken off that track and even more so when Hal enlisted. Which is why they have never mended fences. Back in present day, Hal watches it pour rain outside his apartment when he has a knock at the door. He finds his brother Jim outside in the hall way. He doesn’t have much time since the rest of the family is in the car but he gives Hal the birthday present he wanted to give him all those years ago. Hal opens it after Jim leaves and finds an old picture beautifully framed of himself as a kid with his father eating lunch in the cockpit of one of his fighter planes. Hal sits all night looking at the picture, wondering: “Where do I go from here?” Back in the past we find Abin Sur on the home world of the Empire of Tears attacking Qull, Atrocitus and the other demons wanting to know about the Blackest Night. They will tell him everything they know so he can stop it.

Geoff Johns and Ivan Reis wrap up the first part of Secret Origin and they do a fantastic job. I know that the telling of Hal Jordan’s origin as Green Lantern has been done time and time again. Plus, we’ve seen flash backs like this since Green Lantern: Rebirth. However, it’s well done. This is not only a modernizing of the Green Lantern’s history but it’s playing into not only the upcoming stories of Rage of the Red Lanterns, War of Light and The Blackest Night. Hal is at a cross roads in life and he doesn’t know where he’s going. He’s remembering all the mistakes he’s made in life and he regrets them.
As we all do when we look back after life changing events. I always knew about the Jordan Family’s disfunctionality but here we get it all up close and personal and we see where it all lies. We have a mother who lived her life in fear of her family and got worse after the death of her husband. We have one son be like his father the other more like his mother and the one caught in the middle. You understand Jack’s rage and anger but at the same time. Jack honestly needed to live his own life but really how he was going to turn his back on his mother? He couldn’t. The story also shows just how far Hal and Jim have both come since their family’s troubles began. Jim has started to put the same fear behind him while Hal is upset that he’s screwed up everyone else’s lives. They both have healing to do but they do love each other. Things we should all live by.

The best part of this story has to be the last page with Abin Sur and his torturing of the Empire of Tears. Especially since Atrocitus is going to be one of the main Red Lanterns, we are getting the back story here. Of course the biggest question is: How did the Empire of Tears know so much about The Blackest Night and what did they truly hoped to accomplish with sewing the seeds of fear in Sur?

Things are going bad again

Posted in Uncategorized by mrread7 on March 27, 2008

I hate to say it but despite the work I’ve done and everything. My fiancé is having second thoughts again. She apparently thinks I’m to much of a 5 year old and she feels bored that we don’t go anywhere or really do anything. The fact they we are paying for the whole wedding doesn’t help. Personally, the last couple of weekend, we’ve been invited places or had family want us to join them. Been kind of hard to go out when we’ve been “going out”. I’ve brought things up but once again she’s saying: “She needs to think about it because other wise she’ll make a bad decision the more I pressure her.” Man, this has been a bad week took, my friend is in the hospital, her car broke down and mine needs to go in the shop this weekend.

Jaime Reyes, muy bien

Posted in Profiles by mrread7 on March 26, 2008

I’ll tell you this now folks, I had a horrible day. I do mean a horrible day. Work was crap, my fiancé’s car broke down, one of my best friend’s is in the hospital and my car needs new tires this weekend. Yeah, it’s been pretty bad, so I’m going to make this as quick as I can. I’ll tell you right now, I love Jaime Reyes as the Blue Beetle, while I was upset to see Ted Kord killed by Maxwell Lord during Infinite Crisis. Jaime has proven to be worthy of the Blue Beetle legacy. He has grown a lot in the last two years as he’s tried to take on the mantle of the Blue Beetle. As of this week, he proved his worth by defeating the evil Reach. The aliens responsible for making him the Blue Beetle in the first place. So, here’s his story. Thank you Wiki.

Jaime lives in El Paso, Texas with his father, mother and little sister; his father owns a garage. Jaime has offered to help his father out at the garage, but his father has turned him down so far, feeling Jaime should focus on his studies and enjoy his childhood for as long as he can. Jaime has an acute sense of responsibility for his family and friends, though he complains about being the one to sort out any messes. The mystical Blue Beetle scarab which had given Dan Garrett his powers had been thought destroyed. When it was found intact, it was given to Ted Kord, who was never able to use it. After an attack by Brother Eye, the scarab appeared energized, and Ted brought it to the wizard Shazam, who took it and sent Ted away. Shortly thereafter, in the Day of Vengeance storyline, Shazam was killed and the scarab was blasted across the globe, along with shards from the Rock of Eternity.
The Blue Beetle scarab came to Earth in El Paso, Texas where it was picked up by a teenaged boy named Jaime Reyes. Not long after, Booster Gold appeared at Jaime’s house to retrieve the scarab, only to discover that it had fused itself to Jaime’s spine while the teenager had been sleeping. Booster recruited Jaime for Batman’s assault on the Brother Eye satellite, since the scarab was the only thing that could see the satellite. Using the scarab’s powers, Jaime was able to find the satellite and reveal it to Batman’s group, enabling them to defeat it. Once Brother Eye was sent plummeting Earthwards, Jaime disappeared from the ship, apparently teleported away by the scarab, which sought to escape the Green Lanterns on board.

Jaime was next seen fighting off Green Lantern Guy Gardner, who had been driven to rage by his ring’s reaction to the Blue Beetle scarab. A flashback expanded on Jaime’s initial discovery of the scarab, revealing how the scarab bonded itself to Jaime and showing his first encounter with a metahuman. After the fight, Jaime found himself alone and naked in the middle of the desert, and had to hitch-hike home. Upon his return, Jaime discovered he had been missing for a whole year. One unusual part of the series is that unlike most superheroes who keep their identities hidden from all but the closest of associates, Jaime’s family (portrayed as a traditional Mexican-American family) and friends know Jaime is the current Blue Beetle.
He has since began a career as a superhero, meeting Oracle, the Phantom Stranger, and the current Peacemaker during his early adventures. He often associates himself with a group known as the Posse, a street gang of local superhumans with powers of magical origin. Blue Beetle’s support team have also recently agreed to help Jaime keep track of crime and natural disasters in the midwest via the Internet.
Contrary to Jaime’s initial belief, the scarab is revealed to be a piece of extraterrestrial technology. However, magical influences involving the first contact with Earthmen left the scarab “corrupted”, and unable to be controlled by the Reach, of Space Sector 2. Guy Gardner returned and revealed to Jaime how the Reach and the Green Lantern Corps had battled in the past, forcing the Reach into a truce. The Reach however continued pursuing their invasion plans offering the Scarab as a “protector”, and then forcibly turning his host into the vanguard of their attack. This would imply that the Scarab’s fully functional A.I. is a “Reach” agent. As Jaime’s scarab has only a partly functioning A.I., falling more and more into his control and forming an alliance with him, the Reach changed their agenda into pretending friendship with Jaime and the Earth, attacking him in a more subversive manner.
The Reach are ancient enemies of the Guardians of the Universe, their pact with the Guardians forbids them from invading any new cultures including Earth.[2] Jaime has recently sought help from S.T.A.R. Labs in order to find out about the scarab’s full power.
In a Countdown to Final Crisis tie-in, Jaime assisted Traci Thirteen in foiling Eclipso’s attempt to kidnap a baby with great magical potential and use it as a new, uncorrupted host. In the aftermath, Jaime and Traci kissed, hinting to a relationship starting between the two.
Jaime first teams up with the Titans in Teen Titans #50/Blue Beetle #22, fighting Lobo along with the teen group to ensure the launch of a satellite armed with anti-Reach tech. The Reach themselves apparently hired Lobo to keep their facade as benevolent protector; however, at last, Batman and the Teen Titans believe Jaime. Although Jamie is criticized for his lack of formal training, the Titans extend an invitation to visit and perhaps at a later time join the team. The Reach later attempted to remove Jaime from the equation, combining the missing A.I. of Jamie’s scarab, a new scarab, and a Sinestro Corps Power Ring into the Peacemaker, forcing him to cut his scarab (which in truth is Jaime’s A.I.) from his spine in order to ensure that his scarab could not be used as a weapon again.
Jaime came face to face with the Spectre, along with the man who had been responsible for Jaime’s father being crippled, Luis. After a visit from his quasi-girlfriend Traci 13, Jaime realized that he could not stop the Spectre from executing the inmates, Jaime was forced to forgive Luis and try to reason with the Spectre. Partially successful, The Spectre warned Jaime that if he ever let the Scarab kill, The Spectre would come for him.
During the Titans of Tomorrow, Today! arc in Teen Titans, Jaime takes the Titans up on their offer, to visit only to find their Tower after an alternate future versions of the Titans attacked and managed to kidnap key members of the Justice League. He later proved instrumental in the Titans victory against their future selves and proved himself to be a competent hero by incapacitating the Future Flash, and freeing the Justice League. He also aids the Titans in defeating Starro (thanks in large part to his scarab having prior experience with Sinestro Corps rings). During much of the conflict with the future Titans, Jaime was actively attacked by the adult version of Kid Devil, Red Devil, who claims that Jaime cannot be trusted.
In Blue Beetle #23, Jaime takes the fight to The Reach, using the time-warping qualities of the Bleed to attack three of their machines at once. When this fails, Jaime attacks the Reach’s flagship, but the Reach use their weapons to attack Jaime’s home. Jaime’s emotional outburst at this attack allows the Reach to shut down the scarab and remove it from Jaime. Jaime is thrown into a holding cell and the Scarab is taken into into examination on the bridge. However, the scarab transferred it’s knowledge into Jaime before removal, allowing the young hero to break out of his cell. Meanwhile, Jaime’s family, having escaped the attack, are protected from further Reach assault by Peacemaker, the Posse, and Traci 13 and La Dama. Attacking several guards and taking their armor, Jaime heads for the engine, forcing the Reach to shut it down, revealing their ship. Once on the bridge, Jaime shouts “Kaji Dha!”, which was the scarab’s real name.

The scarab has been playing possum and ended up revealing that while Dan Garret knew the name to activate most of the Scarab’s powers, Ted Kord was unable to harness the power thanks to Booster Gold’s time trips with Ted. Thanks to Jaime taking on the powers, he was able to unlock the Scarab’s true abilities and the two remerged. In doing so, he hacked the Reach’s computer systems and locked them out of their machines. Back on Earth, Guy Gardner came to Jaime’s family aid and thanks to the Reach attacking the Reyes, the Green Lantern Corps was able to declare war on the Reach for breaching their treaty with the Guardians. Batman was then able to use his satellites to allow Oracle to hack in and shut down all by the world rippers. Soon, Fire and Ice joined in the battle against the Reach and revealed that the world wanted the Reach threat eliminated. In a panic, the Reach Negotiator tried to activate the world rippers to destroy Earth but Jaime was able to re-interface with the computer systems and showed what the Reach were able to do and destroyed the main Reach mother ship and stopped the world rippers. It was then that the Reach said that the Negotiator was acting on his own allowing the Green Lantern Corps from destroying the Reach and allowing them to get away. Leaving Booster Gold to rescue Jaime before the ship’s destruction. However, the Scarab revealed that it has told it’s “people” what the Reach really were and would now rebel against their enslavers. After a few weeks, Wayne Industries rebuilt the Reyes’ home and Jaime returned to his family intending to live his life as a hero and knowing that the Blue Beetle legacy was in good hands.

There we go, Jaime Reyes. I’ll talk to everyone later, hopefully it’ll be a better day.

There we have it

Give Peacemaker a chance

Posted in Profiles by mrread7 on March 25, 2008

As we continue Blue Beetle week, I get to not only talk about one supporting cast member but also a former member of the Sinestro Corps, Peacemaker. When Blue Beetle launched two years ago, Peacemaker was brought back from limbo and placed as a supporting cast member. As a man trying to make up for his past but also becoming a pawn of the evil Reach against the Blue Beetle. Peacemaker is a very complicated character and the lat two years have made him a favorite in my book.

The Peacemaker is Christopher Smith, a pacifist diplomat so committed to peace that he was willing to use force as a superhero to advance the cause, uses an array of special non-lethal weapons. He also founds the Pax Institute. Most of the villains he goes up against are dictators and warlords.
Smith later learns that his peace-through-violence efforts were the result of a serious mental illness brought on by the shame of having a Nazi death camp commandant for a father. He believes his father’s spirit haunts him continually and criticizes his every move, even as he tries to live down his past. Becoming a particularly deadly vigilante who would kill at the slightest notice, he begins to believe that the ghosts of the people he killed, or who were killed in his vicinity, are collected inside his helmet and can offer him advice and commentary. For a time, the Peacemaker serves as a U.S. government agent under the auspices of Checkmate, a special-forces unit, hunting down for terrorists until own his behavior becomes too extreme. He eventually crashes a helicopter to destroy tanks controlled by the supervillain Eclipso and is reported dead.[1]
His soul shows up in the realm of Purgatory in the Day of Judgement series. A team of heroes has shown up to recruit the soul of Hal Jordan. The guardians of Purgatory do not like this and Peacemaker, along with other dead vigilantes, rally and provide enough of a distraction so the group can return to Earth.

Later, Mitchell Black, a surgeon, was recruited by the “Peacemaker Project”, an organization unaffiliated with the Pax Institute and the US government’s “Project Peacemaker”. Black would reappear in the miniseries titled L.A.W. (Living Assault Weapons), reunited with the other heroes acquired from Charlton. He appeared to have been killed by the supervillain Prometheus in Infinite Crisis #7. Another individual appearing in the current Blue Beetle series has claimed both Smith’s name and the Peacemaker identity, both things confirmed by several hints, such as his catchphrase of “loving peace so much, he’d kill for it.” spoken by La Dama to define him. However, divested of his trademark helmet, he was shown using the ‘Mitchell Black’ identity before settling again on his real name. A year prior his meeting with Jamie, during a fight against Intergang, he found himself in a Bialyan pyramid that happened to be the same one Dan Garrett found the scarab in years before. While in there, he accidentally came into contact with alien technology that gave him the ability to receive the scarab’s database in his mind, and explaining the inability of the Reach in controlling Garrett and Reyes: if the scarab was taken away with a partly functioning A.I., the higher instructions, included the ones needed by the Reach to control the host, were left in the pyramid, then downloaded into Smith’s mind. Upon witnessing Jamie’s rebellion, and as Reach technology can support only one fully functional scarab for planet, Peacemaker himself was implanted with a scarab, left dormant until a Sinestro Corps Power Ring upon reading the Reach A.I. as a conscious mind, assign him the control of Space Sector 2, the one Reach Empire came from. He is sent to kill Jaime, but Jaime enters the scarab’s signal and with the help of his tamed Scarab A.I. helps Smith in facing his inner fears, as his Nazi father. Gathering enough courage for a last stand, he forcibly cuts the scarab from his spine leaving him injured, but not dead. He later recovered and helped to protect Jaime’s family with Tracie 13 and La Dama against the Reach, while Jaime attacked the alien enslavers.

There you have it, Peacemaker everyone. See everyone later, dinner is cooking and my day had a major upset I’m still getting over. Let’s just say, get your cash first before making a decent exchange.

The true hero, Ted Kord

Posted in Profiles by mrread7 on March 24, 2008

Continuing from yesterday with Blue Beetle week, is Ted Kord. Ted is probably one of the most fan favorites around even long before his death that kicked off Infinite Crisis two years ago. Ted was technically the poor man’s Batman, even though he had his own company and plenty of money and success. However, a lot of heroes didn’t take the guy seriously, considering what happened during the Justice League International (thanks a lot max). The one thing that made Ted stand out was that he never gave up. No matter how stupid or hard the case, he would stick to his guns and find a way to solve a crime or mystery. It was these same ethics that forged such a strong friendship with Booster Gold. Since Ted wast he only one to really believe in him and later with Wonder Woman. Here’s Ted’s story:

Ted Kord was a genius-level inventor and a gifted athlete, sharing much more in common with the Fox original than did Charlton’s earlier reimagining of the character.
Kord’s signature equipment was his bug-shaped personal aircraft, which he entered and exited typically with a cable suspended from the cockpit. He also generally eschewed personal weaponry except for a pistol that made a blinding flash of light and, additionally, a strong airblast to gain the advantage when he closed in for hand-to-hand combat.Ditko is best known as the co-creator (with Stan Lee) and original artist of Spider-Man at Marvel Comics. While Blue Beetle and Spider-Man have some similar characteristics, such as being wise-cracking, acrobatic, arthropod-themed urban heroes, they evolved into very different characters. Both characters are accomplished inventors (Ted Kord is considered one of the premier minds of the DC Universe), great athletes, and skilled acrobats. Both characters also have strong, if sometimes ill-timed, senses of humor that they use to mask their insecurities — more so in the case of the Beetle, who has no powers of his own (and in later years has to deal with occasional weight gain). On the other hand, the Beetle has none of the angst associated with brooding vigilantes like Batman. Unlike Spider-Man, Blue Beetle usually operates in a group rather than alone, but like Spidey, he is a loyal friend. In fact, Beetle has been the best friend of the slightly selfish superhero Booster Gold when the two were paired in the Justice League, and they would continue to feature as a double act until the end of said superhero team.
The Ted Kord Blue Beetle ran as a backup feature in Captain Atom #83-86 (Nov. 1966 – June 1967) before getting his own title, which ran from #1-5 (June 1967 – Nov. 1968). A sixth issue was produced, but published in the Charlton Portfolio by CPL/Gang. The Question ran as a backup series, with the fifth issue featuring a quasi-team-up in which the Blue Beetle story continues in part in the Question tale.
An origin was given in #2, linking Ted Kord to the previous Blue Beetle. Ted was revealed as a former student of Dan Garrett, and when they were investigating Ted’s Uncle Jarvis, they learned Jarvis was working to create an army of androids to take over Earth. Garrett changed into Blue Beetle, but was killed in the battle. As he died, he passed on the responsibility of being Blue Beetle to Ted, but wasn’t able to pass on the mystical scarab, a convenient means for Ditko to explain his preferred power-free character. There was a hint that one android was still left in stasis, but this would remain unresolved until the DC series of the late 1980s.
In the early 1980s, the first issue of Charlton’s anthology comic Charlton Bullseye, featured a team-up of the Blue Beetle and the Question. Later, AC Comics would publish a story intended for Charlton Bullseye in Americomics #3, and a one-shot of a team-up of all the Charlton “Action Heroes”, as the company called its lineup.

DC acquired the Charlton heroes in the mid-1980s, and used the Crisis on Infinite Earths crossover event to integrate them all into the DC Universe. During this period Blue Beetle had his own series, written by Len Wein. Also published during this time was Secret Origins #2 (cover illustrated by Gil Kane), which explained the origins and careers of the Ted Kord and Dan Garrett Blue Beetles in the post-Crisis continuity. They would also follow up on the hinted android in stasis from the Charlton series, which would eventually become ‘Carapax, the Indestructible Man’.
Ted Kord was sometimes shown as an industrialist, the owner of Kord Industries; more often he was short on money, leading to his entering “get-rich-quick” schemes with Booster Gold.
A brief appearance in JLA: Year One showed the young Ted working in Kord Industries R&D, where he designed the JLA HQ security system. Upon meeting the heroes he thought, “Screw the family business. I want to be one of those guys”, possibly explaining the company’s fluctuating status since he took over. In recent comics, it has been implied that Kord Industries has become a subsidiary of Wayne Enterprises, headed by Bruce Wayne, also known as Batman. Blue Beetle is probably best known as the wisecracking member of Keith Giffen and J.M. DeMatteis’s lighthearted, five-year run on various Justice League of America titles (notably Justice League International), where he was memorably partnered with fellow third-string hero Booster Gold, and the two quickly became best friends. Among fans, they were known collectively as the “Blue and Gold” team. For a while, Beetle grappled with a weight problem, but with sheer determination and coaching from the hero General Glory, he defeated it. After Giffen and DeMatteis left, Justice League America continued to run until #113. Dan Jurgens tied the “Death of Superman” storyline into JLA, in which Doomsday left Blue Beetle in a coma during his murderous rampage and a six-inch scar on the back of his skull. Beetle and Booster both subsequently joined the short-lived Justice League offshoot known as Extreme Justice.
Blue Beetle then entered a period of relative obscurity. The miniseries The LAW (Living Assault Weapons) reunited Blue Beetle and the other heroes acquired from Charlton, but the series met with critical disfavor.

In July 2003, Giffen, DeMatteis, and original JLI artist Kevin Maguire reunited for the six-issue miniseries Formerly Known As The Justice League, where many of the original JLI characters re-teamed with a storefront office. Beetle, who had grown in maturity, was an important member of this new team, the “Super Buddies”. A sequel story arc, I Can’t Believe It’s Not The Justice League, was initially slated as a second miniseries but instead ran, delayed, in JLA: Classified #4-9.
Ted made several appearances in Birds of Prey, at first as Oracle’s internet friend and later in person. It was hinted in several issues that Ted had a crush on Oracle. Ted had gone back to his company, but still had many, many problems with it, problems Oracle tried to help resolve. During this time, it was revealed he had a heart condition, but this did not stop him from assisting when it was needed. After his death (see below) the Birds Of Prey visited a statue in Valhalla Cemetery (built in his honour, Birds of Prey #96). Black Canary revealed that being in the JLA was only fun when Blue Beetle was there. Oracle revealed that she had had a cyber crush on him.In the 80-page special Countdown to Infinite Crisis, published on March 30, 2005, Blue Beetle discovered a renewed Checkmate organization led by Maxwell Lord, former bankroller of the JLA, headquartered in a Belgium castle fortress, where Beetle was captured. Lord revealed to Blue Beetle that his intent was to use the organization to ensure that metahumans, including superheroes, would be kept under surveillance and control by humans. Lord then gave Beetle an ultimatum to join his organization. When Kord refused, Lord murdered him with a bullet to the head.
That same story had earlier reiterated that Ted Kord had thought the scarab destroyed back in Blue Beetle vol.6 #18 (1987); however, it had been rediscovered, untouched, in a temple in Egypt, and handed over to Kord. It is unclear as to whether or not this is the same scarab created from a piece of future technology magically infused by Nabu the Wizard in the Time Masters mini-series featuring Rip Hunter. Shazam took the scarab upon encountering Kord, fueling speculation about the possibility of the character’s return during DC’s Infinite Crisis series. This possibility was dashed when it was asked in the Wizard World convention if Kord would ever return. Writer Greg Rucka stated, “There was a breeze blowing through his brain, and he was incinerated. How much clearer can it be?”
It should be noted, however, that particular situation occurred before the arch-villains of Infinite Crisis succeeded in altering reality and reforming Earth and the universe with a slightly different history.

The death of Ted Kord precipitated the events of Infinite Crisis.

The reorganization of Brother Eye and the OMAC project.

Max Lord is revealed as a villain and takes telepathic control of Superman, which led to Wonder Woman being forced to kill Lord.

Shazam warns Ted about Lex Luthor, who supposedly straddled the worlds of magic and science. Events in Infinite Crisis #3 revealed this to be Alexander Luthor, Jr. in disguise.

Booster Gold returns to the 25th century. He later returns to the present with Skeets to help find Brother Eye. The success of the mission puts Booster back into the spotlight and sets in motion the events of 52.

The young teenager Jaime Reyes would later discover the scarab and become the new Blue Beetle. J’onn J’onzz has a statue of him in his memorial to fallen Justice League members. When recruiting members for the new Justice League, Superman suggests Booster Gold, and Batman responds “There are better ways to honor Ted.”
An individual that looks like Ted as Blue Beetle has shown up in Manhunter vol. 3 #27 (January 2007), before Wonder Woman’s trial for the death of Max Lord. Claiming to be amnesiac, and have forgotten all about his trip in Switzerland, he manages to gain Manhunter’s trust. Fooling Wonder Woman’s lasso with evasive remarks as answers, he’s finally discovered by Batman’s DNA test as Everyman, the cannibalistic shapeshifter of Infinity, Inc. and subdued by Manhunter herself.
In Geoff Johns’ 2007-08 ongoing Booster Gold series, Booster agrees to help Rip Hunter set right the timeline, but at a cost: Rip must help Booster go back and save Ted. Rip Hunter, however, tries to shock Booster Gold into acknowledging his inability to change past “solidified” events, tricking him into witnessing Barbara Gordon’s crippling assault over and over again. As Booster Gold is going to accept his fate, a futuristic Blue Beetle appears with Dan Garrett and Jaime Reyes in tow to show him how to turn the time around Ted’s death into “malleable time.” Booster Gold betrays Rip Hunter, and with the other Beetles’ help, rescue Ted Kord from death at the hands of Maxwell Lord.[5] The four Beetles escape together in time, the technology used to save Blue Beetle preserving the future events the way they were meant to unfold (thus enabling Jaime to keep his powers and his role as the “new” Beetle), with the world at large still believing Ted Kord to be deceased. The story arc, “Blue and Gold” reveals that this act has altered the present, creating a timeline where Max and his OMAC’s have turned the world into a police state.

There’s a lot going on with Ted right now and depending on how Blue & Gold wraps up this summer will reveal the final fate of the Blue Beetle. If you ask me, Ted is going to do what he has always done, be a hero.

It’s Blue Beetle Week

Posted in Uncategorized by mrread7 on March 23, 2008

Hello everyone, I hope everyone had a safe and happy Easter. Well, I got some news that I might be baby sitting a friend of ours baby. So, I decided to kick things off here. Now believe it or not, not only is the Blue Beetle hugely connected to Booster Gold but is largely connected to Green Lantern even if no one knew it for over 60 years (both directly and indirectly). The Blue Beetle has been a favorite of mine for a number of years and in fact I ran a Blue Beetle site for a few months. Problem was, the site was having huge server problems and no one was really flocking to it. So, I shut it down but I stayed reading Blue Beetle and writing monthly views for (shameless promotion). Any who… we’re going to kick it all off with a look at the original Blue Beetle, Dan Garret. Now, truth be told my grandpa told me about Dan a long time ago when the JLI was being published by DC back in the 80’s. He didn’t remember the character very much and I told him this guy was the second one. I would spend the next 10 years getting to love the Blue Beetle and I figured this was the best way to kick off Blue Beetle week and close up Booster Gold month. So, let’s get to the first and brightest.

The original Blue Beetle, Dan Garrett, first appeared in Fox Comics’ Mystery Men Comics #1 (Aug. 1939), with art by Charles Nicholas Wojtkowski (as Charles Nicholas) (though the Grand Comics Database tentatively credits Will Eisner as the scripter.) A rookie police officer, he used special equipment, a bulletproof costume (sometimes) and a superstrength-inducing “vitamin”, and the assistance of a neighborhood pharmacist to fight crime. He starred in a comic book series, comic strip and radio serial but, like most Golden Age superheroes, he fell into obscurity in the 1950s. The comic book series saw a number of anomalies in publication: 19 issues, #12 through #30, were published through Holyoke Publishing; no issue #43 was published; publication frequency varied through the run; and there were gaps where issues were not published, with large ones occurring in early 1947 and between mid-1948 and early 1950.
In the mid-1950s, Fox Comics went defunct and sold rights to the Blue Beetle to Charlton Comics. That company published a few sporadic adventures of the Golden Age character before revamping the hero in 1966. In Dan Garrett’s revised origin, he was an archeologist who found a magical Egyptian artifact, resembling a scarab,which he used to fight crime. Charlton tried three times to use the character to carry a self titled series. Two of the attempts retained the numbering of a previous title. These also were eventually replaced with new titles that carried on the numbering.
The new series was short-lived, and in 1967, Charlton introduced Ted Kord, a student of Dan Garrett’s who took on the role when Garrett died. Kord was an inventor hero, using a variety of gadgets. With the rest of the Charlton line-up, he was sold to DC Comics in 1983 and appeared with several superhero groups, including the Justice League.
In 2006, DC introduced a new Blue Beetle, teenager Jaime Reyes whose powers are derived from the scarab, now revealed as a piece of advanced alien technology.

The original Golden Age Blue Beetle was Dan Garrett, son of a police officer killed by a criminal. This Fox Feature Syndicate version of the character debuted in Mystery Men Comics #1 (Aug. 1939), and began appearing in his own 60-issue series shortly thereafter.
Rookie patrolman Dan Garrett donned a bulletproof costume (described by Garrett as being made of a chain-mail which was “as thin and light as silk”), and temporarily gained superhuman strength from ingesting the mysterious vitamin 2X.
The supporting cast remained fairly stable throughout this original run, and included Joan Mason, a crime reporter for the Daily Blade who would ultimately star in her own backup stories, and Mike Mannigan, Dan’s stereotypically Irish partner on the force. Dr. Franz, a local pharmacist and inventor of the bulletproof suit and 2X formula, played a large role in the first few issues, but eventually faded from the cast.
A popular character of the era, he had his own short-lived comic strip, drawn by a pseudonymous Jack Kirby and others, and a radio serial that ran for 48 thirteen-minute episodes. When superheroes fell out of vogue in the late 1940s, Fox downplayed the Beetle’s superheroic aspects (his superhuman abilities were removed) and eventually relegated him to a host for true crime stories before the character went on hiatus. Charlton Comics obtained the rights to the Blue Beetle, and reprinted some stories in its anthology titles and in a four-issue Blue Beetle reprint series numbered 18-21.
During the genesis of the Silver Age of Comics, Charlton would revise Garrett’s character for a new Blue Beetle series. Charlton’s new Blue Beetle retained the original’s name, but none of his powers or origin. This Beetle was archaeologist Dan Garrett, who obtained a number of superhuman powers (including enhanced strength, flight and the ability to generate lightning) from a mystical scarab he found during a dig in Egypt, where it had been used to imprison an evil mummified Pharaoh. He would transform into the Blue Beetle by saying the words “Kaji Dha!” This version by writer Joe Gill and artist Tony Tallarico was played at least initially for camp, with stories like “The Giant Mummy who was Not Dead”.
Dan Garrett briefly returned in Blue Beetle (vol. 6), resurrected by his mystical scarab to battle against his successor. He can be seen in flashback stories.

The Charlton version of Dan Garrett was spotlighted in the second issue of DC’s 1980s Secret Origins series, in which his origin was retold along with that of Ted Kord. Subsequent appearances by Dan Garrett (in flashback stories) include guest spots or cameos in Infinity Inc., Captain Atom, JLA: Year One and Legends of the DC Universe. Booster Gold vol. 2, #2 (2007) established that the DC Comics incarnation of the Daniel Garrett Blue Beetle made his debut on August 14, 1939. The Jamie Reyes Blue Beetle has met Daniel’s granddaughter, Danielle. He also met Dan himself in Booster Gold vol. 2, #6.

You have to love the people at Wiki, I give them a shout out as much as possible. Anyhow, I doubt we’ve seen the last of Dan, as long as Danielle Garrett is telling Jaime his stories and we have Booster Gold around. I’m sure Dan will continue to entertain and make us root for him for years to come. Later everyone.

The good brother, Harvid

Posted in Profiles by mrread7 on March 21, 2008

Wrapping up yet another week on the spotlight, we turn to veteran Green Lantern, Harvid. This red skinned GL has been around since the eighties and pretty much disappeared around the same time. In the last year, Harvid has been coming back into the lime light since his brother, Haasp is now part of the Sinestro Corps. However, Haasp is second brother of Harvid’s to go bad. There was one long before him. I’ll let the wonderful people at the GL Corps tell the first half of the story.

A Green Lantern for over one hundred years, Harvid was forced into retirement by the Guardians of the Universe. Although he had no duties to perform, he was allowed to keep his power ring. His quiet life was spent in his garden, tending his plants.
Harvid first became a Green Lantern around the time Ghanrik, his brother, had disappeared. Harvid was proud of his abilities, but he knew his limitations. He would later fight Ghanrik, who controlled destructive heat blast powers.
After overpowering him, Harvid gave Ghanrik over to the Guardians who placed him in solitary confinement for one hundred years. Although he became older, the imprisonment seemed to retard some of the effects Ghanrik’s aging.
Ghanrik returned to face his brother after so many years had past between them. As the two battled, a storm brewed, the rain lashing at the two combatants.
The years had weakened them, yet they continued to fight. Behind them, a dam overflowed to the breaking point.
Harvid braced the dam with the power of his ring, Ghanrik used his heat blast to fuse the weakened material. Working as one, they held the dam together. After the storm broke, the two shared a bottle of wine and finally made peace.

Despite the happy ending for Ghanrik, the same couldn’t be said for Harvid’s other brother, Haasp the Hunter. After Haasp went mad during his hunting of sentient beings, Harvid had Haasp committed to a science cell on Oa and wanted retirement from the Corps, which he did just before Emerald Twilight and the fall of the Corps at the hands of Parallax. Haasp escaped during this time and following the restarting of the Green Lantern Corps a few years later. Harvid made it his mission to find his missing brother and bring him back in the name of justice. Things changed when Haasp was made a member of the Sinestro Corps and the two have been clashing since the Sinestro Corps War. However, every time Harvid tries to capture his brother he hesitates due to their relation. Most recently in Sector 2937, Harvid failed to capture his brother again and faced an army of Manhunters until Alpha-Lantern Boodikka saved him from the robots but put him on watch. Telling him to capture Haasp and not to hesitate again or he would be kicked out of the corps. Now, Harvid searches space for his evil brother knowing if he has too, he might have to kill him when they face off again.

Talk about the Cain and Able relationship going on here, even more, Haasp will be showing up again during the War of Light in early 2009. So, it’s safe to say these two are going to be going at it while they are facing the other 5 Lantern Corps. Well, that’s it for this week, everyone have a safe and happy Easter and I’ll be back to wrap up Booster Gold month with Blue Beetle week. See you then.

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