The Green Lantern Corps Podcast

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


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