Saturday, September 27, 2014

Blue Beetle #2 (Fox) Part 4

WOW! That took longer than expected, but I hope it was worth it Beetlemaniacs! Here are the final 2 stories from the jam packed "Blue Beetle" #2. 

Now...who's ready for issue #3? 

(click the pages to enlarge)

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Futures End: Booster Gold...spoilers ahead!

Spoilers have been warned!

Today, DC released Dan Jurgens' "Futures End: Booster Gold" one-shot. "What does that have to do with the Blue Beetle?" you ask. Well, the entire issue is basically Booster Gold being bounced around from time to time, and Earth to Earth. And two of those times he stops at involve two of our favorite Blue Beetles!

Early on, Booster finds himself witnessing the events of the final issue of the New52's Justice League International. Where we get a quick glimpse of Jaime Reyes, drawn by Will Conrad.

And later, on what appears to be Earth-4, the Charlton Comics based Earth in DC's Multiverse, we get this appearance of good ol' Ted, with art on this segment by Stephen Thompson and Mark Irwin.

I's way too brief an appearance, but it's Ted Kord! The Legion also made a return in the issue (shameless plug for the other blog I work on here!) What does it all mean? That remains to be seen but in my opinion it's good to see Booster, Beetle and the Legion back in action!

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Blue Beetle to Titans?

By now everyone's probably heard that TNT and Warner Brothers are looking to bring DC's Titans to the small screen! Geoff Johns has already indicated it would not necessarily be a "teen" team of Titans, and confirmed that Nightwing, Raven and Starfire were involved...the rest of the team is a mystery at this point. 

Over CBR thought they're offering some speculation on possible members...and one of them is none other than Blue Beetle!

"Warner Bros. has been looking for a place for Jaime Reyes' Blue Beetle for years. He appeared on "Smallville" and was a major part of the later seasons of "Young Justice," and a short, live-action transformation reel wowed the Comic-Con circuit a few years back. Reyes is another legacy hero, of sorts, and would bring some much needed ethnic diversity to the cast."
They make a good point, and it it doesn't stop there (check out the rest of the article, not just for Jaime, but for their other picks). 
It does bring me to a question seems Roy "Speedy/Red Arrow" Harper and Wally "Kid Flash/Flash" West are off the table due to their involvement (or potential involvement in Wally's case) with Arrow and Flash. So...with Ted Kord being teased several times in Arrow, but Atom getting an appearance instead because there were other plans for the character...could Ted, not Jaime, be the Blue Beetle we'll see next? If so, where? Arrow? Titans? His own show? Justice League
Keep your fingers crossed Beetlemaniacs!

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Adventures In The DC Universe #8

I love DC's various animated series..."Batman", "Superman", "Justice League Unlimited"...they were brilliant! Solid writing, simple yet iconic character designs...and more heroes, villains and supporting characters than you could shake a stick at! If I had one complaint was that Blue Beetle never appeared. Luckily, Steve Vance (script), John Delaney (pencils) and Ron Boyd (inks) gave us a little taste of what could have been with "Adventures In The DC Universe" #8!

The BUG has crashed, and Blue Beetle and Booster Gold are left, upside down, arguing about who's fault it was

Queue flashback! Beetle says it all started when his butler interrupted breakfast to bring Booster in. Booster had gotten himself in trouble and needed Ted's help. Booster says that's not it all, and relates how he came to Ted's apartment with a plan to make the team of Blue & Gold a little extra money! A zillionaire's research sub sank, and he needs someone (who's not afraid of the toxic nightmare that is the river it sank in) to bring it up. Booster's pretty confident that between his force field and the BUG, they'll be ok...probably. Booster also told their client that if needed they'd call Superman, a "junior associate" of Blue & Gold. 

Ted starts to second guess things until Booster shows him how much they could earn! Before reaching their destination though, they spot a damsel in distress. "Blue Beetle to the rescue!" Ted shouts, leaving Booster behind and swinging into action. 

The poor girl is being chased, for no apparent reason, by some armored thugs and is grateful for the help of "the Turquoise Tarantula". Ted, a little miffed, corrects her and whisks her up to the safety of the BUG. The thugs bring the fight to the air, so Beetle (not wanting to let Booster get all the glory) puts the ship on autopilot and swings outside on his sky-wire to join the battle...which is just what the "damsel" wanted apparently. 

She reveals a cybernetic hand that interfaces with the BUG's computer and in no time at all...crashes the BUG! She makes reference to a previous, failed, encounter with the League and says she figured she'd smart smaller this time. She sends her thugs in for the kill, but Blue Beetle manages to get back in control of the BUG just in time to send it crashing down on top of the villains. With the femme fatale having gotten away, the boys decide to get back on track for the salvage job...except it's already done...all that's left is the clean-up!

This was a fun, fast paced adventure that makes me even more disappointed we never got to see good ol' Ted on the animated "Justice League Unlimited. 

See you next week!

Monday, September 15, 2014

DC's December Solicitation is Blue!

No, not a new series (sadly) but a SHOWCASE collection of the Len Wein/Paris Cullins run!

On sale JANUARY 28 • 584 pg, B&W, $19.99 US
This value-priced title collects the entire 24-issue run of BLUE BEETLE from the 1980s, including the Beetle’s battles against DC Universe villains Chronos and Dr. Alchemy. Includes appearances by The Question and the Teen Titans in stories from BLUE BEETLE #1-24.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Baltimore Comic Con 2014 Cosplay Spectacular!

So, another Baltimore Comic Con has come and gone. I had a chance to catch up with friends, make some new ones, get some sketches (you'll be seeing those in a few upcoming posts) and get some comics. All in all great time!

And there was cosplay! So much cosplay! Here's just a sampling of what I saw...

"Once Upon a Time" cosplay, Regina the Evil Queen and Rumpelstiltskin

Never seen Mecha-Godzilla and Mothra done before!

Artist and cosplayer Zippertan be sure to check out her Facebook page

I love Labyrinth! And this gender swapped Jareth was awesome!

Black Dynamite...Dyno-mite! Dyno-mite!

These innocent looking folks do a web series, Gotham Underworld, check it out! 
By the way...this Joker was also the Rumpelstiltskin a few pics back!

A first for these two...Miguel & Tulio from "The Road to El Dorado"

I walked up to these 2 from "Gangs of New York" and said,"You boys are an awful long way from the 5 Points"...they were thrilled I got it! 

Oderus of GWAR

I love the girl doing a sexy Scooby...another first for me!

Gender swapped Blue Beetle! Yes!

Shaun and Ed, and gender swapped Shaun and Ed...they had some red on them, lol

Luchador Venom

It almost looks like Black Manta farted and Space Ghost smelled it...

Very cool Beetlejuice and Lydia

This gender swapped pair may have been my favorite of the weekend!