([identity profile] wrote in [community profile] scans_daily2009-07-06 06:08 am

End Game: Blue Beetle 22-25

I'm shocked there's been so little reposted of most recent Blue Beetle series. Jaime and his family are awesome and every guest star comes off looking great.

So I've decided to post some scans of the End Game arc by Rogers. Sailorlibra did post some of BB 25 so I had to adjust my scans accordingly. These new rules are fine for new issues but they can really constrain compilation posts.

we start with issue 22. Jaime's just saved a couple of guys from being overrun by lava and snaps at them for getting over run by something that moves so slow. He apoligizes and then briefly explains what's happened in past issues


we got Dan Garrett's granddaughter, Ted Kord's bug and Jaime right there. Dani's kind of delightfully goofy. Jaime is as practical as always. There are other ways to find out. More superheroes need to be reminded of that.



Bianca Reyes is awesome isn't she? During the Sinestro War a yellow ring honed in on Peacemaker then the Reach dropped a second scarab to Earth to help it take him over in hopes of some gratitude from Sinestro and a chance to take down Jaime. Jaime and the Scarab got inside his head and freed him, then Peacemaker dug the scarab out of him like Bianca describes here.


Alberto faces down La Dama with her goons and tells her if she wants to talk to Brenda then she needs to come without the weapons and the thugs.

Below ground Dani and Jaime discover what seems to be the remains of a lost civilization. They're attacked by TOVAR THE LAVA KING!


Jaime has the sad duty of revealing to Tovar that he and his people that they're all fake. His memories and his people were created by the Reach as part of a plan to eventually enslave the Earth. The Reach are watching though and try to destroy this evidence.



Tovar covers there retreat. Look at Jaime knowing just what to say to encourage him. Someone like Superman would be all like "You don't have to be what they made you to be, you can create your own memories." But Jaime realizes that if you are your memories, then the Reach created a hero right there.


Jaime's pissed. The funny thing is I didn't notice the part 1 in the title so I wasn't expecting this to lead to a major arc. It works well as a standalone that merely acknowledges the overall storyline of the book in my opinion.

Onto issue 23. There's so much great stuff in the early paged I decided to mostly go with that. Jaime's preparing to enact his plan, talking with his family and friends.


What would Ted Kord do? That's become a very important question for the current Blue Beetle. In issue fifteen Guy Gardner told him about the second BB and provided him with some notebook and strategy books belonging to Ted



that grind-y thing with his teeth. Maybe when Jaime becomes a dentist RObin can go to him. The sad thing is it's a year later, the roster is different, yet the character dynamic of the Titans still works like that.

The one thing I don't agree with is Jaime's reluctance to talk to othr heroes. He's made a very good impression on several heroes. They'd at least help him investigate.

I think Jaime could probably take Superman now. The weapons he has available and he can create Kryptonite radiation.



Jaime's right though. The Reach are panicking. Except for Dawur. One of the smartest lackies in comics I think.


Jaime took a parents words to heart without having to lose him. But at the same time he's telling his parents he knows better he's still very respectful to them.

Initially I thought the images in the sky were just artists helping out the fans, but with Jaime apparently partially armoring up last page I think he actually projected them to help get his point across. And of course Milagro is wise beyond her years

I've always felt teen superheroes should be more mature than average, despite authors trying to make them less so, but apparently it extends to families as well.

Following this Jaime armors up and dives down into the Bleed and uses it's time dilation affects to basically appear in three places at once. The Reach think he's trying to pull some world rippers into real space. They reinforce the devices shielding though and he seems to fail.

Negotiator has just started gloating.


I love the stuff Negotiator goes through trying to figure out Jaime.

Turns out what Jaime was actually doing was trying to get info to triangulate the location of the Reach mothership. He finds them and attacks. He puts up a good showing but is eventually captured. He's brought before Negotiator and has to watch as his hom is blown up.


In issue 24 we start off with the Reyes family's rescue.


Traci 13 knows how to introduce herself. Save their lives and bring cookies. Also, Milagro has good taste.


Again Dawur is the more practical off the two of them.

"Heroism" is not an acceptable scientific explanation" Yet it's the right one.

Jaime wills himself to his feet and using a codeword the Scarab left in his head he opens his cell.


Paco, Brenda, Traci and the Reyes are on the move, running from attacking aliens but Bianca is still asking practical questions.


Dawur and his forces track them down and continue the attack. Traci launches an attack using magical bees that mocks Amazons attack.



I love that line!

Dawur has one of the troops zap the spot everyone was last seen and they're revealed.


The crime boss makes the save. And despite having a bum leg Alberto Reyes is still a father and a soldier. I don't remember if we knew that Alberto had been fighting aliens when he was in the military or not.

Jaime heads for the engine room and enters a code in the main computer that no one can figure out, but is captured again and brought back to Negotiator.

Dawur calls in an air strike and Bianca tells Brenda to get Milagro to safety. She assures her she's not dismissing her, but Jaime says Brenda's unstoppable. That's why she's trusting her to do it. Brenda gets Paco and they run.

There's an attack that knocks Branda out though and we get this reaction shot.


I don;t think this has ever been included in one of these before. I always kind of overlooked it. But Biance Reyes is a nurse. Not a soldier or cop, but she just fits in perfectly well between her husband, a former soldier and an ex-superhero.


A tribute to Ted Kord's death.



Now as I said I had to make some adjustments to issue 25. It's Jon Rogers fault as much as anything though. When I was putting together scans I was thinking how it'd be nice to be able to include more than 7 1/3 pages. I was sure the book was larger than normal.

But no, it's the normal 22 pages. Rogers put more awesome in a single issue than some writers do in entire miniseries.

Maybe it was concentrated and we were supposed to dilute it with water.

The first page of the book is scenes of Dan Garrett and Ted Kord trying to get the scarab to work and Jaime saying Khaji Da. The next two have the Scarab waking up from where it was studied, flying to Jaime and remerging with him. It's taken Khaji Da as it's name, when it was orignally it's function and serial number. The ship has shut down but the code Jaime put in hasn't activated. We find out his code was nothing more than his locker combo, social security number and Milagro's birthday. The shut down is all Khaji Da's doing

Anywhere here's the pages where Guy and Ice arrive.



Love that hero pose with Milagro.


I was going to include the one with guy and part of this page. Alberto knows all the right things to say.

Meanwhile Jaime is hacking the Reach's communications and a satelite Batman sent into space is active all of a sudden.


You know Superman usually has to work to traumatize Luthor that badly. Jaime's jsut doing it so casually.

Turns out Dani hand delivered it to Oracle, who wonders is she knows Misfit the way she babbles. Everyone on Earth now knows the Reach's plans and start demanding a surrender.

Negotiator decides if they can't have Earth they'll blow it up and tries to force the world rippers to activate.

On Earth Fire arrives, representing Checkmate


Brenda and Paco are running with Milagro. Paco stops them and kisses Brenda after working up the nerve. He was afraid had died in the earlier attack.

Dawur attacks. Brenda tackles Milagro, Paco shoots at him, but misses and gets hit himself.


So he's an alien three times her size and with weapons. She's not going to let him hurt Paco. And Paco is undefeated with a stick in his hands.

Jaime find that Negotiator has locked out the engines after he set them to overload. So he takes the option to block the feedback circuit they're in manually.



Booster GOld to the rescue. My only complaint is the way they drew it Negotiator was obviously out of reach. I wish Jaime had been extending a line or soemthing out to him. But honestly it's perfect emotionally.


And everyone is reunited, safe and happy. The Reach are just able to leave, claiming Negotiattor went Rogue. Guy holds up a big ass EXIT sign for them. We find out Khaji Da had a long talk with the other Scarabs(which does come back to bite Jaime in the ass, but it can easily be fixed to a mostly good thing I think) and Wayne Enterprises rebuilds the Reyes' house. Everyone gets together for a barbeque, where Guy is sure all of them coming together has something to do with Batman and Jaime muses on the past and future of the Blue Beetle line.

Absolutely the best story arc I ever read.

[identity profile] 2009-07-06 03:48 pm (UTC)(link)
I like to assume between saving and returning Jaime Booster had the arc with the Beetles in his own title.

[identity profile] 2009-07-06 04:06 pm (UTC)(link)
You know what I love about Danni Garrett's comment? Someone read her Kord-slash-inventions file and was expecting Ted/Bug Real Hero Fic.

[identity profile] 2009-07-06 10:51 pm (UTC)(link)
And that someone was named Barbara Gordon.

[identity profile] 2009-07-06 04:26 pm (UTC)(link)
I confess, I still squee (just a tiny bit) whenever I read Jaime saying those two magic words.

The beauty of Rogers' run was really in the way that he made a legacy hero that everybody went in absolutely set to hate and turned that around completely. Ted Kord was pretty much a punchline when he was killed by Maxwell Lord, but people had a real affection for the character still, and were prepared to hate Jaime as much as they did Kyle when he replaced Hal.

Giffen and Rogers, but mostly Rogers, did it right. The main difference between the way Kyle and Jaime were handled was that for Kyle, readers kept being told how awesome he was. With Jaime, we were shown, and saw him grow into that awesomeness. If Kyle had been written like this when he started out, I think people would have been a bit less pissed off about him.

That penultimate issue of the arc, with Jaime revealing backup plan after backup plan even when stripped of his armor and the scarab, always staying at least one step ahead of the bad guys, culminating in that amazing screw you turnaround that Ted never managed to do... It wasn't just a callback to Ted's death - it was a callback to the moment Guy handed Ted's strategy books to Jaime and told him (I'm paraphrasing), "You can beat these guys... but you got to stop acting like a scared kid in powered armor, and start thinking like the Blue Beetle." Ted Kord would have been so, so proud.

I adored this series so much, and if anybody out there is listening, the only reason I was prompted to pick it up was because of the old scans_daily, so there.

[identity profile] 2009-07-06 09:18 pm (UTC)(link)
Concerning Kyle, I'll just say this: Thank god for Grant Morrisson and the way he wrote Kyle in JLA. If they'd had him writing Kyle's book, everyone would've fallen in love with the character already.

[identity profile] 2009-07-06 10:18 pm (UTC)(link)
Enh, even then my mileage varied. I had my own issues with the Morrison/Porter run which I trashed out on USENET in the day.

[identity profile] 2009-07-07 01:39 am (UTC)(link)
Motto, to all of it.

[identity profile] 2009-07-06 05:48 pm (UTC)(link)
This is what got me to buy the trades.
I'm very sad it was cancel and that Rogers had to go.Why did it have to end with a dead?

And right now i'm afraid for BB and Tracy 13 stuck in the deadtrap that is curently Teen Titans.

Since Jaime got all of Tover memories,he could use it to write a serie of books,movies. he did say he would tell peoples about him.

So many perfect scenes.
Also the best invasion storie ever.

[identity profile] 2009-07-07 07:15 am (UTC)(link)
Since Jaime got all of Tover memories,he could use it to write a serie of books,movies. he did say he would tell peoples about him.

I'd read the hell out of that. In-universe, Jaime should start writing Tovar's adventures and get them published as a comic book, probably several miniseries at first, to drum up support for movies and TV shows, maybe a video game.

And in our universe, they release real miniseries as "Blue Beetle Presents: Tovar the Lava King," with forewords from Jaime.

Hey, it'd pay for college. Though I'm sure his parents already have plenty of money set aside for him, plus Jaime will probably get several scholarships, plus Batman probably has everything set up for Jaime too. Redundancy and preparedness are things Batman likes.

[identity profile] 2009-07-06 05:51 pm (UTC)(link)
I always hear about this book that everybody in it is awesome. Then people post from it and everybody in it actually is awesome.

[identity profile] 2009-07-06 06:58 pm (UTC)(link)
It starts out a little rough, but it's totally worth it.

[identity profile] 2009-07-06 07:05 pm (UTC)(link)
I skipped the first trade actualy and started with number 2.

[identity profile] 2009-07-07 02:07 am (UTC)(link)
This makes sense. I read some of the later issues first (before finding it was cancelled), then got the trades. The first trade made me think it was okay, but not really as special as the later issues I'd read. The second trade made everything make a lot more sense and was awesome. And they just got better from there.

[identity profile] 2009-07-06 06:20 pm (UTC)(link)
If you haven't read the books and are trying to keep up/read from just what's been posted here, you're missing so much. Like jlbarnett said, there's so much in these books that some panels have more going on than many books have in 2-page spreads.

I loved this arc so much, and it has so many awesome quotes and actions, but still, by far, my favorite is Paco's "I'm Paco, And I am going to hit you with this stick until you get the #$%$ off my planet."

The whole mechanic with Guy is even more interesting if you'd been reading the series and know his earlier reactions around Jaime.

The cancellation of this book was a crime, and the last, very rushed feeling issue was disappointing in that they felt they had to make someone into the Black Beetle before it ended. I would have rather seen it end well, and then just have the Black Beetle as some mystery character that no one knows.

Final note: I don't get at all the new hostility of the Scarab in TT. If it ends up removing the final layer of awesome that is Jaime Reyes, DC will have done itself a massive discredit.

[identity profile] 2009-07-06 06:47 pm (UTC)(link)
I kinda got that - that the scarab is now working at full power with full knowledge of everything it could do.

However, I was under the impression, as the arc above shows well, that the scarab made a concious decision to be heroic rather than RAR DESTROYER OF WORLDS HARRR. If this leads up to Jaime being an "evil secret Reach agent" the TT curse string will be complete.

[identity profile] 2009-07-07 07:09 am (UTC)(link)
Damage blew up part of Atlanta very shortly after his powers manifested. Jaime's been the BB for a while now. The Guy analogy still holds, but Guy's usually more of a jackass than violent these days.

[identity profile] 2009-07-07 02:53 am (UTC)(link)
Hector was probably the only person in Jaime's book that wasn't completely grounded, but he didn't really have big issues until the last 2 maybe 3 books. All of a sudden his attitude became harder and then of course...the fridging.

[identity profile] 2009-07-06 08:10 pm (UTC)(link)
fricking epic!

[identity profile] 2009-07-06 08:43 pm (UTC)(link)
I love Jaime. He's awesome. ♥ He's probably my favorite newer character, because he's so friendly and heroic and just all kinds of neat. Definitely a breath of fresh air. We could use more actual heroes in our superhero comics. And his family is totally awesome, too.

2 more reasons why BB is seriously awesome.

[identity profile] 2009-07-06 09:34 pm (UTC)(link)
First off, Traci's clothes rock. She looks sexy and classy and she's wearing actual real clothes that an actual real girl would wear.

Second, how often do we see the mother being professional and competent and taking the big guy down and the father protecting the house? Don't tell me the role-reversal wasn't intentional, I won't believe you.

(La Dama's words that "not matter what, even if we never speak again, you're still my daughter" hit a lot of personal issue buttons. I'm aware they're touching and in no way have the connotation I see them with, but it creeps me out every time.)

Re: 2 more reasons why BB is seriously awesome.

[identity profile] 2009-07-06 11:02 pm (UTC)(link)
Maybe I'm being totally dense-- but what connotation are you seeing with them?

Re: 2 more reasons why BB is seriously awesome.

[identity profile] 2009-07-06 11:32 pm (UTC)(link)
I'm just dragging my own issues into it, probably, but to me the idea that you're always your parents' child even if you try not to, even if you cut all links with them, especially when they're the ones telling you that it doesn't change anything, it sounds threatening rather than rassuring. It's different here since Brenda isn't biologically La Dama's daughter, but I still see shades of never letting the person go and having rights on the other - to the other - because you're their parent.

Re: 2 more reasons why BB is seriously awesome.

[identity profile] 2009-07-07 12:56 am (UTC)(link)
Ah, okay, I see what you're saying now-- I think what she means is more that she'll love Brenda no matter what and less that she'll never let her go or let her move on, which I don't think has anything to do with whether Brenda is La Dama's actual daughter or not-- but I can see where you're coming from.

[identity profile] 2009-07-06 10:49 pm (UTC)(link)
Wow, this is... this is amazing. Really, how did I miss out on this for so long? Clearly I need to start buying the trades. Like, right now.

[identity profile] 2009-07-06 11:17 pm (UTC)(link)
It was extremely odd.

Giffen started the series and it was, honestly, luke warm. Then Rogers took over, shortly after, (Trade 2 or 3). And suddenly it was heading into OMG Great Land, though you didn't really notice. You just started noticing all these awesome moments (I mean Jaime's mom, threatening Guy Gardner..and winning. Awesome)

And then it's all wrapped up with BB 25 which..was rather sad. Awesome awesome arc. But...That was it for Rogers, and the series never got as awesome again, and it went to cancel-land.

So Get the trades. 1 if you want. 2 up through whichever trade has issue 25. Then stop. It's for the best.

[identity profile] 2009-07-07 07:17 am (UTC)(link)
Personally, I think that the first trade is very important. It sets up the "world" of the Blue Beetle, and introduces the reader to Jaime and the bulk of his supporting cast. It contains very little information that won't come up in the following trades, but the character moments are vital.

[identity profile] 2009-07-06 11:24 pm (UTC)(link)

Just thought I'd get that out there. This series never fails to make me smile and wish I was in the DCU. I'd totally date Jaime (if he wasn't already taken).

[identity profile] 2009-07-07 12:56 am (UTC)(link)
I'm facing a massive powerful conspiracy that no one but me believes exists!


...Um, get shot in the head, actually.

...I love Ted dearly too, but that slogan isn't always as applicable as one might hope. :-(

[identity profile] 2009-07-07 01:33 am (UTC)(link)
That's more what Max Lord would do. Evil, out of character Max Lord anyway.

[identity profile] 2009-07-07 06:42 am (UTC)(link)

Why, be awesome, of course.

[identity profile] 2009-07-07 07:11 am (UTC)(link)
And get an awesome heterosexual life partner. Of course, Jaime had that covered even before he got the Scarab.