Another week, another set of zero issues from DC Comics. Blue Beetle, a somewhat underappreciated and lesser known DC title, tries its hand at what has been an underwhelming attempt to get more people on board with the New 52. Here is your Major Spoilers review!
Or – “Intergalactic! Planetary! Planetary, Intergalactic!”
I’m fascinated by how DC has handled their relaunched properties. Now that the heroes have half a year’s issues or so under their belt, we’re starting to see crossovers occurring between titles that actually MAKE SENSE crossing over. But, the question becomes, are the stories they’re telling advancing our characters, or just cross-pollinating the new world order?
As DC continues its New 52 reboot, and Earth-2 is coming on line, there is the potential to have multiple characters running around with the same name. Blue Beetle is one of those characters that has fractured fans across the ages – some prefer the Golden Age, others Ted Kord, while still others prefer Jamie Reyes.
Or – “Relaunching A Character From The Long-Ago Year 2006…”
When DC first announced that they were going to relaunch all their titles with a new #1, I worried that all the same characters were going to come back. Thankfully, the lineup is a bit more diverse (in more ways that one) than the post-Brightest Day offerings, and more importantly, characters like Blue Beetle would get another shot in the limelight. But will it take this time?
DC has quietly given a couple of the larger, more cooperative comic book websites (i.e. not Bleeding Cool or Major Spoilers), a sneak peek at two more number one books set to debut during the relaunch.
The CW has released a series of still images from the upcoming Smallville episode featuring Blue Beetle and Booster Gold.
Entertainment Weekly is reporting that Eric Martsolf (Days of Our Lives) has been hired to play Booster Gold in an upcoming episode of Smallville titled “Booster”. Joining the hero from the future will be Jaren Brandt Bartlett as Jaime Reyes, the Blue Beetle. Add to this news the rumor that Ted Kord will make an appearance in the episode as well. Geoff Johns, who is writing the episode, says Kord will be played by Sebastian Spence.
It’s really too bad, Warner Bros., DC, and the CW waited until the final two season to start rolling out other DC characters. Had they done this eight years ago, we might already have a Justice League movie in theaters.
While the Justice League and Avengers are the big two teams that most comic book readers are aware of, it was Justice League International that really got me into the team concept. While that series did feature a lot of fun stories, it was the teaming of Booster Gold and Blue Beetle that had me coming back for more.
This week, the Comic Casting Couch teams Michael Carter and Ted Kord in the first real superhero buddy movie – The Blue and the Gold!
When Batman: The Brave and the Bold – The Videogame arrives fans will not only get to play Batman, but Blue Beetle, and a number of other heroes as well.
Batman: The Brave and the Bold the Videogame fully immerses fans into the vivid animated world of the successful TV series where kids can play as Batman or together with family and friends in two-player co-op mode. Players can choose from iconic characters ROBIN, GREEN LANTERN, BLUE BEETLE, along with drop-in heroes such as AQUAMAN to help solve puzzles and fight foes. The game also features the majority of the great voice talent responsible for characters in the animated TV series.
The image above shows Blue Beetle and Batman in action as the duo fight gorillas.
Lately There has been a resurgence of talk about racial politics in comic books. On one side, certain minority superheroes whose original portrayals were controversial are gaining more prominent roles in their respective universes. On the other, the nostalgia-driven changes, especially at DC, are having the unfortunate (and admittedly unintentional) effect of eliminating certain minority characters in favor of the all-white all-stars of the silver age.
When you work in the animation and special effects industry your reel is the thing that is going to keep you in business. Scaddude (aka Rommel Calderon) may have just ruined Geoff Johns’ chance to stand in the spotlight at the San Diego Comic-Con where he is planning on showing off the Blue Beetle live action footage, by dumping the shots into his most recent demo reel.
That being said – I like this guy’s work, and since my son and I are just now getting into Ben10, it’s nice to see that at the top of the reel.