Blue Beetle

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Real Identity: Jaime Reyes
Affiliation(s): The Team and The Reach
Appearances: Happy New Year, Alienated, Salvage, Beneath, Depths, Satisfaction, Darkest, Before The Dawn, Cornered, True Colors, The Fix, Runaways, War, Complications, The Hunt, Intervention, Summit, and Endgame
Appearances (Comics): Players Chapter One, Players Chapter Two, Players Chapter Three, Players Chapter Four, Players Chapter Five, and Players Chapter Six
Powers/Skills: Energy Weapons and Flight
Voiced By: Eric Lopez

On the night Ted Kord, the Blue Beetle, was murdered by the Light in July Team Year Five, Jaime Reyes stumbled onto the Scarab in the parking lot of Kord Industries. It immediately attached itself to Reyes' spine and he went from an average teenager to a superpowered crime fighter named Blue Beetle. Blue Beetle's armor can morph to suit his needs from a sonic cannon to a battering ram. Unlike most of his peers, Blue Beetle never met his predecessor and lacked both a mentor and proper training. He was often mistaken by the public as the previous Blue Beetle, as well. He had contact with Peacemaker, Captain Atom, and Green Lantern Guy Gardner. They all concluded Reyes was a decent kid. Even Gardner. The Justice League contacted Reyes' parents, who were not privy to his new alter-ego, and was given permission to recruit him since he was still a minor. Mr. and Mrs. Reyes agreed if was going to be a hero, he should learn how to be a hero the right way.

On December 1st, Team Year Five, Nightwing brought Wonder Girl to El Paso to recruit Blue Beetle to the Team. Nightwing felt the latest recruit was most suitable to reach out to the next and between the two of them, she was less likely to provoke a fight or flight incident. Nightwing revealed his relationship with Kord and made his offer to Reyes. Reyes was unsure and the Scarab did not trust Nightwing or Wonder Girl but he agreed to come along with them to Metropolis. Blue Beetle was scanned and given the designation A-12 in S.T.A.R. Labs before Alpha Squad took a Zeta to Gotham City. In the battle against the Collector of Worlds, Scarab informed Reyes it could neutralize the robot's attack. Together with Sphere, Blue Beetle succeeded but The Collector was more astonished to see a Reach warrior among the Earthlings. In the aftermath of the mission, Blue Beetle officially joined the Team despite Scarab's objection and was assigned the designation B-22. Blue Beetle often argued outloud with his suit, often leaving his teammates perplexed.

On January 1st, Team Year Six, he was assigned to Delta Squad and participated in a mission involving tracking down Clayface in Gotham City. On January 4th, Blue Beetle was assigned to Gamma Squad with Robin and Lagoon Boy. During the confrontation with the Kroloteans, its leader recognized Blue Beetle and ordered an evacuation. The armor notified Reyes the base was set to self destruct. Upon capturing a Krolotean, Blue Beetle spoke in its language to learn of an exit to ferry the human prisoners out in time. On January 5th, 17:09 EST, Team Year Six, Blue Beetle and Bumblebee attempted to capture a Krolotean posing as Bibbo Bibbowski. The Krolotean fled Bibbo's Diner on foot and narrowly escaped. Blue Beetle's scans detected no trace of the alien. He then argued with himself much to Bumblebee and Bibbowski's dismay.

On February 13th, Superboy took Blue Beetle with him to investigate Intergang and its possible connection to an alien bomb that destroyed Malina Island. Once Ugly Manheim and Whisper A'Daire were restrained by Blue Beetle, he later modified his sonic cannon to communicate with the Appellaxian Golem. However, the Golem was soon destroyed by Partner. Superboy held the weakened Beetle as he mourned its death. On February 18th, 23:56 MST, Reyes got a call from his friend Tye Longshadow. Longshadow tired of his home situation and decided to run away to Houston. Reyes raced over to the bus depot to talk some sense into him, but when Reyes arrived Longshadow was nowhere in sight. Reyes spent the next 24 hours searching El Paso for him, in vain as Longshadow was shipped to Bialya.

On March 23rd, 18:18 MDT, Reyes was surprised to see Impulse, in full costume, outside his house. Reyes changed into Blue Beetle and went with Impulse out into the desert for male bonding. However, they were attacked by a team of villains led by Kaldur'ahm. They evaded capture and teleported to Mount Justice with alien tech that sabotaged the base's security system. Blue Beetle, Impulse, and Beast Boy were captured and fitted with Proprietary Collars. Reyes refused to go with Scarab's idea prompting the intelligence to take control, disable the collar, and attack. Kaldur'ahm exposed a part of Reyes' chest with mystic energy and Tigress applied a blow dart, rendering Blue Beetle unconscious. On March 30th, Reyes awoke to find his memories of the last eight months as Blue Beetle being accessed by a Reach Scientist. When discussion among the Reach shifted to a proposed reboot, Reyes became alarmed when he heard the process would kill him. Impulse freed him from a Containment Pod.

Impulse revealed the true reason he came back to past was to stop Blue Beetle from being placed on-mode, betraying the human race, bringing on the Reach apocalypse, and becoming the biggest villain in history. Reyes refused to believe this revelation but had little time to dwell on it with the Team decimated by Black Beetle. Still too weak to engage him, Reyes surrendered full control of the armor and weaponry to the Scarab. The two Beetles fought to a stalemate but the Team was able to escape with the kidnapped teenagers. During a hull breach, Blue Beetle was sucked out into the Pacific Ocean. Lagoon Boy recovered him and brought him aboard the Bio-Ship. Reyes regained consciousness during the trip back to the surface. He was debriefed by Black Canary at the Taos branch of S.T.A.R. Labs and confirmed his Scarab's connection to the Reach. On April 2nd, he admitted Impulse's apocalyptic revelations to Nightwing, Black Canary, and Captain Atom then implored them to figure out a way to remove the Scarab.

An attempt by the Atom and Bumblebee to remove the Scarab failed. Reyes became scared of the Scarab taking full control of his body permanently. On April 9th, Green Beetle spoke to Blue Beetle through a mind link and revealed there was alternative to removing the Scarab. Later that day, Blue Beetle walked around Taos with Green Beetle and eventually convinced him to use his shape shifting powers to neutralize the Scarab. Blue Beetle was elated when Green Beetle seemingly succeeded and the Scarab went silent. However, Blue Beetle was put back on-mode and became an agent of the Reach. Reyes was conscious of what was happening and could commune with the Scarab but was no longer in control of his own body. On May 13th, Nightwing assigned Blue Beetle to find the four runaway teenagers with powers and convince them to go back to S.T.A.R. Labs for their own safety. He accepted and flew to Taos. To gain their trust, Blue Beetle revealed his secret identity and origin to the teenagers. They still refused to go back to S.T.A.R. so Blue Beetle suggested they go to his ally Green Beetle for help. However, Red Volcano put a damper in Blue Beetle's plans.

Nightwing reassigned Blue Beetle to stop Red Volcano from stealing the head of Amazo. Blue Beetle initially lost and was buried in pavement. He was later freed by an astral form of Tye Longshadow's. Eventually, Blue Beetle discovered Red Volcano was vulnerable to sound. He recklessly blasted both Red Volcano and the S.T.A.R. Labs building with his sonic cannons. The four teenagers ran in to evacuate the workers inside. When Red Volcano threatened to kill the teenagers to solidify its escape, Blue Beetle ignored them and kept attacking. He got close enough to drill a hole in Red Volcano's chest and fired his sonic cannon inside, destroying the robot. Blue Beetle was surrounded by news reporters, allowing the teenagers to run way again. On May 14th, 05:55 MDT, Blue Beetle met with Green Beetle and Black Beetle at Taos Pueblos. On May 26th, Blue Beetle was assigned to Beta Squad with Beast Boy and Impulse and tasked with procuring the Crystal Key by both Nightwing and the Reach. At the conclusion of the mission, Blue Beetle attacked the Team and neutralized all but Arsenal.

On May 27th, 06:04 UTC, Blue Beetle told Nightwing the rest of the Team was caught up in a Boom Tube. He claimed he flew up out of instinct. On Nightwing's orders, Blue Beetle returned home to get some rest. Nightwing soon realized Blue Beetle lied about what happened. On May 28th, 15:04 EDT, the Reach Ambassador held a press conference in front of the United Nations Headquarters. He introduced Blue Beetle to the public at large and credited him with saving the world from Mongul and his Warworld. Blue Beetle took the podium and revealed his secret identity. On May 29th, 12:14 EDT, Blue Beetle appeared with the Ambassador at a press conference outside the United Nations Headquarters to announce the Reach would be giving the Warworld to Earth. On May 30th, Blue Beetle was awarded the International Medal of Valor. On June 13th, 20:28 EDT, Blue Beetle defeated Toyman in Metropolis. At 20:40 MDT, Blue Beetle was attacked by Batgirl and Impulse on a deserted street in El Paso.

Blue Beetle took the bait and was easily trapped by Rocket and Zatanna in a containment field reinforced with magic. He was then taken to a secret Biaylan airstrip where the Scarab was discovered by Dan Garrett in 1939. Zatanna summoned Isis to gather enough power to conduct a ritual aimed at returning the Scarab off-mode. The ritual was a success and Reyes was back in control. While there was some concern, all external signals to the Reach were confirmed to be severed. On June 19th, Blue Beetle took part in the Santa Prisca mission. He took the place of a League of Shadows soldier. During the assault, Blue Beetle managed to immobilize the Reach Ambassador and Scientist with the staple gun. On June 20th, Blue Beetle, Green Beetle, and Aqualad confronted Black Beetle. Blue Beetle managed to resist deletion and in turn destroyed Black Beetle's Scarab during an interface. Blue Beetle later helped prepare the Reach-Tech Eggs for deployment in the simultaneous assaults on the Magnetic Field Disrupters activated by the Reach.

Blue Beetle and Impulse were assigned to Beta Squad and disabled the Disrupter in Taos. Blue Beetle detected one last Disrupter that was shielded by the North Magnetic Pole. Upon arrival, Scarab told Reyes Kid Flash had only 16 seconds before he would cease. It was too late and Kid Flash was vaporized by the chrysalis energy. On July 4th, Blue Beetle observed the Reach's departure from Earth. He was assigned to Gamma Squad, tasked with following up on Batgirl's lead on Vandal Savage's next move.