“Dead Ted” Part I of II
Writer/Artist: Dan Jurgens
Additional Art: Mike Norton
Inker: Norm Rapmund
Editor: Michael Siglain
While Booster Gold revisits Ted Kord’s memorial service, Black Lantern Blue Beetle rises and attacks Daniel Carter. Skeets recruits Jaime Reyes, the new Blue Beetle, to aid him in protecting Carter, but they are outmatched. Booster returns from his trip in the time stream and is horrified to see that his best friend has returned from the dead…
Pages 1-3: This “memory download” is a brief summary of both Booster Gold and Blue Beetle’s origins, as well as how they met and what their relationship is like.
Page 4: Blue Beetle II, real name Theodore Stephen “Ted” Kord. First appeared in Captain Atom (first series) #83. Killed in Countdown to Infinite Crisis #1. A skilled acrobat and hand-to-hand combatant who possesses a genius-level intellect and access to an arsenal of high-tech equipment.
Page 5: Rip Hunter, true name unrevealed. First appeared in (historical) Showcase #20 and (modern) Booster Gold (first series) #13. A genius-level inventor who specializes in time travel and is conversant with fighting styles from every era in history.
Skeets, real name…Skeets. First appeared in Booster Gold (first series) #1. An artificial-intelligence robot that is able to fly, comprised of time-travel resistant plating, and is armed with weaponry and knowledge about the future.
That message from the Flash was first seen in Blackest Night #4.
Page 6: Goldstar II, real name Michelle Carter. First appeared (as Michelle) in Booster Gold (first series) #6, and (as Goldstar) in Booster Gold (first series) #20. Killed in Booster Gold (first series) #22. Returned to life in Booster Gold (second series) #1000000. Possesses magnetically-based powers of flight and enhanced strength, as well as magnetic blasts.
“The Black Beetle” has been a frequent nemesis of both Booster Gold and the new Blue Beetle in recent issues of Booster Gold.
Page 7: Booster Gold, real name Michael Jon Carter. First appeared in Booster Gold (first series) #1. Wears advanced technology that allows him to fly, fire energy blasts, create force field and grants him enhanced strength.
Okay, now the continuity headaches begin…
Pages 8-9: We’re at a memorial service for Ted Kord, the second Blue Beetle, at some point in the past. In attendance, from the back row to the front, moving from left to right, are…
Doctor Fate IV (Hector Hall), Power Girl (Kara Zor-L), Mister Miracle II (Scott Free), Big Barda (Barda Free), Captain Atom (Nathaniel Adam), Hawkgirl II (Kendra Saunders), Hawkman (Carter Hall), Nightwing (Dick Grayson), the Flash III (Wally West), Black Canary II (Dinah Lance), Martian Manhunter (J’onn J’onzz), Doctor Light III (Kimiyo Hoshi), Guy Gardner, Fire (Beatriz Bonilla DaCosta), Mary Marvel (Mary Batson), Captain Marvel (Billy Batson), Batman (Bruce Wayne), Oracle (Barbara Gordon), Wonder Woman (Princess Diana), Donna Troy, Green Lantern II (Hal Jordan), Superman (Clark Kent) and Oberon.
Okay, deep breath time…
Blue Beetle was killed by Maxwell Lord in Countdown to Infinite Crisis #1.
Batman revealed to Superman. Wonder Woman and Booster Gold that Blue Beetle had been killed in The OMAC Project #2.
Wonder Woman then killed Maxwell Lord in Wonder Woman (second series) #219.
A despondent and angry Booster Gold then resolved to go back to the 25th century and said goodbye to Fire in The OMAC Project #6.
He returned to the 21st century in Infinite Crisis #2, wearing his new costume (without the collar).
Now then…this memorial obviously occurs after Ted’s death. Also, it’s after Wonder Woman killed Max. But before Booster went back to the 25th century, given his costume and anger towards Batman. So, sometime between The OMAC Project #4 (a follow-up to Max’s death) and 6.
Unfortunately, there’s really no time for the heroes to hold a memorial service at that point, given that the OMACS were about to overrun the world. Doctor Fate was also busy being killed by the Spectre, and Captain Atom was traipsing around the Wildstorm Universe. Barda and Scott Free were probably doing New Gods stuff at the point…no one had seen them for a while.
Long story short? I have no idea when this scene occurs. Maybe it’s on one of the other 52 Earths out there…
Page 10: “Seems like we’d just been together for Sue’s funeral.” Sue Dibny’s funeral was in Identity Crisis #1.
Page 13: Blue Beetle III, real name Jaime Reyes, First appeared (as Jaime) in Infinite Crisis #3 and (as Blue Beetle) in Infinite Crisis #5. Bonded to an alien suit that provides protection, flight, enhanced strength and can generate multiple forms of weaponry.
Page 14: “Booster was there in the Batcave with me when the Scarab first turned me into the Blue Beetle.” This was in Infinite Crisis #5.
Page 17: “My god! He’d gone to Batman for help!” He did! Blue Beetle tried to enlist Batman’s aid in Countdown to Infinite Crisis #1, but was turned away.
Page 19: Remember, kids, Booster Gold with the collar means 1980s. Booster Gold without the collar means new, modern and hip. Tell your friends!
Page 20: Daniel Carter, also goes by the name Supernova. First appeared (as Daniel) in 52 Week 18 and (as Supernova) in 52 Week Fifty-Two. Wears advanced technology that allows him to fly, emit light, project energy and teleport.
Rose Levin, Dan’s future wife and Booster’s ancestor. First appeared in Booster Gold (second series) #1.
Page 22: That Bug (Blue Beetle’s aircraft) is a manifestation from Black Lantern Blue Beetle’s power ring.
Page 23: “Bwah-ha-ha-ha-hah!” If I need to explain it, then you just won’t appreciate it. Pick up Justice League International Volumes 1-4 to fully understand the grandeur that is the Blue and the Gold.
Page 26: Like the Bug, that BB Gun is a construct created by Black Lantern Blue Beetle’s power ring only, instead of producing a blinding flash of light, it fires an energy beam.
Page 29: Black Lantern Blue Beetle is about to rip Supernova’s heart out of his chest. Ick.