Jamie Reyes is a male comic superhero that features in DC Comics.
Jaime Reyes was born in El Paso, Texas as the eldest son of Alberto Reyes and Bianca Reyes with him having a younger sister Milagro Reyes. (Blue Beetle v8 #1)
Seeing the Green Lanterns a threat, the Scarab shunted Jaime into the space between dimensions at the time when the satellite's dimensional stabilizer was destroyed. As a result, he was forced further along in the inter-dimensional space where time operated differently causing him to be lost for an entire year till he could manage to make his way back home. (Blue Beetle v8 #7)
Upon returning to Earth, he made his way home and attempted to sneak back into his house where he startled his family only to learn that he had been missing for an entire year. (Blue Beetle v8 #2) He later revealed the armour to his family who were coming to terms with the fact that Jaime had returned to their life whilst he later attempted to re-connect with his friends Paco and Brenda. (Blue Beetle v8 #3) Whilst researching the Blue Beetle, he encountered Oracle after she accessed his computer with her stating that she wanted to help train him. However, an angry Jaime refused as he believed he was abandoned by the superheroes during the battle with Brother Eye. He was later attacked by Ents sent by the Diviner who had been sent to re-acquire the Scarab. (Blue Beetle v8 #4) He helped save a magical child of one of the Posse members from the villainous Bottom Feeder. (Blue Beetle v8 #5) He joined the Posse to help rescue their captive member Probe only to discover that she wanted to stay at La Dama's prison where she was hiding a number of mystics a number of whom remained. During this time, Jaime discovered that the infamous criminal La Dama was Tia Amparo who was Brenda's aunty who was also aware that Reyes was the Blue Beetle. The two came to a truce where neither decided to attack the other or reveal the others identity for Brenda's sake with La Dama stating that she could help Jaime discover the Blue Beetle's origin through her magical research. However, Peacemaker arrived at the scene where he revealed that the Scarab was not magical but extraterrestrial technology. (Blue Beetle v8 #6) Jaime along with his family and friends went to the site where he returned to Earth in order to remember what happened when he disappeared for a year with Peacemaker confirming his findings that the entity on his back was of alien design. (Blue Beetle v8 #7) Him and Brenda sought out the origins of the Scarab with them tracking down the granddaughter of Dan Garret who was the first Blue Beetle. (Blue Beetle v8 #8) He later learnt how Peacemaker knew about the Scarab and its origins as he had encountered the database that had accompanied the alien artefact. (Blue Beetle v8 #9) Jaime was then at Brenda's home when she accidently activated a Mother Box in her aunt's possession sending her to another world. Using the Scarab, he communicated with the Mother Box and was similarly transported to the world Brenda was sent in order to rescue her. After evading numerous traps on the planet, he discovered an unconscious Brenda in the hands of the New God Lonar. (Blue Beetle v8 #10)
During this time, he encountered a Reach Probe with the Scarab acting scared due to its programming but together they managed to destroy this threat. (Blue Beetle v8 #12) It was then that they had encountered the Reach themselves headed by their Negotiator who claimed that they had come in peace with the Scarab being the gift to their herald who served as a guardian of designated worlds to protect them from themselves. However, in reality, they were conquerors who had taken over tens of thousands of worlds through various means. Jaime was unique as the Scarab had been corrupted by magic in the past that prevented them from taking full control over him. They decided to secretly provoke Jaime to test the Scarab and see if they could regain control which was when Reyes suspicion of the Reach was confirmed with the two becoming enemies. However, there was no proof and the Reach projected themselves as making peaceful contact with Earth whilst they embarked on their schemes. (Blue Beetle v8 #13) He then met Guy Gardner where Jaime believed the Green Lantern was going to attack him but he instead wanted to meet with the new Blue Beetle. Gardner revealed that the Guardians of the Universe were old enemies of the Reach with the two forging a peace treaty to restrict the latter's conquests but they instead began to operate in a more covert manner. Together, Blue Beetle and Guy Gardner arrived in the South Pole where they discovered one of the Reach's dimensionally shifted facilities and were attacked by the Ultra-Humanite who had been hired by the aliens. After being defeated, his body was taken away leaving no trace of Reach involvement thus ensuring that the Reach had not broken the treaty. Upon returning back home, Guy gave some advice to Jaime to encourage him that though he was alone that he could defeat the Reach as Ted Kord had fought foes much more powerful than him by using his mind thus inspiring Reyes. (Blue Beetle v8 #14) In an effort to get help, Reyes sought out S.T.A.R. Labs for aid and to inform a famous superhero about the Reach with this leading to a confrontation with Livewire. (Blue Beetle v8 #15) He was later approached by Traci Thirteen when she sought his aid in fighting the Eclipso possessed Jean Loring. (Blue Beetle v8 #16) Jaime later ended up fighting the supervillain Typhoon where Reyes discovered molecular shifted water molecules caused by the Reach. (Blue Beetle v8 #17) He later travelled to the Luthor Lone Star launch facility that was launching a satellite with anti-Reach tech leading to the aliens dispatching the bounty hunter Lobo to stop it with the Blue Beetle encountering the Teen Titans. (Blue Beetle v8 #18)
He next battled Giganta who was paid to attack La Dama where during the fight Brenda discovered that her aunt was the infamous crime lord. (Blue Beetle v8 #19) Jaime then encountered the new host of the Spectre where at the urging of his father Reyes made peace with Luis Rivas who was responsible for Alberto Reyes getting shot. (Blue Beetle v8 #20) Alongside Danni Garrett, Jaime discovered a set of Reach plans that they had for worlds with the strategy guide detailing their various means they acquire worlds. They also encountered Tovar was a genetic construct of the Reach who was given fake memories that was part of the Reach strategy. During this time, the Blue Beetle discovered the existence of the Reach World-Ripper Stations and the means they conquered their target worlds with Jaime vowing to take the fight to the enemy. (Blue Beetle v8 #21)
Through communion with the Scarab, he learnt the activation word for the entity allowing it to be freed from containment and bond with Jaime again. Together, the dealt heavy damage to the Reach mothership and exposed their plans to Earth. This led to the Negotiator seeking to discharge energy from the mothership to activate the hidden World-Ripper Stations on the planet below to destroy it out of spite. The Blue Beetle confronted the Negotiator and halted the discharge but it caused a build up in the engine that would explode which was going to kill everyone on the vessel. Jaime was ready to sacrifice himself to save his loved ones when at the last second Booster Gold emerged where he took Reyes to safety. Blue Beetle attempted to save the Negotiator who was left behind as the Reach mothership exploded with the remaining aliens claiming it was a rogue operation and allowed to return to their home territory. With the threat passed, Jaime returned back home to El Passo and helped in the rebuilding of the town. (Blue Beetle v8 #25) He took Traci to a family reunion where he also fought the villainous Parasite. (Blue Beetle v8 #26) Whilst on a date with Traci, the pair worked together to fight off demons that were summoned by a trio of boys. (Blue Beetle v8 #27) Reyes then confronted an old foe of Dan Garrett who was a former supervillain named Dr. Mephistopheles. (Blue Beetle v8 #28) As Blue Beetle, he next fought the second Doctor Polaris who was setting himself as the new crime lord in the region. (Blue Beetle v8 #34)
Whilst at the school dance with Traci 13, the event was interrupted by the arrival of the Khaji Da Revolutionary Army that consisted of Reach Scarabs that had risen up against their masters and waged a war against their host race. Despite their approach, the KDRA was hostile to the Blue Beetle and attacked him. (Blue Beetle v8 #36)
Following the Flashpoint, a new version of history was created with a different series of events.
Jaime came to be among those people infected by the Batman Who Laughs with special Batarangs that turned him into the darkest version of himself. He was then sent to help in enacting his masters plans where he infiltrated the Fortress of Solitude in the Bermuda Triangle. Once snuck inside, he took over the Kryptonian structure through his Scarab and infiltrated the Justice League's computer systems. (Batman/Superman v2 #3)
Personality and attributes
It was said that everyone liked Jaime as he was that kind of guy. (Blue Beetle v8 #5)
According to Jaime, he was the only thing holding back the Scarab and if he was killed or rendered unconscious then it was free to attack with lethal force rather than with any restraint. (Blue Beetle v8 #14)
Reyes stated that he had many role models in his life that included his father, family and the previous heroes that were Blue Beetle along with others. (Blue Beetle v8 #36)
He thought he believed in God most of the time. (Blue Beetle v8 #31)
Powers and abilities
He unlocked the full capabilities of the infiltrator mode of the Scarab by shouting out its command name which was Khaji Da that was the serial number for the Reach construct. (Blue Beetle v8 #25) It afforded him a healing factor allowing to repair wounds on his body if it was bonded to him. (Blue Beetle v8 #24) Technically, the Scarab meant that he did not need to go to the toilet but still did so. (Blue Beetle v8 #14)
One attack system was being able to project electrical style energy blasts from his hands. (Blue Beetle v8 #10)
When the Posse offered aid, they helped in creating the Virtual Beetle Cave that as a communication tool and database to help Jaime coordinate his activities. It included dedicated sections for civil, police and a scrubber along with a further three more divisions. The operators were capable of being contacted with the system being accessed remotely through WiFi on a phone or by the Scarab. (Blue Beetle v8 #9)
- Jamie Reyes was created by Keith Giffen, John Rogers and Cully Hamner where he first appeared in Infinite Crisis v1 #3 (February, 2006) and debuted as the new Blue Beetle in Infinite Crisis v1 #5 (March, 2006).
In other media
- In Smallville, Jaime Reyes made an appearance in the live-action series in the episode "Booster" where he was portrayed by actor Jaren Brandt Bartlett.
- In Young Justice: Invasion, Jaime Reyes made regular appearances as Blue Beetle in the animated series where he was voiced by actor Eric Lopez.
- In Justice League Action, the Jaime Reyes Blue Beetle appeared in the animated television series in the episode "Time Share" where he was voiced by actor Jake T. Austin.
- In Justice League vs. Teen Titans, Jaime Reyes as Blue Beetle featured in the animated film where he was voiced by actor Jake T. Austin.
- In Teen Titans: The Judas Contract, Jaime Reyes as Blue Beetle returned in the animated film sequel where he was once again voiced by actor Jake T. Austin.
- In Batman: The Brave and the Bold – The Videogame, Jaime Reyes as Blue Beetle appeared as a playable character in the video game where he was voiced by actor Will Friedle.
- In Young Justice: Legacy, Jaime Reyes as Blue Beetle was introduced as a playable character in the video game tie-in to the animated series where he was voiced by actor Eric Lopez
- In Infinite Crisis, Jaime Reyes as Blue Beetle featured as a playable character in the multiplayer online battle arena game where he was voiced again by actor Eric Lopez.
- In Injustice 2, Jaime Reyes as Blue Beetle appeared as a playable character in the fighting video game where he was voiced by actor Antony Del Rio.
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