Top image by Butch Guice, the rest is by me.
I’m a little wary on posting this, but did it anyway. I know people don’t really like it when you mess with a character’s established sexuality, but there’s literally no representation for sex-repulsed asexuals out there, soooo I made a little acey comic with my all-time favorite comic book characters, Blue Beetle (Ted Kord) and Oracle (Barbara Gordon.)
I know it’s not canon (well… their short relationship was,) but give me a break. I wanted to see something I like for once.
I could have done a lot better on the art but I’m working on like five projects at once and this was more a personal thing.
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Sorry, Rhonda Pineda. You seemed cool in the few moments you had before you were evil and dead.
Maybe Ryan Choi could come back? He was my favorite Atom. By, like, a lot. It would’ve been cool to see him team up with a non-evil Rhonda. Or heck, fight against an evil Rhonda. I feel like shrinking villains aren’t much of a thing and I liked that she still had her whole happy-go-lucky thing happening even when she was being all evil.
Guy Gardner’s new mustache is pretty sweet. And it’s starring in Red Lanterns, which is really good! You should check it out!
Okay, so I have a solution for the Ted thing. It won’t fix things, but it might make them kinda better.
First thing, we get a good (not passable, not decent, good) writer and artist to work on a Booster Gold series. Give it a couple of issues of Booster pinging around the planet saving people and being a hero, and not really doing a ton of difference in the grand scheme.
Enter Ted Kord.
In the wake of supervillains pretty much winning the day, his father’s death, and inheriting the company, Ted has decided that he wants to put the minds of the people of Chicago at ease by funding a superhero team that works on a smaller scale than the Justice League, protecting one city rather than the world. Would Booster be interested in being the first of that team?
It’s a good pitch the kid has, so Booster accepts, on the terms that he’d be able to help choose, and veto, the people Ted picks for his team, even if he’s not the leader. Ted’s all smiles, because yes he was not expecting it to be that easy, and agrees. They end up talking a lot about the kind of people that would easily gain the trust of the people. Ted wants the people of the team to be as diverse as their powers, and insists that they have at least one non-powered person, because every team needs a gadget guy. He offhandedly mentions being an inventor, then snaps his mouth shut as if he’d been about to give away a big secret.
"So, who do you want on our team, Booster?"
Booster immediately throws out the names Fire, Ice, and Batwoman. Ted’s like, how about Blue Beetle.
There is a pause.
"If you can find him, I won’t have a problem with him."
At the end of the day, their proposal list capped out at: Fire, Ice, Batwoman, Blue Beetle, Black Lightning, Metamorpho, Black Canary, and Vixen. They’re both fairly excited about the venture.
That’s when a sniper round hits the flatscreen monitor on Ted’s desk, completely destroying it.
"So uh, probably should have mentioned this before, but someone has been trying to kill me for the past couple of days. It’s not a huge deal. They’ve got the aim of a Stormtrooper, so I think it’s more about scaring me than anything, but it’s getting kinda old."
And Booster buries his face in his hands because this idiot genius is going to get them both killed.
Turns out, the sniper was hired by someone, and just as he’s about to rat out his employer, his head explodes.
So now the book goes from being “Let’s form a team!” to “Okay first, let’s be alive to form a team”, and somewhere along the way, Booster wonders if he’s actually been hired as a bodyguard for Ted.
Hire me DC.
"Are these even real?”
"I was keeping to a specific color scheme oh my god."
"You got them at the fancy Hot Topic in the big mall, didn’t you?"
“You don’t know me.”
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JL8 #160 by Yale Stewart
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That really says a lot about Booster, I think.
JL8 #154 by Yale Stewart
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CHEESE IT, TED
I’M MAKING THEM TEENAGERS AND NOTHING YOU SAY CAN STOP ME OKAY
It had been a long day of avoiding the usual let’s-shove-Ted-into-a-locker suspects, and his relief was almost palpable when he switched on his monitor and saw the 1 on his Skype icon.
The JUSTICE LEAGUE writer goes in-depth one-on-one with us about LEX LUTHOR and ANOTHER surprise for readers.
having legitimate crushes on fictional characters
actually blushing when you see pictures of them
so I went looking for Booster toys on amazon to put in my wishlist in case there were any with a sane pricetag I didn’t have
I found a Hello Kitty backpack instead
The money shot : “We have also heard repeatedly that there is a new Booster Gold series on the way… could this be a possible moment to take the bull by the horns? I understand creators have been asked to pitch a grimmer and grittier version of the character.”
Grim and gritty Booster Gold. Grim and gritty Booster Gold.
Fuck you, DC Comics.
GRIM AND GRITTY BOOSTER GOLD
NO THANK YOU
FOR THE LOVE OF GOD STOP IT DC
OH MYG OD
THIS IS THE WORST THING
NO I GET IT I GET THE JOKE
The opening scene of the first issue, we see grimdark Booster being all grimdark. He’s fighting the Royal Flush Gang, grimdarkly.
Then the sky cracks open, and a ship flies out. A man in blue swings down from the bottom of the ship and punches Booster. Booster flies backwards and hits a wall. His Nu52 suit slithers off him, revealing itself to be alive, and a more pleasing costume underneath. The man in blue shoots it with his hairdryer, then offers Booster a hand up.
"I was going to say something along the lines of, ‘Get yourself off him, you damn dirty symbiote’, but then I figured that was too cheesy."
"Thanks, Ted. Wanna help me wipe the floor with these guys?"
"Don’t mind if I do, Booster buddy."
The rest of the issue is them having fun and beating up bad guys and making puns. The final page reads: