I don’t have time to draw tonight so here’s some Blue Beetle sketches from various points this week.
I don’t know why I love this dork so much; sometimes I wish he didn’t. He’s not cool or even a particularly good person but I just I can’t help it
Blue Beetle belongs to DC
What’s in store for character number 4?
Jaime Reyes as ”Blue Beetle”
Jaime Reyes begun his superhero career in high school in El Paso, TX, when he chanced upon an alien technology known as, the Scarab. The Scarab latched onto Jaime’s spine and fused with him, granting Jaime the ability to access an extremely advanced armor-suit capable of dispensing a wide variety of weapons, including a sonic cannon, as well as enhanced strength and flight. Jaime was quickly picked up by the Justice League and trained under Cyborg, the only hero with advanced enough knowledge to work with Jaime’s suit, who eventually recommended him to be placed on the Young Justice team. The Scarab, though fused with Jaime, still retains his own consciousness and often quarrels with Jaime about both his battle and life choices. Though rocky in the beginning, Jaime and the Scarab have formed a bond and are able to cooperate very well during battle. Jaime is now enrolled at Gotham University and is on a pre-dental path. He is currently romantically involved with his fellow teammate, Traci Sanshi aka Girl 13.His hobbies include doing nothing all day and hanging out with his teammates.
I love Jaime Reyes to an unhealthy degree. His suit is always awesome and its always nice to see minorities in big superhero roles! But the one thing I don’t like with suits with full on masks is when they just add a mouth (e.g. Batman Beyond, animated Transformers, etc) I think it looks a bit weird and I have no idea how that works. So I took out that part of his mask and made the eyes more like goggles. It gets a little Spider-man like but I am okay with that!
Cassy Cain! Inspired by the new Batgirl relaunch! Comes with clip-on hoodie! xD
It’s about fucking mutants stop trying to making this meaningful.
Media—comics, film, literature, video games—exist for us to find our own meaning and value in it. Especially mutants, which are a super powerful and accessible metaphor for nearly anyone who has ever felt maligned for reasons beyond their control. Shut up.
The X-Men have been an allegory for racism ever since their creation you fucking idiot
If that hasn’t been blatantly obvious from the first issue you picked up, then I don’t know what kinda shit you’re on.
Also, fun fact, the movies show the divide between humans and mutants as an allegory for the LGBT+ civil rights movement going on now.
In a facebook post by X-Men movie writer Zach Stentz:
And in an interview on why he chose to play Magneto, Sir Ian McKellan said:
"I was sold it by Bryan [Singer, the director of the X-Men movies] who said, ‘Mutants are like gays. They’re cast out by society for no good reason. And, as in all civil rights movements, they have to decide: Are they going to take the Xavier line — which is to somehow assimilate and stand up for yourself and be proud of what you are, but get on with everybody — or are you going to take the alternative view — which is, if necessary, use violence to stand up for your own rights. And that’s true. I’ve come across that division within the gay rights movement.”
Marvel has always been about seeing yourself within the characters. Spider-man even though he has super powers, has every day life problems. Making the right decisions, money issues, relationship issues, etc. etc. X-men have always been about discrimination. Whether it’s Race, gender, or sexual orientation.