So, the Red Beetle...You may remember from some other picture I did ([link]
) that I like the Blue Beetle, and you may note some similarities between this character's design and that one. (And you may also note that I totally copied myself for this picture - I'LL SUE ME!)
So who is the Red Beetle?...I dunno.
Let me explain: DC's best known for their super team The Justice League, but they had another team before that, The Justice Society of America. The JSA became the gathering point of their golden age legacy heroes and young rookies. Not too long ago, an issue of JSA released with the team fighting a villain they could not best. On the final page, a part of the team that had previously splintered off to form their own group returns in a massive 2-page image to help the JSA fight...and the Red Beetle is among them.
And that's basically it. We're given no introduction to her, the characters act as if they already know her well, we don't even get her superhero name, we only got "Red Beetle) from Word of God (No Scarlet Scarab? Aww
) The writers promised us an issue detailing her origins but then...nothing.
I'm guessing the DC Reboot that just occured is to blame. It seems like they caught a lot of writers off-guard with that. (The last issue of Batgirl, for example, basically detailed everything they WOULD have done had the series continued.) They introduced her, expecting to get the chance to explore her later, but with JSA getting cancelled for the reboot, it became more important to wrap up established storylines than delve into a character who likely wouldn't exist in a few months. I understand that.
Unfortunately, however, what this means is that in simply looking at this crappy fanart of mine, you officially know as much about her as I do. Who is she? Where did she come from? Why is she a superhero? And why the Ted Kord version? Does she carry a light gun like he did? Does she have her own version of the Bug, or is she swinging from some awkward grapple? What does she enjoy? What is she hoping for? We don't even know simple things like hair color, eye color or ethnicity.
The most likely candidate is Dani Garrett, granddaughter of Dan Garrett, the first Blue Beetle, but we just don't know. And we probably never will since I doubt she'll be coming back in the reboot. Heck, it's doubtful we'll even get Ted and Dan back, much less this or the unresolved Black Beetle plotline.
Anyway, all that babbling done, I just wanted to make this because I thought she was awesome. I was so excited to know more about her and read about her adventures. She seemed fun in the little bits we saw of her in JSA, so I made a fanart because I am already a fan. And I won't forget that DC.
I actually have another superhero fanart on the way, and I meant to upload these together, but that one was a request, and I want to run it by the requester first.