So this was an ask sent to Miss Nicki aka flatbear, but she’s passed it along to me because I’ve got A LOT OF BOOSTER/BEETLE FEELS OKAY. Hope you don’t mind, anon. :)
Okay, here’s the thing: I’m not going to tell you to pick up any ongoing books with Booster Gold in them. There are two reasons for that. First reason is that DC is actually the devil and they actively shit on all of the characters that I love. Admittedly, that’s more of a personal problem, but whereas Marvel will make you sob and pull out your hair over the hell your favorites get put through, DC will just straight up retcon your favorites out of existence! Which is reason number two that I won’t tell you to buy any DC ongoing titles; not only has Ted Kord not been in a book in forever (seriously, I think he might be the only comic book character ever to not get resurrected) in New 52 he was never the Blue Beetle to begin with. Which is disappointing on so many levels, but my issues with New 52 DC are a totally separate post.
If you want to read Booster and Beetle together, JLA: Justice League International is a good, solid start. There is a lot of shit that comes before it, but that’s unavoidable and honestly, it mostly deals with the other characters in the series. If you’re not sure who someone is, Wikipedia will be your best friend. And hey, by reading JLI you get some bonus Guy Gardner, Dinah Lance, and J’onn J’onzz! There are four volumes, only one of which you can get on Comixology, but here they are on Amazon for not a lot of money (Two, Three, Four), or if you have a LCS they will likely either stock the volumes or be able to order them for you.
Formerly Known As The Justice League is also amazing and worth checking out, if only for Beetle getting super pissed at Booster because Booster sucks and is a total moron and Sue Dibney assuming that they’re together.
Now, Ted Kord dies. If you want to read it, it’s in Countdown To Infinite Crisis, but I’m gonna be honest with you, it’s not a great series and they recap it so damned much that you don’t really need to go there. Just skip straight to 52, which is an excellent series and HEY LOOK AT THAT, THE FIRST ISSUE IS FREE! :D Then you wanna hit up Booster Gold, which is his solo series and deals with the aftermath of 52, Booster’s sorrow over Ted’s death, and how he becomes the guardian of the timestream. Even though Ted is dead, he’s still a hugely important part of this series because from his death on, basically everything in Booster’s life is informed by how much he misses Ted. It’s really wonderful to watch him grow as a character from a guy who just wanted fame and fortune to someone who saves the universe on a daily basis but can’t tell anyone about it.
HE BREAKS MY FUCKING HEART, OKAY.
I’d read that up until issue #43. After that it gets into some Flashpoint bullshit, which was set-up for the New 52, which like I said is not really worth reading. You might wanna pick up Justice League: Generation Lost which started out awesome (Max Lord is one of the greatest villains of all time) but kind of petered out cause it just went on way too long. Still, the beginning is absolutely worth reading, particularly if you enjoy megalomaniacal hot guys who get nosebleeds when they try to control the world.
That about wraps it up! It seems like a lot of reading, I know, but it’s absolutely worth it and it goes really fast because a lot of it is light-hearted, at least to start with. And if you like it, I’d also highly, highly recommend picking up Blue Beetle, which is about Jaime Reyes, who took over as Blue Beetle after Ted died. His sister is Tumblr’s spirit animal.
God, longest answer ever. Nicki is never ever going to give me another ask to answer again. XD