Justice League International redesigns, part 7 of 8.
Having asked you all pick your favourite reserve Justice League members from a selective list, Blue Beetle landed in first place. Out of 70 votes, he received 15.
I love Ted Kord as a character. He's so relatable and is written as someone who is just an Average Joe trying to make a difference. He's a smart guy and is just a wee bit nerdy who has struggled with his weight in the past. Ted was also Oracle's pseudo-"internet boyfriend" for a time as well. He was really one of my favourites from the JLI-era and I enjoyed seeing him in the Birds of Prey title. When it came to re-envision him, I wanted to really strip away the overly complicated aspects of his backstory. Rather than feature him as a legacy character, Ted Kord is simply an inventive genius who was scooped up by the government upon graduating from college. He became their go-to inventor and became Amanda Waller's answer man. When it came time for Waller to assemble her Justice League, she knew she wanted Ted on the team. He was smart and resourceful but he required a lot of training. Ted has to work twice as hard as his teammates because his forte is working in a lab... not out in the field. He trains for longer stretches of time and really does all he can to keep up with his more physically-inclined teammates. Ted also makes sure the weapons he invents are non-lethal. He is against killing so he uses as little force as he can to incapacitate his opponents. In terms of the dynamic Ted has with his team, he's viewed as the most likeable and approachable. He's close friends with Fire and Ice but shares a VERY special bond with Booster Gold.
I really didn't have any specific ideas of what I wanted to do with Ted for his redesign so I ended up really winging it. I ultimately ended up borrowing elements from his costume as well as that of Jaime Reyes. What I came up with was this kind of... sci fi cop look that I think is really cool. He has a bit of soft-armour and a structured costume with proper protection. For those who have been following the JLI redesigns, you'll notice none of them have masks so I continued that with Ted even though he traditionally wears one. It was important that none of the team members wear masks because their identities need to be known for the public to trust them. The lack of masks among this team signifies their willingness to be upfront and honest with their public. However, I did want to reference Ted's goggles by giving him a little earpiece with a special visor over one eye. It furthers the sci fi cop look.
Remember, the other DC Comics redesigns can be found in my gallery. Also, most of the information here is a speculative and creative re-envisioning so it's essentially non-canon.