The Reach made themselves known to the newest Blue Beetle, Jamie Reyes.They are an alien race that travels from world to world, injecting various schemes to take them over. They attempted to seem friendly, but Jamie saw past that.
The group recently tried to gain the favor of Sinestro by combining one of his rings with one of their own scarabs in Peacemaker to create the Infiltrator, but the creation was dismantled by Blue Beetle and a Green Lantern.
The Reach first appeared in Blue Beetle vol. 7 #12 and were created by John Rogers and Guy Major.
Major Story Arcs
THE WORLD-RIPPER STATIONS
Another ploy that was recently uncovered by Jamie involved a large number of volcanic cities called World-Ripper Stations. These Stations where located in N-Space, a kind of negative space that runs parallel to New Earth.
Early on in the series, Jamie and Guy Gardner caught the Reach putting something into the Antarctic. The ice eventually melted, and a villain named Typhoon discreetly mixed the substance into the air and water while pretending to simply destroy things.
The plan was for this substance to infect the people of New Earth for a hundred years, building up in everyone's systems, making them more agreeable. Then, the stations and the substance were to be pulled into New Earth's reality. The inhabitants of the stations where supposed to attack New Earth, damaging it severely, before the Reach showed up and offered to take everyone as slaves on their planets to save humanity from their dying one. And because of the substance, humanity would have accepted. Blue Beetle destroyed the stations.
Batman: Brave And The Bold
The Reach are the second oldest race in the known universe, only junior to the Guardians of the Universe. Unlike the Guardians, the Reach is a race of conquerors and is known to originate from Space Sector 002. Long ago, the Guardians and the Reach signed a non-aggression pact. Since then, the Reach has traveled the universe and took over planet after planet. Instead of a direct invasion, they prefer to deploy devices to the planet, activate it to gather information, analyze the data, then attack. The Collective is the hive-mind like authority that commands the forces of the Reach.
Young Justice: Invasion
The Reach appear as one of the two main antagonists in Young Justice: Invasion. The Reach that appear on Earth are led by the Reach Ambassador (voiced by Phil LaMarr) and the Reach Scientist (voiced by Masasa Moyo). They appear as the Partner to The Light (Project Cadmus' Board of Directors) whereas Black Beetle (nicknamed by Wonder Girl) appears as one of their agents with the Martian Green Beetle B'arzz O'oomm as one of their pawns. The Kroloteans refer to the Reach as their "Competitor."
Throughout Young Justice the following teenagers were captured by The Reach:
All were freed and underwent psychotherapy from Black Canary by "The Team".
Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham
The Reach appears in Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham. They are shown invading Odym where Saint Walker sends out a distress signal. Martian Manhunter, Cyborg, and Flash answer the distress signal and help Saint Walker to repel the Reach.