52

Volume 1, Issue 4
Cover Date: May 2006
Release Date: May 31, 2006

Cover Price: $2.50

Estimated Issue Sales: 125,251

"Dances with Monsters"

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52, Vol. 1, #4. Image © DC Comics

 

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SPOILER WARNING:
The following page may contain story spoilers. Read at your own risk.

ARTISTS

Writers: Geoff Johns, Grant Morrison, Greg Rucka, Mark Waid
Pencillers: Joe Bennett, Keith Giffen
Inker: Jack Jadson
Colorist: Alex Sinclair
Letterer: Rob Leigh
Editor: Stephen Wacker

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CHARACTERS & SETTINGS

Heroes: Booster Gold, Fire
Villain: Mister Mind
Supporting: Skeets II

Setting: 21st-century Metropolis, DCU, USA

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ISSUE SUMMARY

Cover Description: Renee Montoya, investigating a question mark drawn in blood, is ambushed by a large, bald man. (No Booster Gold.)

Brief Synopsis: The world turns towards the search for the missing space heroes lost during the Infinite Crisis.

Costume Worn: MARK I.v2 power-suit

Issue Notes: Booster's stock is on the rise as his string of heroic public endeavors grows.

This story has been reprinted in the following:
52 Omnibus (2012)
52 Volume 1 (2007)

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ISSUE ANNOTATIONS

Image Copyright DC Comics

Page 4, panel 3
PRODUCT PLACEMENT: "Week 4, Day 1." Inside Booster Gold's penthouse apartment, Booster meets with Fire while his large screen television plays footage of his endorsement of the Big Belly Burger restaurant chain following Booster's rescue of a falling child identified as Thaddeus Star. (Thaddeus Star will become the father of the 22nd-century hero Space Ranger.) Booster was forced to work in a Big Belly Burger franchise during the Super Buddies brief imprisonment in Hell in JLA Classified #6. Big Belly Burger has franchises throughout the DC Universe, first appearing in Metropolis in Adventures of Superman #441.

Page 4, panel 6
Angered by the return of Booster's "me first" attitude, Fire burns the Banana Co. patch off of Booster's uniform. Fire is a native of Brazil, which as recently as the year 2004 was one of the four countries producing half of the world's banana crop.

Page 5, panel 1
The "Ted" that Fire mentions is Ted Kord, the deceased Blue Beetle II and Booster's best friend.

Page 5, panel 3
Among the papers visible on Booster's table is a list of names beginning with Rip Hunter. Rip Hunter is the DC Universe's master of time travel who built the time machine that first allowed Booster to travel back to the present from the year 2642. The following names on the list are Jeffery Smith and Bonnie Baxter, companions of Hunter that Booster last met in Time Masters #4. The final listing is for the previously unseen S.T.A.R. Labs Time Travel Division.

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ISSUE REVIEW

Boosterrific Review: In yet another enjoyable issue, Booster Gold is visited by his old friend Fire who clearly disapproves of his recent reversion to his old, selfish persona. Once upon a time, Fire and Booster were not so different. Both were once in the hero game for the attention and adoration more than helping her fellow man. It's hard to tell if Fire is angry at Booster for being self-centered or for failing to acquiesce to her desires. (Sheesh. Women. Note that when irritated, Fire uses her power to burn Booster's Banana Co patch off his uniform. I'm certain that the fact that the patch happens to depict a phallic-shaped banana is no an accident.)

Boosterrific Rating:

Worth Its Weight In Gold.

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