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heroes: Booster Gold, Rip Hunter
villaines: Chemo, Chronos I, Gorilla Grodd, Lady Chronos, Solomon Grundy, Starro the Conqueror
supportinges: Daniel Jon Carter, Michelle Carter, Skeets II
Settings: 14th-century Avignon, France; 21st-century Metropolis, DCU, USA; 21st-century Rip Hunter's AZ Lab, DCU, USA ; 21st-century Washington, DC, USA
Cover Description: A Starro-dominated Rip Hunter wrestles with Booster Gold as both Starro and Skeets watch.
Brief Synopsis: Starro the Conqueror takes advantage of Rip Hunter to dominate the Earth trhough time-travel.
Costume Worn: MARK I.v2 power-suit
Issue Notes: This is the first issue of any volume of Booster Gold not drawn (either interior or cover) by series creator Dan Jurgens.
Page 3, panel 6
As Superman battles an unidentified villain (Manchester Black?) in Metropolis, Booster Gold, Goldstar, and Skeets rescue specific individuals from the massive collateral damage. Booster's attitude regarding his ability to save people has changed dramatically from recent issues wherein Booster tried to save both Barbara Gordon and Ted Kord. His line, "This was their time. Only the girl was supposed to survive" sounds more like the superficially callous attitude of Rip Hunter.
Page 4, panel 1
SCHOOL'S IN: The new Time Masters return to Rip Hunter's lab to find Hunter under the control of one of Starro the Conqueror's clones (herein called "spores"). This is the first time in this series that the cryptic information on one of Hunter's famous boards relates directly to the events of the current story.
Page 7, panel 2
Booster references "stipper"s and "Amway Salesmen." Michelle, having spent very little time in the 20th century, probably has no idea what he's talking about. And while I understand that door-to-door salesmen of Amway products continue to be persecuted as cultists or pyramid schemers, like Michelle, I have no idea what a "stipper" is.
Page 7, panel 4
ALTERNATE REALITY: The monitor directly in front of Booster shows the faces of Superman, the President of the United States, and the Mt. Rushmore Monument dominated by Starro spores. (Why, if Starro traveled into the Earth's past to dominate mankind, Mt. Rushmore would have ever even been constructed remains one of the great unexplained mysteries of time-travel.) The monitor on the left shows the infamous Oprah Winfrey interview with Tom Cruise. Of course, both are wearing Starro spores, which may explain Cruise's unorthodox behavior.
Page 8, panel 1
Booster is very familiar with Starro for never having encountered him previously. While the Spectre did indeed warn the heroes of the Justice League about the threat of the "Star Conqueror," he wasn't speaking about the familiar Starro that Booster now faces. (Not to mention that the JLA's encounter with the Star Conqueror was depicted in JLA Secret Files #1, taking place shortly after Booster's Extreme Justice team had presumably disbanded.)
Page 8, panel 2
In order to chase Starro through time, Booster uses "the rickety timesphere." This metal contraption, seen earlier in Hunter's lab, is more metal than glass, and appears visually similar to the timesphere used by the Time Stealers. The origin of this timesphere is unknown.
Page 10, panel 5
Images on the monitors before Booster represent the period of the Italian Renaissance, the 1969 moon landing, and meditation in a Buddhist monastery, all dominated by Starro.
Page 11, panel 3
Booster confronts Starro's minion Hunter in Avignon, France in the year 1348. This is the year that the Black Plague first arrived in France. At the time, Avignon was the seat of the Roman Catholic Papacy, meaning that the city had special significance to the European people.
Page 14, panel 6
Starro the Conqueror is seen over the skies of Paris "a few years back." This flashback likely takes place during the events in Justice League Europe #26 through #28, published in 1991.
Page 15, panel 1
For someone who has sworn off heroing, Daniel Carter sure wears sons the Supernova suit frequently. More importantly, his trip through time to Paris was in order to impress Rose Levin, implying the development of a romantic relationship between the two characters.
Page 17, panel 1
Booster is helpless as Michelle is captured by Chronos and Lady Chronos, both under the control of Starro. While Booster has previously dealt with Lady Chronos, this is his introduction to the original Chronos. (At the time of their first meeting in The All New Atom #24, Lady Chronos seemed unfamiliar with Booster Gold. However, here she specifically mentions that she's "encountered [Booster Gold] in the future." Is this a Lady Chronos from the past, or will the paths of Lady Chronos and Booster Gold again cross? Ah, time-travel....)
Page 18, panel 3
Booster visits the future and meets three more villains controlled by Starro: Chemo, Gorilla Grodd, and Solomon Grundy. Just as with his recent introduction to Chronos, this is Booster's first clear, on-panel encounter with these well-established villains of the DC Universe.
Boosterrific Review: Again the creative team shuffles, and still the result is an enjoyable comic book. Perhaps it is just impossible to produce a bad issue of Booster Gold. Rick Remender plots an intriguing tale more complicated than it would appear on the surface (Starro the Conqueror uses Rip Hunter to dominate the Earth). But the real star of the issue is fill-in artist Patrick Olliffe. Olliffe's technically oriented design sense (especially in his understanding and usage of perspective) is appropriate in the science-fiction setting of technology hero Booster Gold. Working with veteran inker Jerry Ordway, the two present a detailed and gritty world in which the threat of Starro is ominously threatening. Hi-Fi's coloring works well with Ordway's tight lines and generous use of black, allowing for a more subdued color experience than in previous issues.
Boosterrific Rating: Worth Its Weight In Gold.
Average Fan Rating: (3 votes)
The Chronological Adventures of Booster Gold
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