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heroes: Adam Strange, Animal Man, Atom II, Batman, Blue Beetle III, Booster Gold, Captain Marvel, Firestorm VI, Flash III, Green Arrow I, Green Lantern II, Hawkman I, Power Girl, Red Tornado, Rip Hunter, Starfire III, Stargirl, Steel III, Superman, Wonder Woman
villaines: Bane, Black Adam, Chronos I, Lady Chronos, Mister Freeze, Solomon Grundy, Starro the Conqueror
supporting: Skeets II
Settings: 20th-century Gotham City, DCU, USA; 21st-century Rip Hunter's AZ Lab, DCU, USA ; 21st-century Washington, DC, USA; 21st-century Washington, DC, USA
Cover Description: Booster Gold and Skeets float in the midst of a melee of many of Earth's greatest heroes, all dominated by Starro the Conqueror. Pictured clockwise from top right are Wonder Woman, Green Lantern I (Alan Scott), Black Canary II, Cyborg, Lightray, Superman, Captain Marvel, Starfire, Black Lightning, Martian Manhunter, Power Girl, Adam Strange, Guy Gardner, Captain Marvel, Jr., Star Girl, Hawkgirl, Green Lantern II (Hal Jordan), Metamorpho, Blue Devil, Atom Smasher, and Plastic Man.
Brief Synopsis: Booster Gold must join forces with a potential future enemy in order to save Rip Hunter from Starro the Conqueror.
Costume Worn: MARK I.v2 power-suit
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ALTERNATE REALITY: This issue picks up immediately where it's predecessor left off, with Booster Gold facing domination by one of Starro the Conqueror's starfish-spores. Booster explains that only three hours of relative time have passed for him since the start of this adventure which has included trips between the year 1348 and 47-years into humanity's dystopian future. Booster also expresses a desire for Baskin-Robbins' Pistachio Almond ice cream (not one of their original "31 flavors" from 1945, though since the flavor's debut in 1964, it has become one of the ice cream chain's "classic flavors") and a novel by James Ellroy (the hardboiled crime author responsible for the bestsellers L.A. Confidential and The Black Dahlia). Ah, Booster, truly a man of the people.
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POWER UP: This is not the first time that Booster has demonstrated a functional knowledge of his power suit's circuitry, having previously rewired his force field to generate an external field in Booster Gold, Vol. 1, #17. However, this is the first time he's been seen doing it blind and without the assistance of Skeets.
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The line "resistance is futile," is a commonly repeated theme phrase from the late 1980s television show Star Trek, The Next Generation. It was often used by an alien race called the Borg who, like Starro, was determined to conquer the universe by adding all sentient life to it's hive-mind.
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POWER UP: Skeets II arrives in time to save Booster from Starro-controlled Lady Chronos, Chronos, and Solomon Grundy. Skeets was not transported to the future alongside Booster in the previous issue, so his appearance here is attributable to his own powers of time-travel.
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Booster and Skeets find the corpses of Batman and Power Girl inside the Justice League's Hall of Justice in Washington, DC.
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Identifiable inside the Hall of Justice's "confiscated weapons vault" are Black Manta's costume and trident, Captain Boomerang's hat and boomerangs, Penguin's umbrella, a red lantern, and Mr. Freeze's gun. (Other panels also show the robot Toyman, Captain Cold's cloak, and an oversized Joker mask.) Really, there has never been a hero who has spent more time looting vaults and trophy cases for weapons to win battles than Booster Gold.
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BORROWING THE CAR: Chronos destroys Mr. Freeze's freeze-gun. This represents the end of this weapon's existence.
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Booster watches as Starro manipulates Earth's heroes and villains into a battle to the death. Pictured are Adam Strange, Animal Man, Atom II, Bane, Black Adam, Blue Beetle III, Captain Marvel, Firestorm VI, Flash III, Green Arrow, Green Lantern I, Hawkman I, Stargirl, Steel III, Superman, and Wonder Woman. Red Tornado and Starfire are seen in following panels. This is Booster's first on-panel appearance with either Bane or Black Adam.
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In order to enlist her aid against Starro, Booster agrees to do Lady Chronos a favor of her "time and choosing." For the third time in recent months, Booster finds himself dealing with Lady Chronos, who again hints that she may have a crucial role to play in Booster's future.
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Traveling into the past, Booster steals Mr. Freeze's freeze-gun, for the second time this issue, but this time from Mister Freeze himself. This is the second time that Booster Gold has held the weapon, but the first time that the weapon has been held by Booster Gold.
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For the first time, Booster Gold confronts Starro the Conqueror directly in order to save Rip Hunter.
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After Booster hurls Lady Chronos' "time clock" at Starro, she complains, "I'm now at your mercy, Booster." But mere moments later...
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...she uses her power of time manipulation to prevent Starro from releasing a Time Sphere full of spores over the Hall of Justice. Apparently the "time clock" is useful only for personal time travel, not time-manipulation.
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The mysterious disappearance of Daniel Carter's starfish spore (see previous issue for details) is explained by the intervention of Chronos. And when I say explained, I mean complicated beyond understanding. If Chronos had the missing starfish the whole time, Rip Hunter would never have been dominated by Starro. If Hunter had never been dominated by Starro, Chronos would not have been able to trace Lady Chronos to Hunter's laboratory. In any event, this impossible situation is a direct result of the impossible situation that directly preceded it, namely Lady Chronos' destruction of a younger Rip Hunter while an older Rip Hunter sat nearby. Confused yet? It seems that whenever the "Chronos Twins" are around, the impossible isn't just possible, it's mandatory.
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BORROWING THE CAR: Booster returns Mr. Freeze's gun mere seconds after he had taken it. Booster must replace the gun in the past so that it is available for his use in a future in which will now never take place. At least one thing worked out in a chronological manner after all.
Boosterrific Review: To quote Rip Hunter, "you have no idea what happened here." The art is great (the comic is probably worth buying for the Batista/Gray cover alone), the action comes fast, and there are no shortage of guest stars. Yet, for all its cleverness, Rick Remender's story devolves into a indecipherable mess that leaves the reader confused and somewhat dissatisfied, as though the real story of the issue is being told somewhere else. If not for that lingering disquiet, this would probably be a perfect issue.
Boosterrific Rating: Worth Its Weight In Gold.
Average Fan Rating: (2 votes)
The Chronological Adventures of Booster Gold
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