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Cover Description: Booster Gold dangles from a noose held by the Black Lantern Blue Beetle.
Brief Synopsis: Booster Gold struggles against his emotions and the Black Lantern-reanimated corpse of Ted Kord.
Costume Worn: MARK I.v2 power-suit
Issue Notes: This issue is a tie-in to the Blackest Night mini-series.
This story has been reprinted in the following issue:
Booster Gold: The Tomorrow Memory (2010)
Page 2, panel 1
Picking up immediately where the previous issue left off, Booster Gold finds himself facing the Black Lantern-reanimated corpse of Blue Beetle II at the suburban home of Daniel Carter. Already on the scene are Daniel (as Supernova), Blue Beetle III, Rose Levin, and Skeets.
Page 5, panel 2
In an attempt to confuse Booster, the Black Lantern lists several things pranks that the pair pulled on fellow members of the Justice League International.
None of the pranks listed have been previously shown on panel, though they do all sound like something the comedy duo of Blue and Gold would have attempted.
Page 6, panel 3
Extreme emotion provides sustenance for the Black Lanterns. Enraging Booster Gold is more useful to the Black Lantern than damaging him physically.
Page 7, panel 4
Just as the Black Lantern previously had possession of a twisted version of the Blue Beetle's Bug airship, it now employs a copy of the Blue Beetle's compressed air BB-Gun. These artifacts are presumably generated by the Black Lantern itself, and are not the original items employed by the second Blue Beetle.
Page 13, panel 2
SCHOOL'S IN: Booster and company have fled to Rip Hunter's Arizona laboratory, where Hunter was hard at work mapping the latest clues to future events in the DC Universe on his trusty chalkboard.
Page 14, panel 1
POWER UP: Hunter reveals that the Supernova suit worn by Daniel Carter keeps its wearer's body in a time stasis field, preventing any physical aging and delaying the onset of any negative effects of physical injury. This is the first indication of this function of the suit, and it is worth noting that this ability of the suit clearly does not impair thought or learning.
Page 15, panel 2
Skeets replays Flash's message from Blackest Night #3.
Page 16, panel 1
Booster Gold should know that his suggestion is doomed to failure after his previous adventures in this series (such as Booster Gold, Vol. 2, issues 6 through 10). Maybe he is as thick-headed as his critics often claim.
Page 16, panel 6
Booster accuses Rip Hunter of knowing the outcome of current events. This same charge has been leveled at Booster multiple times in the past (notably the Elongated Man in 52 Week 7).
Page 18, panel 1
Booster Gold, Blue Beetle III, and Skeets travel to the Chicago headquarters of Kord Industries, the business once owned and run by Ted Kord. Like Booster Gold and BGI, Kord had trouble maintaining control of his company, but was once again at the helm at the time of his death.
Page 19, panel 3
Unbeknownst to Booster, the recent invasion of the "Beetle Cave" was seen in Booster Gold, Vol. 2, #1,000,000.
Page 22, panel 6
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Page 26, panel 1
The montage of images of Booster Gold and Blue Beetle seen in the monitors is largely drawn from previously published adventures. Identifiable sources include the covers to Justice League International, Vol. 1, #8, #21, #24 (with minor changes) and Justice League America #34.
Boosterrific Review: A suitable end to the events of the previous issue, as Booster Gold is forced to overcome his personal demons to literally fight his past. This issue would probably be better without the unnecessary, retread-confrontation between Booster and Rip Hunter which briefly derails the momentum of the action. Also, the recurring theme of Booster Gold dealing with Ted Kord's Death, which took place over a year prior to the first issue in this series, is beginning to feel a little stale. Let's hope that following the conclusion to this "Blackest Night" event, the future of Booster Gold can move forward without quite so much looking into the past.
Boosterrific Rating: Worth Its Weight In Gold.
Average Fan Rating: (2 votes)
The Chronological Adventures of Booster Gold
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