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heroes: Booster Gold, Rip Hunter
villain: Royal Flush Gang
supportinges: Hank Henshaw, Jim Garrison & Steven, Skeets II, Sondra Crain, Terri Henshaw
Settings: 21st-century Cape Canaveral, FL, USA; 21st-century Rip Hunter's AZ Lab, DCU, USA ; 21st-century Unknown City, DCU
Cover Description: Portraits of Booster Gold and Blue Beetle hang in an abstract space.
Brief Synopsis: Booster Gold balances his buffoonish public persona with his mission to save time from the interference of a mysterious agent.
Costume Worn: MARK I.v2 power-suit
Issue Notes: Despite Booster Gold and Blue Beetle appearing together on the issue's cover, they do not appear in the same story within the issue.
This story has been reprinted in the following issue:
Booster Gold: The Tomorrow Memory (2010)
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FIRST APPEARANCE: First appearance of Project Slipshift.
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PESL SIGHTING: Booster Gold and Skeets battle the Royal Flush gang. Again. The exact location of this urban battle is unspecified, but the name "Jim Pesl" clearly appears in the marquees of several buildings in the background. In the past 5 months, "Pesl" has been seen on a candy dispenser, a tombstone, and now urban store fronts. As previously mentioned, Pesl is a college friend of inker Norm Rapmund, and Rapmund includes his friend's name in his inks occasionally.
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MEET THE PRESS: Following the battle, Booster addresses rumors before the assembled paparazzi video cameras. Again, Booster's unseen flame "Blair" is mentioned, presumably Blair Butler, cover model for Booster Gold, Vol. 2, #23, and president of the Booster Gold Fan Club.
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PRODUCT PLACEMENT: With tongue placed firmly in cheek, Booster Gold directly references the long-defunct B.G.I. Headquarters (as the "Gold Mansion") and the Boostermobile. It's a wonder if any in his assembled audience remember his 1980s signature automobile produced by Brysler Motors (first seen in Booster Gold, Vol. 1, #5).
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Booster Gold meets with Rip Hunter in Hunter's Arizona laboratory. Surprisingly, Hunter's chalkboard is nowhere in sight.
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Booster Gold and Skeets arrive at the John F. Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral, Florida, launch site of the NASA Space Shuttle since the early 1980s. Visible on the launch pad is the fictional shuttle Excalibur.
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Rather than the Justice League International or original Justice League of America logos, Skeet's digital projection of Booster Gold's "card" shows the modern Justice League logo, used as the masthead of volume 2 of the series. This logo belies Booster's attempts to appear as his previous self, though no one expects the befuddled green-attired man (shuttle technician? NASA official? military security?) of being able to tell apart Justice League logos, as that is certainly not rocket science.
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Booster Gold meets the crew of the ill-fated Excalibur, from left to right, Jim Garrison, Steven, Hank Henshaw, and Terri Henshaw. Chronologically, this is Henshaw's first appearance, though he was first published in 1990's The Adventures of Superman #465, written and drawn by none other than one Dan Jurgens. Henshaw will later become the villainous Cyborg during the "Reign of the Superman" storyline of 1993.
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Booster comes face-to-mask with the mysterious agent of Project Slipstream who is attempting to sabotage the launch of the Excalibur.
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Boosterrific Review: As effectively as Booster juggles his responsibilities, writer Dan Jurgens juggles two seemingly unrelated plots into a story as layered as a Russian nesting doll. Booster's paradox, saving the past to ensure that the future is damaged, is by now familiar to readers of the series. However, Jurgens teases that Booster's actions will have direct but unforeseen consequences for our hero. This dramatic irony is appealing in a series devoted primarily to toying with the artificial history of the DC Universe, and hopefully the suspense that it generates will eventually lead to an injection new life (first life?) into the character of Michelle Carter.
Boosterrific Rating: Worth Its Weight In Gold.
Average Fan Rating: (2 votes)
The Chronological Adventures of Booster Gold
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