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Cover Description: Booster Gold and Skeets float outside a Time Sphere with the 25th century visible in the background.
Brief Synopsis: Booster Gold travels back in time to ensure the destruction of Coast City.
Costume Worn: MARK I.v2 power-suit
Issue Notes: This issue contains the final "Second Feature" with Blue Beetle.
This story has been reprinted in the following issue:
Booster Gold: The Tomorrow Memory (2010)
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Booster Gold and Skeets are flying, presumably over United States airspace, probably in the state of Florida, as the events of the previous issue concluded "a few minutes ago"
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SPOILER WARNING!: Reveal
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As Booster Gold arrives at Vanishing Point, Rip Hunter is viewing Cyborg Superman and Hank Henshaw in the time monitors. Cyborg Superman is shown posing holding the American flag from the cover of Superman, Volume 2, #79, and Hank Henshaw is seen being bombarded with cosmic radiation as occurred in Adventures of Superman #465.
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Despite Booster's protestations, he shares Hunter's philosophy regarding time maintenance, or he wouldn't perform his role as time policeman. Hunter is concerned with the natural maintenance of the Space-Time Continuum, which he philosophically defines as a fragile fabric that must be defended from manipulation by self-serving individuals. How Hunter comes to this rational decision or why he has appointed himself as time's guardian is never well explained, but there have been innumerable examples throughout the new DC 52-verse indicating that his fears are relevant and his job is necessary. Note that it is unlikely that Hunter's philosophy allows for the existence of Free Will, as he is privy to the knowledge of time from beginning to end. (A further discussion on the philosophies of time in the DCU can be found here.
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Kids, when Michelle Carter mentions a "payphone," she is talking about a publicly accessible coin-operated telephone. Prior to the widespread popularity of cellular phones in the early 21st century, they were a common sight in developed population areas. You don't see them much anymore.
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There is no evidence in Booster Gold's adventures to date of Booster having ever visited Coast City prior to its destruction. His first known trip to Coast City was in Green Lantern, Volume 3, #81.
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The "Federal Emergency Contact Line" in this case presumably connects to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), which handles potential terrorist investigations within the United States. While the FBI does have a national hotline for reporting "major cases," they recommend contacting local offices whenever possible. The closest FBI Offices to Coast City, California would be the office in the state capital, Sacramento.
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For the second time, Booster Gold comes face to face with the mysterious Project Slipshift agent. And he calls her "Sweet cheeks."
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SPOILER WARNING!: Reveal
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According to Skeets, the events of this issue are concurrent with the events previously depicted in 1993's Superman, Volume 2, #80, written and drawn by none other than Dan Jurgens.
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Booster compares the destruction of Coast City and its 7 million inhabitants to several other major catastrophes:
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According to the American Cancer Society, Cancer was known to be curable via operation by the middle of the 18th century. Chemotherapy wasn't discovered until the mid-20th century.
For more annotations from this story which occur at a different point in Booster Gold's chronology, click here.
Boosterrific Review: This is an engaging issue that relies heavily on long-established DC continuity for dramatic tension. Because Michelle Carter has never been firmly established as a character, it is easy to believe that the destruction of Coast City may be her destruction as well. After all, an alien invasion and potential destruction of a major metropolis were both key elements in her first "death" back in Booster Gold, Volume 1, #22.
Boosterrific Rating: Worth Its Weight In Gold.
Average Fan Rating: (2 votes)
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