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heroes: Black Canary II, Booster Gold, Cyborg, Green Lantern IV, Martian Manhunter, Rip Hunter
supportinges: Maxwell Lord, Rani, Skeets II
Settings: 20th-century New York, NY, USA; 21st-century Metropolis, DCU, USA; 21st-century Rip Hunter's AZ Lab, DCU, USA
Cover Description: Booster Gold, beaten and bloodied, gives a thumbs down. This cover intentionally echos the more upbeat cover of the previous issue.
Brief Synopsis: Booster Gold travels through time for proof of the existence of Maxwell Lord.
Costume Worn: MARK I.v2 power-suit
Issue Notes: Andy Helfer, editor of the original run of the Justice League International is mentioned in the issue credits, though he is not credited for his involvement of this issue. Crazy credits such as these have been a trademark of the involvement of the writing team of Giffen and DeMatteis and their comedic Justice League International series.
This story has been reprinted in the following issue:
Booster Gold: Past Imperfect (2011)
Page 1, panel 3
SCHOOL'S OUT: Rani has drawn a pony on Rip Hunter's infamous blackboard. Rip mistakes the drawing for a sign of chaos in the timestream, playing on the audience's expectations for the writing that appears on his chalkboard.
Page 2, panel 1
Booster Gold and Skeets find themselves battling a rampaging Scottish giant named Brigadoom. The giant's name is a pun on the fantastical, titular Scottish village of a 1947 musical play by Lerner and Loewe.
The location of this battle is unspecified,
though it is assumed to be Phoenix, Arizona. Booster Gold, Volume 2, #40 makes it clear that this battle is intended to take place in Metropolis. Within the DCU, the international SunDollers Coffee franchise is spelled with an "e," not an "a," except in the cities where franchises mysteriously appeared following the Infinite Crisis (as revealed online by The Daily Planet [see 52: The Website for details]). These cities are Gotham City, Metropolis, Miami, New York, Phoenix, and Star City.
Page 3, panel 2
Skeets is very concerned by Booster's use of the word "damned," a mild profanity that may be objectionable to Booster's audience. Some linguists may argue that in this particular instance Skeets misuses the word "expletives" as an euphemism for the word "profanity," since in this case Booster has used the word as neither an exclamation nor an empty adjective (though Booster had clearly done so in earlier panels).
Page 3, panel 4
A little obscure? Oscar Levant was an American songwriter and actor known for his quick, acerbic wit. Levant made few public appearances after the mid 1950s, and he died in 1972, over a decade before Booster Gold returned to the 20th century.
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MEET THE PRESS: Mark your calendar: in a rare occurrence, Booster refuses to grandstand for the press.
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Booster meets Cyborg in a Sundollar Coffee shop [spelling error previously noted above]. Booster is only present for a cup of coffee, but what is Cyborg doing there? Apparently heroes need their morning coffee like regular working stiffs.
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Booster Gold was a reserve member of the Justice League International when the International-era League first encountered Despero in Justice League America #38.
Page 6, panel 5
The JLI encountered the Construct in Justice League International #11 and Martian Manhunter scanned Maxwell Lord's mind in Justice League International #12. It seems likely that writers Giffen and DeMatteis may be speaking through the mouth of Booster Gold, especially since the pair originally created Lord as a flawed but well-intended supporting character for their original run on Justice League.
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See Countdown to Infinite Crisis #1 for more details on the last days of the second Blue Beetle. Wonder Woman killed Maxwell Lord in Wonder Woman, Volume 2, #219.
Page 7, panel 3
Maxwell Lord was resurrected in the pages of Blackest Night #8.
Page 7, panel 6
Booster's missing injuries from Justice League: Generation Lost #2 retroactively explained! Booster was apparently taken to a 28th-century hospital for treatment. Since hospitals in Booster's native 25th century have been shown to mend broken bones in minutes, a 28th-century hospital could be expected to cure similar wounds in between panels!
Page 8, panel 5
Booster Gold and Skeets rejoin Rip Hunter in his Arizona Time Lab. Rani is present off panel.
Page 9, panel 5
FASHION ALERT: Hooray! Rip Hunter appears to be holding Booster's original, Mark I uniform in his Arizona Time Lab. The original costume was destroyed at the hands of Doomsday in Superman, Volume 2, #74. At the time, Booster had no way of traveling to the future to repair it. Rip Hunter, on the other hand, has endless access to future technology.
Page 11, panel 6
A PAIR OF DOCS?: It takes Martian Manhunter mere seconds to realize that Booster Gold is out of place. Manhunter omits from his list of reasons that Skeets, who never interacted with the original Justice League International, has changed shape. This meeting takes place sometime between Justice League International #8 and #14, most likely immediately prior to issue #14.
Page 12, panel 2
Booster's conversation with Manhunter is interrupted by Guy Gardner on his way to see a movie called Darla Does Detroit, clearly a reference to the pornographic Debbie Does... series of films. "OdorRama" was a scratch-and-sniff promotion used for the 1982 Jon Waters film Polyester, and was intended as an homage "Smell-O-Vision," which like "3-D," was a gimmick introduced to entice movie-goers to theaters in the mid-1950s as a response to the proliferation of television.
Page 13, panel 1
Tivo is a brand name digital video recorder, capable of recording and playing back live television without the use of tapes. Tivo was introduced in 1999, years after the dissolution of the Justice League International.
Page 14, panel 2
Booster Gold has a poster of the New York Jets logo hanging on his bedroom wall. This is the first indication of Booster's loyalty towards any particular professional football team in the 20th century. The logo shown was discontinued by the Jets in 1967.
Page 15, panel 2
Booster hides from Dinah Lance, better known as the Black Canary, a founding member of the Justice League International. Canary withdrew from active duty by issue 14.
Page 15, panel 5
EXTRA, EXTRA: Booster appears on the cover of the Maxem Magazine held by Black Canary. This is clearly an allusion to Maxim, a popular men's magazine commonly criticized for objectifying women as sex objects. Maxim was first published in 1998.
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Booster Gold runs into Maxwell Lord, who expresses concerns over Booster's behavior. At this point in history, Maxwell Lord had not yet acquired his mind-altering powers.
Page 17, panel 5
Skeets expresses the principal of Relative Time Travel. For more information about the various principals of time travel at play in the DC universe, see here.
Page 17, panel 6
Skeets compares himself to Jiminy Cricket, the voice of conscience for the marionette given life in the 1940 Walt Disney movie Pinocchio. Jiminy Cricket's big scene is the singing of...
Page 18, panel 1
..."When You Wish Upon A Star," a song used as an enduring icon of The Walt Disney Company, heard at the beginning of a majority of the Company's television shows and movies.
Page 20, panel 2
When Skeets sees a media center filled with video tapes, the first thing that he thinks of if pornography? Someone needs to check his programming.
Page 20, panel 3
The Himalaya Range of South Asia is home to the largest mountains in the world, including Mount Everest and K2.
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The Justice League International was officially formed in Justice League International #7, and the appearance in question was seen at the end of that issue.
Page 22, panel 2
Now inanimate objects are a part of Solidified Time and cannot be dislodged from their original time. Booster may have known this, but it is news to the reader.
For more annotations from this story which occur at a different point in Booster Gold's chronology, click here.
Boosterrific Review: A satisfying return to the days of the Justice League International that pays tribute to the past without dissolving into rose-tinted nostalgia. Giffen and DeMatteis maintain their momentum on the book, squeezing an incredible amount of story into just 22 pages. And if nothing else, this book must be celebrated for the return of the high collar!
Boosterrific Rating: Boosterrific!
Average Fan Rating: (7 votes)
The Chronological Adventures of Booster Gold
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