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Writers: J. M. DeMatteis, Keith Giffen
Penciller: Chris Batista
Inker: Rich Perrotta
Colorist: Hi-Fi Designs
Letterer: Sal Cipriano
Editors: Michael Carlin, Rachel Gluckstern
Cover Artists: Dan Jurgens, Jerry Ordway
Cover Description: Booster Gold and Estrogina are assaulted by tentacles. For the second time in three months, tentacles appear on the cover of Booster Gold but nowhere inside the issue.
Brief Synopsis: Booster Gold must save himself and an enchanted Blue Beetle from Starlag and Estrogina.
Costume Worn: MARK I.v2 power-suit
Issue Notes: Despite (or perhaps because of) the change in editors this month, inker Rich Perrotta's name is misspelled in the issue credits.
This story has been reprinted in the following issue:
Booster Gold: Past Imperfect (2011)
Page 1, panel 1
Booster Gold and Blue Beetle (transformed into a chipmunk in the previous issue) are among the prisoners on Starlag witnessing the jail break by Estrogina. Blue Beetle has an unusually long tail for a chipmunk, though this may be partially explained by a change in artists from the previous issue.
Page 3, panel 2
Estrogina essentially kidnaps Booster Gold for sex. There been a lot of overt references to sex in the pages of Booster Gold lately. Super hero genre comic books are traditionally filled with subtle sexual references (codpieces, over-sized breasts, skin-tight costumes for both genders), but rarer are the references to sexual practices or politics. The preponderance of this theme is not necessarily out of place in a comic book featuring Booster Gold, who by his very nature is a character designed to explore more mature themes than, say, Superman. The change is especially noticeable as Keith Giffen and J.M. DeMatteis, writers who have a history of making light of mature -- and occasionally taboo -- themes, have taken over a series that was largely devoid of any sexual situations during its first two-and-a-half years of publication.
Page 5, panel 1
For the second time in two issues, we are presented with an entire page filled with Skeets' internal dialogue. If this page had appeared in the original volume of Booster Gold, these narrative balloons would have been thought balloons. For a little robot sidekick, Skeets is becoming remarkably introspective.
Page 9, panel 1
Estrogina claims an army of Zamaron pirates, implying that she herself is Zamaron. Zamarons are an alien race of females related to the Green Lantern Corps' Oans, but have a warrior philosophy not dissimilar to the Amazons of Earth. Zamarons have traditionally been blue, not yellow. (Many fans have pointed out that the pirates appear to be Sklarians as seen in Bronze Age adventures of the Legion of Super-Heroes, though they were pink, not yellow. So the mystery of Estrogina's crew persists.)
Page 9, panel 2
Booster Gold crosses himself, placing his hand sequentially against his head, chest, shoulder, right shoulder, and left shoulder before bringing his hands together in prayer. This gesture is a blessing commonly associated with orthodox Christian religious services. In the past, Booster has shown little interest in religious beliefs. In this case he is probably drawing on every little bit of help he can get, divine or otherwise, even if his convictions are weak. (This is roughly equivalent to a scientist who will throw a pinch of salt over his shoulder, "just in case.")
Page 11, panel 4
The question of how characters can stand in space and yet talk (as seen in the two preceding issues) is explained by Estrogina as an "atmosphere pocket." Better late explanation than never.
Page 13, panel 1
Even Booster has had enough of all the sex jokes! (Why do I get the feeling that Booster's sentiment in this panel will be echoed by many of this issue's readers who were entranced by Geoff Johns but become fed up with Giffen and DeMatteis?)
Page 13, panel 4
Blue Beetle first discovers that he has a bad heart in 2002's Birds of Prey #39.
Page 14, panel 1
HAIR CLUB FOR HEROES: After commenting on Booster's thinning hair in the previous panel, Blue Beetle suggests that Booster use some "spray-on hair in a can." Inventory/pitchman Ron Popeil debuted his Great Looking Hair Formula (also known as hair in a can) in the early 1990s (initially filing a patent application for the product in December 1992).
Page 15, panel 2
Booster Gold quit the Justice League to form the Conglomerate in 1990. Booster would return to the League in April 1992.
Page 20, panel 4
Make note: according to Blue Beetle, Booster Gold's secret talent is musical farts. (Sex and fart jokes? Even the humor on Hee Haw wasn't this lowbrow!)
Page 21, panel 4
Estrogina's "blathering" is a quote from the 1982 movie Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, written by Nicholas Meyer. The lines were spoken by the title character who was himself paraphrasing the 1851 novel Moby Dick, written by Herman Melville.
Boosterrific Review: I've read this issue three times, and I'm still not sure if I like it. Maybe the gag of Booster stuck in the past having slapstick adventures with Ted Kord is growing a little long in the tooth after 3 consecutive issues (and counting!). Maybe the issue felt like re-reading jokes from Giffen's and DeMatteis' run on Marvel's 2005 Defenders mini-series. Maybe these trips into DC's recent history have become too much effort in nostalgia for nostalgia’s sake. In any event, rather than being excited to read Booster's latest exploits, this issue just made me feel tired.
Boosterrific Rating: Gold Standard.
Average Fan Rating: (7 votes)
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