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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: Chris Batista, Hi-Fi Designs, Rich Perrotta
Cover Description: Booster Gold kneels before a tombstone.
Brief Synopsis: Booster Gold struggles with the loss of his friend, Ted Kord.
Costume Worn: MARK I.v2 power-suit
Page 2, panel 3
A quiet, reflective moment in Rip Hunter's Time Lab is ruined for Booster Gold and Skeets when Rani gets her hands on the Goldstar uniform. Michelle, as usual, is quick to blame Booster, though Rip Hunter will remain his typical, emotionally distant self.
Page 3, panel 6
The phrase "reverse the polarity" is among the most cliche of all science fiction tropes. It is widely considered to have originated on the long-running British science-fiction television show Doctor Who, though it can be found in almost every science fiction series since when a bit of techno-babble is required to solve a seemingly impossible problem.
Page 6, panel 1
Booster Gold is "on patrol" in Highland Park, Illinois, the former home of the Ted Kord. Skeets' comment that Booster has never been on patrol is quite accurate: Booster generally responds to known trouble situations or schedules events, but he has never wandered the streets looking for random crime like Batman or Superman.
Page 8, panel 3
Skeets is wrong. Under Illinois state law, Booster Gold can, as a private citizen, "arrest another when he has reasonable grounds to believe that an offense other than an ordinance violation is being committed," per the Illinois Code of Criminal Procedure of 1963 (725 ILCS 5, Title II, Article 107-3).
Page 8, panel 4
Skeets is wrong again. Under Illinois state law, Booser Gold cannot commit battery, or cause bodily harm, "intentionally or knowingly without legal justification," per the Illinois Criminal Code of 1961 (720 ILCS 5, Article 12-3).
Page 9, panel 2
The latest small-time thief to be apprehened by Booster Gold calls himself "The Booster," an appropriate sobriquet. The Booster plans to be a Robin Hood-type figure, stealling jewelry from the rich to give to the poor. Booster Gold, on the other hand, only stole from museums to give to himself.
Page 9, panel 5
Booster's anguish has triggered a break with reality wherein he fails to recognize that he is no longer speaking to The Booster but instead his deceased friend, Ted Kord. Booster has previously been moody and emotionally unstable, but he has rarely expresed such severe, if temporary dementia.
Page 14, panel 2
Booster and Skeets visit Ted Kord's grave in Highland Park Cemetary.
Page 20, panel 1
Ted Kord's grave is seen protected by various force fields through several points in time, including the present,...
Page 20, panel 2
...the near, apocalyptic future,...
Page 20, panel 3
...the post-apocalyptic world of Kamandi,...
Page 20, panel 4
...the 25th century of Booster Gold,...
Page 20, panel 5
...the 30th century of Legion of Super-Heros,...
Page 20, panel 6
...and the end of the world.
Boosterrific Review: This issue's in-depth investigation of Booster's emotional state and how poorly he has dealt with the loss of his best friend Ted Kord was a refreshingly brutal bit of character study. It is especially satisfying in the wake of recent Booster stories that have been very heavily influenced by attempts to recapture the slapstick past of Blue and Gold of the JLI days.
Boosterrific Rating: Boosterrific!
Average Fan Rating: (6 votes)
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