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hero: Booster Gold
supportinges: Alexandra Gianopoulos, Nathaniel Adam, Skeets II
Settings: 21st-century Coast City, DCU, USA; 21st-century Gotham City, DCU, USA; 21st-century Unknown Mountains, DCU
Cover Description: Booster Gold poses before a star-burst featuring heroes of Flashpoint. Because of the masthead banners for the movie Green Lantern and the Flashpoint event, the issue logo is unusually small. The cover of the second printing of this issue is the same as the original cover tinted red.
Brief Synopsis: Booster Gold faces an old foe for the first time.
Costume Worn: MARK I.v2 power-suit
Issue Notes: Flashpoint tie-in. This issue sold out of its original printing and was reprinted with a slightly altered cover.
This story has been reprinted in the following issue:
Flashpoint: The World of Flashpoint Featuring Superman (2012)
Page 1, panel 5
Seen on a monitor in a government installation, Booster Gold is staring up at something, presumably the monster Doomsday. Since Doomsday towers over Booster, the government must have mounted a camera on Doomsday's belt to get this image.
Page 2, panel 1
Booster Gold is attacked by Doomsday at a Coast City rooftop penthouse. The last time Booster met Doomsday, in Superman, Volume 2, #74, Doomsday defeated Booster easily.
Page 5, panel 1
SPOILER WARNING!: Reveal
Page 7, panel 1
As if we needed any more evidence that Booster Gold was in an alternate timeline, Booster hitches a ride on a blimp. Dirigibles are typically a far more common sight in alternate universes, and have become a cliched shorthand in fiction for demonstrating that all is not quite the same in the alternate universe. Although Booster specifically calls the airship he is riding a "blimp," the ship appears to have a jet thruster or lamp embedded in the rear of the aircraft, an unlikely addition for a non-rigid dirigible. It seems more likely that Booster is riding a dirigible with a rigid frame, better known as a zeppelin.
Page 7, panel 3
Doomsday is being handled by the by the "Psi-Ops" branch of the "Project Six" U.S. military operation. In modern warfare, Psychological Operations -- typically "Psy Ops" -- are the means of affecting an opponents morale or willingness to fight. In this case, it would appear that "Psi-Ops" stands for Psychic Operations, where mind control is used to directly influence the actions of combatants at war.
Page 10, panel 8
Booster Gold and Alexandra Gianopoulos are formally introduced. Booster saved Alexandra from Doomsday's destruction of her Coast City penthouse, and the pair are now hiding out in an A-frame lakehouse in an unidentified remote mountain location. The A-frame that Booster has broken into has female clothing and working electricity, though there is no sign of its inhabitants.
Page 11, panel 5
Back in the proper time, there are indeed two Batmen: Bruce Wayne and Dick Grayson. In the Flashpoint timeline, neither of those men are the Batman.
Page 12, panel 1
Booster recaps some of the major changes seen in the history of the Flashpoint timeline:
Page 13, panel 3
Booster assumes that the changes in history were initiated by Professor Zoom, arch-nemesis of the Flash. Booster and Zoom met briefly in Time Masters: Vanishing Point #6.
Page 13, panel 6
Booster brags that his "25th century computer skills eclipse anything understood in this era" as he easily hacks into the United States Department of Defense Tracking Department. Either this department is so top secret that it doesn't appear in the organizational structure of the U.S. Department of Defense, or it is unique to the Flashpoint timeline.
Page 14, panel 1
PESL SIGHTING: The book spines seen in the library behind Booster's head include the name "Pesl" as seen occasionally in the work of inker Norm Rapmund (as seen in Booster Gold issues 23, 26, 28, and 31). Other names on these books are "Armet," "McClain," "Menul," and "Parson." Are these other friends of Norm Rapmund? Also seen is a book that could be Harry Potter volume 22.
Page 14, panel 6
Barry Allen arrived in the Flashpoint universe in Central City and traveled to Gotham City during the events of Flashpoint #1.
Page 17, panel 3
If this adventure took place immediately after the conclusion of Time Masters: Vanishing Point #6 as indicated last issue, then Booster's encounter with Professor Zoom would have taken place yesterday. However, since the conclusion of Justice League: Generation Lost also must have taken place since Time Masters: Vanishing Point #6, more than one day would have passed since the encounter. Ah, the life of Booster Gold: it's just one big time paradox.
Page 17, panel 5
Booster Gold arrives at Wayne Manor in Gotham City...
Page 18, panel 1
SPOILER WARNING!: Reveal
Boosterrific Review: The action is building, but I personally have a hard time getting excited about this story now that DC has announced a universe-wide relaunch and hinted at the cancellation of this series. Will Booster's adventures in Flashpoint-land be relevant in two months? Whether the sub-plots that have motivated Booster for the past 4 years are forgotten in the coming reshuffle, they certainly aren't addressed in this issue. With the end so near, this is not the story that I would want to be reading.
Boosterrific Rating: Gold Standard.
Average Fan Rating: (2 votes)
The Chronological Adventures of Booster Gold
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