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heroes: Blue Beetle III, Booster Gold, Captain Atom, Fire, Ice, Rocket Red #07
supportinges: Checkmate, Skeets II, Taleb Beni Khalid-Isr
Settings: 21st-century Alps Mountains, Switzerland; 21st-century Potsdam, Germany
Cover Description: On the standard cover, Blue Beetle, Booster Gold, Captain Atom, Fire, Ice, and Rocket Red are surrounded by Checkmate. Booster Gold does not appear on the 1:10 variant cover. An alternate cover showcasing Booster Gold and the new Justice League International by Tony Harris appeared in solicitations by DC Comics for this issue, but that cover was not used and remains unpublished.
Brief Synopsis: The Justice League International struggle to escape from Checkmate.
Costume Worn: MARK I.v2 power-suit
Issue Notes: Tie-in to Brightest Day.
This story has been reprinted in the following issue:
Justice League: Generation Lost Volume 1 (2011)
Page 2, panel 1
Picking up immediately where the previous issue left off, Blue Beetle, Booster Gold, Fire, Ice, Rocket Red, and Skeets, all disguised as Rocket Red brigade members, are trapped in Checkmate's Swiss headquarters. The team faces a squad of Checkmate Knights led personally by Taleb Beni Khalid-Isr, Checkmate's Black King.
Page 2, panel 4
Booster Gold immediately takes charge of the situation. It may seem unnatural, but team leader is not a new role for Booster. He once capably headed the original Conglomerate for several months.
Page 4, panel 2
If Fire has been so concerned about maintaining her disguise, why has she let her green hair escape her helmet? Green is not a natural hair color, so you would expect someone to notice, especially since she was a recent Checkmate operative herself.
Page 6, panel 3
Because Ice is freezing the floor behind her back, Checkmate doesn't notice as it expands under their feet? Does the Taleb Beni Khalid-Isr have to concentrate so hard on counting to three that he doesn't feel the temperature change or see the ice particle forming?
Page 7, panel 1
What just happened to the coloring on Rocket Red's backpack? On every other panel in this issue, it is white. But as soon as he starts spouting Communist propaganda, it turns red. Maybe there was something to the infamous Red Scare of the Cold War era.
Page 12, panel 1
Oh, you're not fooling me. This was just an excuse for a cheesecake pose, Lopresti. I'm not complaining. I'm just... pointing it out. Note that in the background, Skeets appears to be shocked! (I can just hear him exclaiming, "Oh, my star!")
Page 13, panel 5
"Hey, Rube" is a jargon phrase for carnival workers calling for help against outside forces, typically carnival goers angered upon discovering the deceitful practices of sideshow workers. "Fat Man" was the nickname of the second atomic bomb dropped by the United States widely credited with ending the Second World War. Both codes are particularly well suited to their use in this issue.
Page 15, panel 1
"Fat Man" is revealed to be Captain Atom, whose arrival is accompanied by heightened radiation levels. Atom is capable of controlling all forms of energy, so this energy level is presumably a smoke screen to aid in evacuation.
Page 17, panel 5
FIRST APPEARANCE: This is the first appearance of the Potsdam, Germany embassy of the Justice League International. At the time of the League's founding, Potsdam was located in East Germany under Soviet control.
Page 19, panel 4
In fact, no one knows what the phrase "right as rain" originally meant. But most etymologists agree that the phrase thrives thanks to its alliteration, or in other words, the pleasant sounding repetition of initial consonants.
Boosterrific Review: All of the flaws I found with this issue are minor nitpicks except for one: this issue is too short. In this action-packed, emotional roller-coaster issue, the team develops some great chemistry in their rush from one cliffhanger moment to the next. This is Winick's first issue without Giffen's aid, and any fear that I may have had has proven groundless. Even Hi-Fi's colors, which I frequently find garish, were enjoyable in this comic book. A reader could only hope that the following issues in this series could be so much fun.
Boosterrific Rating: Boosterrific!
Average Fan Rating: (5 votes)
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