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heroes: Blue Beetle II, Booster Gold, Fire, Green Lantern IV, Huntress II, Ice, Martian Manhunter, Mister Miracle, Rip Hunter
supporting: Jeff Smith
Settings: 20th-century New York, NY, USA; 20th-century Rip Hunter's NY Lab, DCU, USA
Cover Description: Rip Hunter reaches though rubble for a clock while Jeff Smith looks on. In the background a large clock points to 8 o'clock. (No Booster Gold.)
Brief Synopsis: Rip Hunter begins to suspect that a powerful group called the Illuminati are manipulating world events.
Costume Worn: MARK I power-suit
Story Notes: The title to this story is a reference to a song of the same name made famous by the band Outsiders.
Reprints: This issue has been collected with the rest of the series in Time Masters.
Page 3, panel 1
Appearance of Rip Hunter, last seen in Booster Gold, Vol. 1, #25. Rip is still pursuing his dream of finding a new method for time travel. Since the collapse of Booster Gold International, Rip has apparently been employed by Dr. Will Magnus, genius inventor of the Metal Men. Rip Hunter, Booster Gold, and Will Magnus will all play a role together in restoration of Skeets in the pages of 52, though at no point have these three men met together.
Page 15, panel 7
Booster Gold arrives in Rip Hunter's lab in upstate New York. This is the third time that Booster has visited Rip at home. This is the first time that Booster has met Jeff Smith, Rip's Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T.) classmate.
Page 17, panel 7
Booster agrees to try to recruit "reliable, adventurous people" to test Rip's new backpack Time Pack. Booster himself is unable to use the Time Pack as it contains only the two time travel methods that he has already attempted. (In the post-Crisis on Infinite Earths DC Universe, each person can only travel through time once per method without fear of injury because of the stress on the human body.)
Page 18, panel 2
Appearance of Dr. Calvin "Cave" Carson, a professor of geology at Vanderbilt University and famous underground adventurer. This is the first appearance of Cave Carson in the post-Crisis on Infinite Earths DC Universe.
Page 21, panel 8
Booster admits to Martian Manhunter that his primary motivation in helping Rip Hunter is that "Rip might find a way for me to go home again." This motivation is only partially surprising because Booster has so little to return "home" to. Perhaps he has even less to stay in the present for.
Boosterrific Review: The premise of this series, that Rip Hunter has stumbled across a secret society that has manipulated human history, is the holy grail of conspiracy theorists (so to speak). This tired concept is given some new life here in the contemporary DC Universe, but this story will not excite mainstream readers despite the participation of modern versions of the Silver Age Rip Hunter and Cave Carson characters.
Boosterrific Rating: Gold Standard.
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