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The Adventures of Superman

“Counterstrike!”

Volume 1, Issue 488, March 1992
Released January 28, 1992

Cover Price: $1.00
Guide Price: $3.00 (as of 2017)

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The Adventures of Superman, Vol. 1, #488. Image © DC Comics

 

ARTISTS

Writer: Jerry Ordway
Penciller: Tom Grummett
Inker: Doug Hazelwood
Colorist: Glenn Whitmore
Letterer: Albert DeGuzman
Assistant Editor: Dan Thorsland
Editor: Michael Carlin

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CHARACTERS & SETTINGS

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ISSUE DETAILS

Cover Description: From left to right: Deathstroke, Dr. Fate, Guy Gardner, Captain Marvel, Superman, Mister Miracle, and Flash battle Supergirl II, Draaga, and Maxima in space before Brainiac's Headship. (No Booster Gold.)

Brief Synopsis: Superman leads a strike squad of super-heroes into space against Warworld while Batman leads heroes on Earth against Brainiac's army.

Booster Gold's role in this story:
Supporting (Booster Gold plays a lesser role)

Costume Worn: MARK I power-suit

Issue Notes: "Panic in the Sky! Third Strike." (Superman diamond chronology "1992:11.")

This story has been reprinted in:
Superman: Panic in the Sky! (1993)

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ANNOTATIONS

Page 2, panel 1
Superman leads Mister Miracle, Captain Marvel, Guy Gardner, Valor, Agent Liberty, Wonder Woman, and Booster Gold in an aerial assault from the damaged Lexcorp Tower against Brainiac's Headship.

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Page 4, panel 5
While the other heroes were attacking the main hull of the ship, Booster attempts to free Aquaman from the Headship's tentacles. Before Booster can reach Aquaman, Brainiac teleports Aquaman away. Superman reveals to Booster that Briainac is telepathically linked to his Head-ship and can read the heroes' minds.

Page 5, panel 1
Booster calls Superman "Chief" and promises, "to try and keep my mind blank from here on in!" No doubt based on past interactions between the two, Superman doesn't think that this will be a problem for Booster.

Page 11, panel 2
Aboard the Headship, Booster joins Superman's strike force. Pictured clockwise from Superman are Flash III, Guardian, Elongated Man, Agent Liberty, Dr. Fate II, the Metal Men, Guy Gardner, Wonder Woman, Captain Marvel, Deathstroke, Kilowog, Mister Miracle, and Dubbilex in Metron's Mobius Chair. While Booster may be familiar with the Mobius Chair from his first meeting with Metron in Justice League International #12, he has never before encountered Dubbilex.

Page 17, panel 4
While Superman fights Draaga, Maxima, and a mind-controlled Supergirl II, Booster joins Captain Marvel, Rocket Red #4, Wonder Woman, and Dr. Fate in an assault on Warworld with other heroes. When the heroes divide into separate teams to infiltrate Warworld, it is unclear which team includes Booster. Booster is not seen again for the rest of the issue.

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REVIEWS

Boosterrific Review: Superman leads a hand-picked team of heroes against Brainiac. The issue suffers from some painfully stiff dialogue and some pointless, but is still a fine read.

Boosterrific Rating:

  • Currently 3.0/5 Stars.
Gold Standard.

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