- Booster Gold
Volume 1, Issue 18, July 1987
Released April 14, 1987
Cover Price: 75¢
Cover Description: Booster Gold lies on his side in a dirty alleyway as he stares down the barrel of the futuristic pistol aimed at him by Broderick.
Brief Synopsis: Time-displaced federal agent Broderick describes hist history with Michael Jon Carter.
Costume Worn: MARK I power-suit
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Showcase Presents: Booster Gold (2008)
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HIS STORY: Broderick and Drew attend the annual Metropolis University versus Gotham University football game. Michael Jon "Booster" Carter is the star quarterback for Gotham U. Broderick is clearly cheering for Metropolis ("Metro 'U'"), and he expresses hope that Carter will be drafted (chosen for the opportunity to become a team member) by the Metropolis Panthers professional sports team.
Boosterrific Review: Booster Gold #18 is largely a character study of Booster Gold from the point of view of the issue's antagonist: the federal agent Broderick last seen in issue 15. The middle third of this book is essentially Broderick's story, giving the impression that Broderick was intended to be a bigger player in the life of Booster Gold than he already was. Even if that wasn't the case, it's an interesting opportunity to show how Booster Gold affected the lives of people even before becoming a super hero.
The primary appeal of this issue is the portrayal of Booster Gold as a moral and intelligent hero. Despite Broderick's reservations to the contrary, in this issue Booster demonstrates humanity far beyond that which he is typically credited as he puts his life on the line to thwart an unglamorous liquor store robbery. And while the case could be made that Booster is simply manipulating the situation to save himself from Broderick's bloodlust, even that pays complement to Booster's often underplayed intelligence. Either case is a win for Booster, and this issue is a win for the reader.
Boosterrific Rating: Boosterrific!
Average Fan Rating: (2 votes)
I really enjoyed this story a lot. Broderick turned out to be a very interesting character; I really hadn't expected to see him ever again after Booster returned from the future a few issues back.
Great issue-I would say the finest in the first series. The contrasting lives but intertwined stories of Broderick and Booster is wonderful.
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