- Booster Gold
“52 Pick-Up, Chapter 2: Leggo My Ego”
Volume 2, Issue 2, November 2007
Released September 12, 2007
Cover Price: $2.99
Guide Price: $3.00 (as of 2011)
Estimated Issue Sales: 47,088
Writers: Geoff Johns, Jeff Katz
Penciller: Dan Jurgens
Inker: Norm Rapmund
Colorist: Hi-Fi Designs
Letterer: Rob Leigh
Assistant Editor: Harvey Richards
Editor: Michael Siglain
Cover Artists: Art Adams, Dan Jurgens, Brian (Hi-Fi) Miller, Norm Rapmund
Cover Description: There are two covers to this issue: on the common cover drawn by Dan Jurgens, Booster Gold holds the power battery of the Green Lantern Sinestro as Sinestro recites his oath to the Green Lantern Corps and recharges his power ring. On the alternate cover by Art Adams, Booster is being attacked by Sinestro.
Brief Synopsis: Booster Gold begins his newest job as a policeman of time by interceding in Sinestro's first visit to Earth.
Booster Gold's role in this story:
Featured (Booster Gold plays a prominent role)
Costume Worn: MARK I.v2 power-suit
Issue Notes: Booster's comment on the cover of this issue, "Oh, boy!", is likely an allusion to the catch phrase of the time traveling main character of the television show Quantum Leap. The premise of Quantum Leap, a man traveling through time to "put things right that once went wrong," is thematically similar to Booster Gold's new objectives. This issue also has a variant cover by Art Adams that was published at a 1:10 ratio with the standard cover.
This story has been reprinted in:
Booster Gold: 52 Pick-Up (2008)
Page 2, panel 1
As Booster Gold, Skeets, and Rip Hunter travel through time in Hunter's Time Sphere, they pass rips in time showing historical events in the DC Universe. From left to right, these include Black Lightning fighting his arch-villain, Tobias Whale; the New Titans (including Deathstroke, Nightwing, Pantha, Phantasm, Red Star) confront their rebuilt comrade Cyborg, and Aztek with his first foe Bloodtype.
Page 4, panel 2
Hunter and Gold use Professor T. O. Morrow's "Time Screens" to view the past events of Guy Gardner's life. The villainous Morrow, who met Booster and Hunter at the conclusion to the events of 52, invented television screens that would allow him to monitor broadcast images from the future. Apparently, Hunter has adjusted them to view the past as well.
Page 8, panel 1
Guy Gardner, a graduate of the University of Michigan, holds a ticket to a Rose Bowl game featuring the University of Michigan (Wolverines) and University of Washington (Huskies) football teams. These two teams have played one another in the early January college football bowl game in 1978, 1981, 1992, 1993. It is unclear which year this takes place.
Page 10, panel 1
Booster's flying tackle of the Green Lantern Sinestro is the first meeting between the two. Fittingly, in Booster's years of fighting super-villains, Booster has never come face-to-face with the villain Sinestro. Instead, Booster's first confrontation with Sinestro is a battle between the two while Sinestro is still technically on the side of angels in the days before he was expelled from the Green Lantern Corps for his abuses of power.
Page 12, panel 1
Skeet's quip, "No man escapes me," is a paraphrase of the motto of the Manhunters, foes to the Green Lantern Corps.
Page 13, panel 1
As Rip Hunter goes "time diving," the reader sees Team 13 (from left to right: Traci Thirteen, Lord Andrew Bennett, Infectious Lass, Doctor Thirteen, Anthro, Genius Jones) griping about "popular fellows" like Booster Gold and Klarion the Witch Boy. This is a joke about the relative popularity of B-list heroes compared to the truly obscure members of Team 13. Anthro laments not having a jacket like JSA member Mister Terrific. This joke will be revisited in Booster Gold, Volume 2, #8 (noted by Morgenstern).
Page 16, panel 3
SPOILER WARNING!: Reveal
Page 17, panel 5
As Booster Gold and Guy Gardner meet for the first time (from Gardner's chronological point of view), a television in the background shows Superman in action. Even in recent revisions to the DC Universe's timeline, Superman was an active adventurer for several years before Guy Gardner became a Green Lantern.
Page 19, panel 4
HIS STORY: Booster confirms that his father was "a crook" and a gambler. Booster has very rarely spoken of his father.
Page 20, panel 8
Booster Gold and Skeets encounter Supernova III. As seen last issue, the Supernova costume was stolen from Booster's ancestor Daniel Carter, and now appears to be in the hands of someone who is using it to manipulate history.
Boosterrific Review: In this issue writer Geoff Johns takes the opportunity to play with his two latest toys: Booster Gold and Sinestro. The winner of the encounter is fans of the DC Universe in general and fans of Booster Gold and the Green Lantern Corps in specific. This issue easily lives up to the promise of the previous issue while continuing the tradition of the first volume of the series by including both action and poignant character development scenes.
Boosterrific Rating: Worth Its Weight In Gold.
Average Fan Rating: (3 votes)
In keeping with the new series premise, we're treated to an untold tale of events that will have galactic ramifications (Sinestro Corps, hmm I like the sound of that...) for the future of the DC Universe. Hints of future arch-enemies working against Booster and Rip. All that, AND a first meeting with Booster's long time team mate, Guy Gardner.
I really enjoyed his segments with Guy Gardner, and also the fact that Johns was implying Booster being the reason for a number of things in the DCU, such as Gardner NOT obtaining the Green Lantern ring first (which, according to GL #59 of Volume 2, is a VERY good thing)
I love how Booster, who certainly has his share of vanity, plays two of the biggest egotists in the DC universe-Guy Gardner and Sinestro. A fun issue.
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