- Booster Gold
“Reality Lost, Part IV of IV”
Volume 2, Issue 18, May 2009
Released March 11, 2009
Cover Price: $2.99
Guide Price: $3.00 (as of 2011)
Estimated Issue Sales: 23,733
Writer: Dan Jurgens
Penciller: Dan Jurgens
Inker: Norm Rapmund
Colorist: Hi-Fi Designs
Letterer: Sal Cipriano
Assistant Editor: Harvey Richards
Editor: Michael Siglain
Cover Artists: Dan Jurgens, Brian (Hi-Fi) Miller, Norm Rapmund
Cover Description: Booster Gold stands in front of (from left to right) the Blue Beetle's scarab; Rip Hunter; a Time Sphere containing the story's "mysterious villain," Michelle Carter, and Skeets; Vanishing Point; and the chronal Egyptian dagger.
Brief Synopsis: Booster Gold teams up with Booster Gold to save the history of the Blue Beetle.
Costume Worn: MARK I.v2 power-suit
Issue Notes: Although there are two Booster Golds and two Skeets in this issue (or, more accurately, one Booster Gold and one Skeets interacting at two different points on their own timelines), the Skeets do not meet while the Booster Golds spend most of their time together.
This story has been reprinted in:
Booster Gold: Reality Lost (2009)
Page 2, panel 4
A PAIR OF DOCS?: This meeting of Booster Golds takes place between panels on page 19 of Booster Gold, Vol. 2, #4.
Page 3, panel 3
Future Booster tells past Booster that he will be taking Rex Hunter's Time Sphere. Why mention this? You'll understand when you get to page 18.
Page 3, panel 6
BORROWING THE CAR: Booster's right: his plan will work. It's already been proven: for future Booster to even be talking to past Booster, the plan has already worked itself out.
Page 7, panel 1
Booster's mention of "31st-century tech" is a reference to his force field and Flight Ring, both designed by Brainiac 5 of the Legion of Super-Heroes. The Flight Ring contains a telepathic translation device -- a Universal Translator -- used by Legionnaires to communicate with one another. (Booster is wearing his Flight Ring on the middle finger of his right hand, though it has been mis-colored in this panel to be the same color as his blue glove.)
Page 8, panel 1
The scarab that the priest holds is the scarab of the Blue Beetle. The scarab's purpose and powers have been widely misinterpreted over the years. Dan Garrett, the first Blue Beetle, found the scarab in the tomb of Egyptian pharaoh Kah-ef-Reh. At the time, he believed that it was protecting against the "evil" of Kah-ef-Reh. Now it would appear that the priests believed that it would resurrect their deceased leader.
Page 11, panel 6
Utilizing the unique properties of Vanishing Point to view any event in history, the villain shows Michelle Carter being "torn apart" by the explosion that everyone believed killed her. Because she was saved by Rip Hunter, she was never killed, and what Michelle is watching should not exist. However, by existing outside of time, Vanishing Point is able to display any point in any possible tangential timeline (essentially the entire range of Hypertime), so whether Michelle is viewing her own death or the death of an alternate reality version of herself remains unclear.
Page 17, panel 5
SPOILER WARNING!: Reveal
Boosterrific Review: Booster Gold and Booster Gold join forces to kick some ass and foil the poorly explained plans of their shared deceased enemy. Like the preceding sentence, this issue starts with a terrific team-up, but soon bogs down in some rather confusing situations and a confrontation against an impossible enemy. Despite some puzzling fine details (which, let's face it, are generally irrelevant in the standard super hero slugfest), the book is worth reading based on the Booster Gold-Booster Gold team-up alone. Perhaps more significantly, the story provides for the long-necessary advancement of Michelle Carter's character, finally transforming her into something slightly more than a cardboard background figure.
Boosterrific Rating: Worth Its Weight In Gold.
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