- Booster Gold
Volume 2, Issue 33, August 2010
Released June 9, 2010
Cover Price: $2.99
Estimated Issue Sales: 19,894
Writers: J. M. DeMatteis, Keith Giffen
Penciller: Chris Batista
Inkers: Rich Perrotta, Prentis Rollins
Colorist: Hi-Fi Designs
Letterer: Sal Cipriano
Assistant Editor: Rex Ogle
Editor: Michael Siglain
Cover Artist: Kevin Maguire
Cover Description: Booster Gold, beaten and bloodied, gives a thumbs down. This cover intentionally echos the more upbeat cover of the previous issue.
Brief Synopsis: Booster Gold eats a sandwich.
Booster Gold's role in this story:
Featured (Booster Gold plays a prominent role)
Costume Worn: MARK I power-suit
This story has been reprinted in:
Booster Gold: Past Imperfect (2011)
Page 13, panel 4
HAIR CLUB FOR HEROES: Following a chance conversation with Martian Manhunter, Booster Gold becomes concerned with the potential loss of his hair. Rogaine, the brand name of baldness-treatment chemical Minoxidil, was released to the public by the Upjohn Corporation in the mid 1980s.
Boosterrific Review: A satisfying return to the days of the Justice League International that pays tribute to the past without dissolving into rose-tinted nostalgia. Giffen and DeMatteis maintain their momentum on the book, squeezing an incredible amount of story into just 22 pages. And if nothing else, this book must be celebrated for the return of the high collar!
Boosterrific Rating: Boosterrific!
Average Fan Rating: (7 votes)
The "humor" is still painful and characterizations thin as tissue paper.
Good issue. 'Boppy' sure was scared at first to see the pony on the board and the butterfly almost made him crap his pants, surely it brought back memories of Mr. Mind. Cyborg's lucky Booster didn't smack him like his name was Brigadoom. The JLI parts were done well. Enjoyed seeing Martian Manhunter and Booster together again, it only made me wonder if J'onn will pop up in JL:GL, I hope so. Giffen and Dematties are putting my doubts to rest, hope they keep up the good work. Oh and Rip looking like Rani's grandfather cannot be a coincidence, at least I don't think so.
Overall, very good. I loved the way Booster reacted to things in the past. I wonder if Rani really did draw the butterfly smile? I like how Rip completely fails to use language Rani can understand, and how both men interact with the small thing. I wonder if the eye colour change for Rani is permanent?
Generally entertaining although I do have to wonder why we keep having potty humor. I felt the best parts were in the present and in the time lab. Booster defends the JLI yet he still struggles with coming to terms with Maxs' betrayal. Something most writers seem to skim over. The scene with Booster and Rip makes me question whether Rip was really mindwiped but I liked the support he shows Booster. I enjoyed most of the past interactions Booster had with the exception of Black Canary. Good development and some rather cheesy jokes.
A good issue and a fun reminder of the old days of JLI. I wish there was a bit more action in this one though the scene at the start with Brigadoom was fun.
I really did enjoy this issue. It was a wonderful character study of my favorite hero and his relationship to a major villain in the DCU. Depending how this plays out, I might have to reconsider who Booster's "arch-nemesis" is. However, this issue has no action and probably has little appeal to non-committed Booster fans. Is this enough to keep the title afloat? Is it cancellation proof for the next couple of years? However, those invested in the title should not be disappointed with this issue.
Keith and J. M. fight back for the JLI! The Booster Gold title is now simply dealing with the details; Generation Lost is the main Booster book at this moment, for better or for worse. But somehow being relegated to the back seat may do the title a lot of good, as this issue suggests; relieved of the pressure to be taut and high-octane, like Generation Lost obviously aspires to be, Keith and J. M. crafted a strong, touching story on Booster's relationship with Max. The writers should be commended for what they're setting up to do; namely, for reconciling up Max's actions in Infinite Crisis and his old, well-intentioned self in the JLI books, something we should note people explained away as just the result of *lamest and laziest of all reasons* a Superboy punch.
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