- Booster Gold
“This Man... This Chipmunk!”
Volume 2, Issue 36, November 2010
Released September 9, 2010
Cover Price: $2.99
Guide Price: $3.00 (as of 2011)
Estimated Issue Sales: 18,504
Writers: J. M. DeMatteis, Keith Giffen
Penciller: Patrick Olliffe
Inker: Patrick Olliffe
Colorist: Hi-Fi Designs
Letterer: Sal Cipriano
Assistant Editors: Rachel Gluckstern, Rex Ogle
Editors: Michael Carlin, Michael Siglain
Cover Artist: Kevin Maguire
Heroes: Big Barda, Booster Gold, Darkstar, Darkstar Phil, Mister Miracle, Rip Hunter
Supporting: Skeets II
Settings: New York, NY, USA, 20th-century ; Unknown Planet, DCU, 20th-century ; Rip Hunter's AZ Lab, DCU, USA , 21st-century
Cover Description: Booster Gold stands holding a bloody puzzle piece over an over-sized jigsaw puzzle of Max Lord.
Brief Synopsis: Booster Gold is torn between his mission against Maxwell Lord and his friendships with the Justice League International.
Costume Worn: MARK I.v2 power-suit
This story has been reprinted in:
Booster Gold: Past Imperfect (2011)
Page 1, panel 1
Um, I'm no expert, but what have Blue Beetle and Queen Artemis done "fourteen times" in the 30 minutes that have elapsed since their last appearance last issue? (The "30 minutes" time estimate comes from Booster himself later this issue.)
Page 3, panel 1
Booster Gold, Big Barda, Mister Miracle, and Skeets are arrested by Darkstar Phil and his partner on board the Planet Pounder doomsday device orbiting Queen Artemis' planet. Exactly one minute and 33 seconds have elapsed since the end of last issue.
Page 4, panel 5
Speaking of "twitching a lip," just how are all of these people talking to one another in the vacuum of space, again?
Page 5, panel 5
Like Blue Beetle and Booster Gold, Bud Abbott and Lou Costello were an amazingly popular and successful comedy duo. The pair performed on vaudeville, radio, television, and movies in the first half of the 20th century. The duo broke up in 1957, but many still remember their famous "Who's on First" comedy sketch.
Page 5, panel 6
HAIR CLUB FOR HEROES: For the third time in four issues, Booster' thinning hair has been mentioned by a Justice League teammate as a tell-tale sign of his aging. Much more of this and Booster is going to have to get a hairpiece.
Page 8, panel 2
Booster Gold and Skeets are briefly reunited with Rip Hunter in his Arizona Time Lab before rejoining the reborn Justice League International in Justice League: Generation Lost #7.
Page 8, panel 5
FASHION ALERT: The "ridiculous collar"? Skeets, how could you? What is ridiculous is the art -- specifically the colorization -- of Booster's costume on this entire page. In panel 1, he is clearly wearing a facsimile of his original Mark I costume (gold collar, gold gloves). In panel 2 and 4, his shoulders are suddenly blue. He doesn't remove the collar until panel 5 (when Skeets makes a big deal about it). In panel 6, he's changed his gloves off panel, and his costume finally appears as the Mark I.v2 costume should look (no collar, blue gloves). Skeets, you couldn't be more wrong: Booster should return to his original (and greatest!) collared costume to prevent confused panels like this.
Page 8, panel 6
Deceased since 2008, fashion critic Mr. Blackwell was renowned for his "Ten Worst Dressed List," a witty (and sometimes mean-spirited) annual critique of Hollywood fashion flubs.
Boosterrific Review: Whew! This issue is all over the place! Fans of Giffen's and DeMatteis' trademark humor will find something to love in this issue. So will fans of DC history. And Blue Beetle fans. And Justice League International fans. And space opera fans. And, well, probably just about everybody. The book's only significant flaw is that the art of Pat Olliffe (pulling double-duty on pencils and ink) is very uneven, probably a side-effect of the book's breakneck plot and diverse plot elements.
Boosterrific Rating: Worth Its Weight In Gold.
Average Fan Rating: (5 votes)
Vintage Bwahaha humor from Giffen & DeMatteis! Love it!!!
Awkward and uncomfortable. This story should have wrapped up last issue and we should have moved on from the nostalgia trip. I was not amused by "chipmonk" BB and it seemed the story hinged on finding that one element funny. I was enjoying the previous issues of this story, it just fell off the wagon in this issue. What a waste of a great cover.
It's all over the place, indeed. I'm inclined to give this issue 1 star, but I'll add a star anyway for my expectations. Giffen and DeMatteis better end this arc with something substantial.
This was not one of my favorite issues. The repetition of the humor, the crudeness and the unsettling "joke" with Ted and the Queen made this issue a uncomfortable read for me. Like KMD already mentioned the tone seems to be at odds with the more serious things Boosters' trying to accomplish. BTW Boosters' hair looked a little faded in the future but I doubt he's going bald. Especially since no one else outside the JLI commented on it (although Giffin/DeMatteis might use that joke again.)
While there were some fun moments, the book seemed a bit off, especially with Booster facing much darker plots in other comics right now. The art was a bit off.
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