- Booster Gold
“Booster - Busted!”
Volume 2, Issue 41, April 2011
Released February 16, 2011
Cover Price: $2.99
Guide Price: $3.00 (as of 2011)
Estimated Issue Sales: 15,864
Writers: J. M. DeMatteis, Keith Giffen
Penciller: Chris Batista
Inker: Rich Perrotta
Colorist: Hi-Fi Designs
Letterer: John J. Hill
Assistant Editor: Rex Ogle
Editors: Michael Carlin, Rachel Gluckstern
Cover Artists: Chris Batista, Rich Perrotta
Heroes: Booster Gold, Rip Hunter
Villains: Doctor Nishtikeit, Perforated Man
Supporting: Guard O'Brien, Michelle Carter, Rani, Skeets II
Settings: Rip Hunter's AZ Lab, DCU, USA , 21st-century ; Unknown Prison, DCU, 25th-century
Cover Description: Battle-damaged Booster Gold is dragged on his back by two armed men.
Brief Synopsis: Dr. Nishtikeit strikes back at Booster Gold.
Costume Worn: MARK I.v2 power-suit
Issue Notes: Despite no change in the price from the previous issue, the cover promotes DC's "Drawing the Line at $2.99" slogan.
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Events in this issue begin in Rip Hunter's Arizona Time Lab moments after the conclusion of the previous issue. Rip Hunter has tazered Booster Gold in order to prevent him from fleeing Rip's decision that Booster should return to his native time and face legal judgement for the crime of stealing from the Space Museum (as originally detailed in Booster Gold, Volume 1, #6). Michelle Carter, Rani, and Skeets join Booster and Hunter for their discussion.
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He may have a point, Michelle, but it's not a very good one. Where in time could Booster Gold possibly go that Rip Hunter, the Time Master, couldn't find him?
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Rip Hunter says that he and Booster Gold have worked together for "these past months." Not counting their time together in the year-long storyline in 52, Booster joined Rip in Booster Gold, Volume 2, #1, 42 months (3-1/2 years) ago.
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Rip Hunter doesn't know who Ward Cleaver is? Ward Cleaver, played by Hugh Beaumont, was the father of the oft-troubled Beaver in the enduring television sitcom Leave it to Beaver. This exchange is somewhat ironic, as Booster has no idea that he is destined to be Rip Hunter's father.
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Rani was rescued from the destruction of the planet Daxam by Booster Gold in Booster Gold #32.
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Actually, Rani, Booster Gold's faith is a bit of a question. It's hard to believe that any hero in the DC Universe could be an atheist after angels have earned Justice League membership and devils have bargained for the souls of heroes and villains alike. Booster has frequently invoked the name of "God" in his adventures, but he has never been seen attending any organized religious worship service and once claimed to be an atheist. (Although he also once claimed to be married to a woman named Gladys as part of an extended practical joke.)
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Speaking of "crappy security," Rip Hunter's lab in recent months has been invaded by Black Beetle (in Booster Gold #5), Chronos (in Booster Gold #13), the Time Stealers (in Time Masters: Vanishing Point #1), and now a time-displaced Nazi. That's not a very sterling track record for the the headquarters of someone who claims to have changed his own name to hide from the wrath of his many, many enemies.
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HAIR CLUB FOR HEROES: Skeets reminds Booster that his hairline is receding. Skeets also hints that Rip Hunter is younger than Booster Gold.
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"Feuerball" translates from German as "fireball." Dr. Nishtikeit is referring to a rumored (but unproven) secret weapon of the German military designed to distract enemy aircraft that may have been the basis for mid-20th century UFO sightings.
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Michelle has diagnosed Rani as suffering from a Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) loop. Stress-induced flashback episodes can force the PTSD sufferer to relive the traumatic events that triggered the condition over and over. PTSD is not uncommon in people who have survived traumatic events, including natural disasters and the unnatural destruction of entire planets.
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SPOILER WARNING!: Reveal
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Franz Leibkind is the unrepentant Nazi author of "Springtime for Hitler," the play designed to fail in Mel Brook's The Producers. Note that the name is misspelled in this issue.
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Angered and wounded by Dr. Nishtikeit's surprise stabbing, Booster wishes that Nishtikeit would go "down to Argentina." The government of Argentina was very accommodating to former Nazi officials who fled persecution following their actions in World War II.
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POWER UP: Much like Booster keeps spare copies of his Mark I.v2 power suit on hand, Skeets keeps a closet of spare hulls should he ever become damaged.
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Isn't it good to know that Michelle yells at everyone and not just Booster? These days she might be a shrew, but at least she's an equal opportunity shrew.
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Skeets references Kooey-Kooey-Kooey, a Pacific island where Booster and Blue Beetle once established a casino and resort with funds embezzled from the United Nations in Justice League America #34. Some might argue that stealing from the U.N. is a far worse crime than stealing some unused artifacts from a museum.
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SPOILER WARNING!: Reveal
Boosterrific Review: Something about this issue feels classic, like the stories of the late Bronze Age of comics. Maybe it's the Nazis or the prison. Maybe it's the imminent threat of death or the appreciation for family. Or maybe it's the collision of continuity and storytelling. Whatever the case, Giffen and DeMatteis continue to gain traction in an enjoyable issue.
Boosterrific Rating: Worth Its Weight In Gold.
Average Fan Rating: (2 votes)
It was an ok issue but nothing really stood out for me. While not bad, there was little in here that seemed memorable.
It is an ok issue. If you can set aside what feels like gross mischaracterization of supporting cast and blatant incongruity with established Booster lore, then it becomes a smash'em up with a neat villain and interesting plot development for the main character.
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