- Booster Gold
DC Universe: Legacies
Volume 1, Issue 7, January 2011
Released November 17, 2010
Cover Price: $3.99
Estimated Issue Sales: 23,215
Writer: Len Wein
Pencillers: Dan Jurgens, Scott Kolins
Inkers: Scott Kolins, Jerry Ordway
Colorists: Mike Atiyeh, Hi-Fi Designs
Letterer: Rob Leigh
Assistant Editors: Rachel Gluckstern, Simona Maratore
Editor: Michael Carlin
Cover Description: Batman and Superman lay defeated before the combined profile of Bane and Doomsday. (No Booster Gold.)
Brief Synopsis: A retired police officer recounts his memories of his life in the DC Universe.
Costume Worn: MARK I power-suit
Issue Notes: The events in this issue are told through flashback of the frame story protagonist, Paul Lincoln, now a very old man. The timeline of the events is quite different from how they were originally presented. (Batman wasn't wounded until a year after Superman was killed; Batman was present for Superman's funeral.) It is unclear whether this rearranged chronology is an accurate history of the DC Universe following the Infinite Crisis, or whether the anachronisms are due to the failing memory of an old man. It is important to note that Lincoln himself has aged considerably since the events pictured herein, but the heroes have not.
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DC Universe: Legacies (2011)
Page 7, panel 3
The Justice League confronts Doomsday for the first time. Events did not play out exactly this way in the original presentation of this story in the pages of Justice League America #69, but the differences are minor and the changes understandable given the need to compress the entire "Doomsday" story as told over several comics in 1992 into this single issue. Arriving alongside Booster Gold are, clockwise from top left, Maxima, Bloodwynd, Fire, Guy Gardner, Blue Beetle, and Ice.
Page 9, panel 1
Yes, Booster Gold named "Doomsday" in the original telling of Justice League America #69, and he's never given anyone the opportunity to forget it.
Page 9, panel 5
Doomsday destroyed Booster Gold's original Mark I power suit during the course of delivering Booster a severe beating in Superman, Volume 2, #74.
Page 10, panel 4
Defeated and powerless, Booster Gold is left behind as Superman pursues Doomsday in The Adventures of Superman #497. Booster will not see Superman alive again until after the Man of Steel's rebirth. This is Booster's last appearance in this issue.
Boosterrific Review: Compressing the "Death of Superman" and "Knightfall/Knightquest" stories of 1992-1994 into one comic book drastically diminishes the impact of each. This issue makes a passable primer for those perhaps ignorant of DC history, but the addition of the protagonist -- a character that is so typical of Kurt Busiek's storytelling style that he is distracting to those familiar with Busiek's Marvels or Astro City work -- adds nothing significant to the story for anyone who has already experienced the stories in previous tellings.
Boosterrific Rating: Gold Standard.
Average Fan Rating: (1 vote)
I've been enjoying this series, and the main character narrating his history with the greater DCU is effective starting when he was a paperboy in the 30's and helped out the Guardian with the Newsboy Legion up through being a cop at the ground level of Crisis, I think this story, when finished, would be the perfect book to hand to someone to get them familiar with the DCU, its almost done, and I really have been liking Len Wein's "history of the DCU" mini-series (or does 10 issues make it a maxi?)
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