- Booster Gold
DC Universe: Legacies
“Night After Night”
Volume 1, Issue 9, March 2011
Released February 9, 2011
Cover Price: $3.99
Estimated Issue Sales: 21,419
Writer: Len Wein
Pencillers: Scott Kolins, Jesus Saiz
Inkers: Scott Kolins, Karl Story
Colorists: Mike Atiyeh, Tom Chu, Marta Martinez
Letterer: Rob Leigh
Assistant Editors: Chris Conroy, Rachel Gluckstern, Simona Maratore
Editors: Michael Carlin, Joey Cavalieri
Heroes: Alpha Centurion, Amazing Man II, Big Barda, Blue Beetle II, Booster Gold, Brainiac 5, Captain Marvel, Captain Marvel, Jr., Cosmic Boy, Doctor Fate IV, Fire, Firestorm V, Flash III, Green Lantern V, Gypsy, Ice Maiden I, Impulse, Inferno, Jade, Martian Manhunter, Mary Marvel, Maxima, Mister Miracle, Obsidian, Ray II, Robin III, Saturn Girl, Spark, Superboy III, Superman, Takion, Ultra Boy, Warrior, Wildcat I, Wonder Twins, Wonder Woman
Villain: Doctor Polaris
Supporting: Dusk, Phantom Stranger, Skeets I
Setting: Metropolis, DCU, USA, 20th-century
Cover Description: Parallax and the Spectre loom over an eclipsed sun. (No Booster Gold.)
Brief Synopsis: A retired police officer recounts his memories of his life in the DC Universe.
Costume Worn: MARK X armored 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. 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.
This story has been reprinted in:
DC Universe: Legacies (2011)
Page 7, panel 1
Booster Gold appears among the heroes of the Final Night in a near-identical reproduction of page 8 of Final Night #1. Assembled heroes (and villains!) are Alpha Centurion, Amazing Man, Big Barda, Blue Beetle, Booster Gold (with built-in Skeets), Brainiac 5, Captain Marvel, Captain Marvel, Jr., Cosmic Boy, Dr. Light IV, Dr. Polaris, Dusk, Fire, Firestorm V, Flash III, Guy Gardner (as Warrior), Gypsy, Ice Maiden, Impulse, Inferno, Jade, Kyle Rayner (as Green Lantern), Martian Manhunter, Mary Marvel, Maxima, Mister Miracle, Obsidian, Phantom Stranger, Ray, Robin, Saturn Girl, Spark, Superboy, Superman, Takion, Ultra Boy, Wildcat, Wonder Woman, and Zan and Jayna (the Wonder Twins). Dusk is present but off panel. The only character omitted from the original panel was Gates of the Legion of Super-Heroes, who originally crouched between Ray and Superboy. As in the original issue, this panel is the only appearance of Booster Gold in this issue.
Boosterrific Review: This condensed version of Final Night and Day of Judgment fails to capture the energy or drama of either series. However, the real problem with this issue is not its deification of Hal Jordan, but rather its denigration of other DC icons: Superman calls a young hero "stupid," and Batman wastes his time whining, "what the hell are we going to do now?" Maybe the DC history does need a whitewashing, but that's all the more reason to get the characters right. Thanks to Jesus Saiz, this issue is beautiful to look at, thanks to Len Wien, it is painful to read.
Boosterrific Rating: Tarnished.
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