- Booster Gold
Volume 1, Issue 5, June 1995
Released April 11, 1995
Cover Price: $1.75
Guide Price: $2.00 (as of 2020)
Cover Description: Firestorm V is in the palm of the hand of a gigantic Firestorm IV. (No Booster Gold.)
Brief Synopsis: The Justice League must interfere when Martin Stein's Firestorm returns to Earth and sets Pittsburgh ablaze.
Issue Summary: Reveal Potential Spoilers
Booster Gold's role in this story:
Supporting (Booster Gold plays a lesser role)
Costume Worn: MARK IV armored power-suit
Issue Notes: This is the last issue of this series to carry the seal of the Comics Code Authority.
Page 4, panel 2
Amazing Man II, Blue Beetle II, Booster Gold, Captain Atom and Firestorm V are present when Earth's Fire Elemental, Firestorm IV, returns to Earth, accidentally setting Pittsburgh on fire. Firestorm IV is Martin Stein, one half of the gestalt hero Firestorm I. The other half of Firestorm I was Ronnie Raymond, now Firestorm V, having recovered his powers in Extreme Justice #4.
Page 7, panel 3
Rushing to save a bus from the Firestorm IV induced fire, Booster laments that Keanu Reeves is not present. This is a reference to the 1994 movie Speed, which was a box-office surprise that launched the career of Sandra Bullock.
Page 10, panel 2
After saving the passengers on the bus from an explosion, one teenager recognizes Booster and comments that his "new armor really bites!" If the letter columns are indicative of fan sentiment, this is an accurate echo of how most readers viewed Booster's armored suits.
Page 22, panel 5
Booster Gold is present alongside Amazing Man II, Blue Beetle II, and Captain Atom to welcome Firestorm V into their branch of the Justice League.
Boosterrific Review: Writer Dan Vado presents a long-overdue, intriguing story of Firestorm vs. Firestorm. Vado has a talent for burying significant, continuity-driven characterization in epic, mindless action scenes, a skill that serves him well in poorly drawn, action-oriented team books such as this one.
Boosterrific Rating: Tarnished.
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