- Booster Gold
Volume 1, Issue 13, February 1996
Released December 12, 1995
Cover Price: $1.75
Guide Price: $2.00 (as of 2020)
Writer: Robert Washington III
Penciller: Tom Morgan
Inker: Ken Branch
Colorist: Lee Loughridge
Letterer: Kevin Cunningham
Assistant Editor: Alisande Morales
Editor: Ruben Diaz
Cover Artists: Chris Batista, Colorworks, Chip Wallace
Cover Description: Monarch II and Captain Atom fight in the air above a protesting Booster Gold.
Brief Synopsis: Captain Atom investigates Monarch to find the truth behind his story.
Issue Summary: Reveal Potential Spoilers
Booster Gold's role in this story:
Featured (Booster Gold plays a prominent role)
Page 1, panel 1
Booster Gold, whole and healthy, confronts Amazing Man II, Blue Beetle II, and Maxima inside the spaceship of Monarch II in New York City. Despite Blue Beetle's skepticism, Monarch has apparently restored Booster to complete health.
Page 6, panel 2
Amazing Man, Blue Beetle, Booster Gold, and Maxima exit Monarch's ship, disrupting a fight between Captain Atom, Firestorm V, and Monarch II. Booster, enamored with his new arm, brags about how he will no longer need his teeth to tear a telephone book in half. In point of fact, tearing a phone book using one hand and teeth is much more impressive than by using two hands, which is a simple application of leverage, not so much strength.
Page 11, panel 5
Amazing Man becomes irritated at Booster's insistence on walking around, feeling "the air on my skin," during their flight back to Nevada aboard Beetle's latest Bug at a flight speed of Mach 2. So Amazing Man straps Booster into a chair. Booster has been trapped inside his metal armor since his near-death experience courtesy of Devastator in Justice League America #89.
Page 18, panel 1
Beetle and Booster are arm wrestling, and it appears as though Booster is losing. Beetle's comment, "best 17 out of 19," makes little sense unless they were competing to 17 wins. Traditionally, a "best of" series of games is played until one player or team has won one game more than half of the odd numbered set, making victory mathematically impossible for the opponent. Half of 19 is 9.5, so the winner of a set of 19 should have 10 victories. Firestorm has been betting on the outcome of the matches and jokes that he is "halfway to a vacation on Kooey-cubed." This is a reference to Beetle and Booster's short-lived Club JLI on the island of KooeyKooeyKooey as shown in Justice League America #34. Booster challenges Firestorm...
Page 19, panel 4
...and loses. Firestorm repeats the theme of Beetle's cryptic comment, "best 37 of 39," suggesting that Booster has just lost many, many matches with his new arm.
Page 20, panel 4
Monarch remotely activated Booster's "implants," causing him great pain as his body begins to transform.
Page 22, panel 2
Captain Atom and Maxima catch up with the Bug in flight to find Booster begging for death. If the Bug has been flying at Mach 2 since leaving New York City, the flight to Nevada should have taken about two hours. If Captain Atom and Maxima left New York City an hour later than the Bug, they would have needed to fly at speeds meeting or exceeding Mach 3 in order to catch up to the Bug before it reached Mount Thunder.
Boosterrific Review: For an action-oriented series, the closest that this issue comes to fisticuffs is a panel featuring arm-wrestling. The pages of this book contain enough speech balloons and discussion of cloning and identity that I had to double-check to make sure that this issue wasn't published by Marvel Comics. Not the series' finest issue.
Boosterrific Rating: Tarnished.
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