- Booster Gold
“-- So Now What Do We Do?”
Volume 1, Issue 16, May 1996
Released March 27, 1996
Cover Price: $1.75
Guide Price: $3.00 (as of 2020)
Writer: Robert Washington III
Penciller: Tom Morgan
Inker: Ken Branch
Colorist: Lee Loughridge
Letterer: Kevin Cunningham
Editor: Ruben Diaz
Heroes: Amazing Man II, Blue Beetle II, Booster Gold, Captain Atom, Firestorm V, Maxima, Wonder Twins
Villain: Ruling Council of Exor
Supporting: Skeets I
Setting: Mount Thunder, DCU, USA, 20th-century
Cover Description: Amazing Man and Maxima embrace, almost kissing. (No Booster Gold.)
Brief Synopsis: Captain Atom's Justice League takes the time to reflect on recent events and the direction of their team.
Issue Summary: Reveal Potential Spoilers
Booster Gold's role in this story:
Featured (Booster Gold plays a prominent role)
Costume Worn: MARK X armored power-suit
Issue Notes: The "Next Issue" box in the letter column uses the cover art from issue 15.
Page 2, panel 1
Amazing Man II, Blue Beetle II, Booster Gold (and Skeets), Captain Atom, Firestorm V, and Maxima pose for battle against the Exorians, including Zan and Jayna. Though the battle over the slavery of the Exorian people was resolved in Extreme Justice #15, the question remains regarding ownership of Booster's Mark X exoskeleton, adapted from the Jrxian Flesh-Driver suit.
Page 4, panel 3
Zan and Jayna agree to let Booster keep the suit on the condition that they oversee its use. In essence, in exchange for Booster's continued use of the armor, Zan and Jayna will join Captain Atom's Justice League.
Page 7, panel 1
Captain Atom's Justice League continues their discussion about what the driving focus of their team should be. This discussion was begun in the previous issue, but continues here now that Zan and Jayna have officially joined the team. Blue Beetle takes a leadership role in the discussion, beginning a power shift from Captain Atom that will continue until the title's cancellation following Extreme Justice #18.
Page 17, panel 2
As Blue Beetle and Booster Gold prepare to engage Zan and Jayna in a training exercise of Capture the Flag, Booster compares his state of readiness to "Pop Tarts in a microwave." Microwave heating instructions on a box of Pop Tarts, a popular breakfast "toaster pastry" made by the cereal company Kellogg's, directs a heating time of just 3 seconds. So Booster is just taking the long way to say that he's ready.
Page 18, panel 1
Together, Zan and Jayna speak in Interlac, their native tongue: "Wonder Twin powers, activate!" Of course, this was what the pair would shout to activate their powers on the Challenge of the Super-Friends television show.
Page 18, panel 2
Jayna (in Interlac): "Form of -- a thrilm!"
Zan: "Shape of -- a water-spout!"
Page 19, panel 3
As Jayna, in the shape of an alien monkey called a "chitchin," captures Booster's flag and wins the game, she screams "gleek!" This is another reference to their television counterparts on Challenge of the Super-Friends. The Wonder Twins of television fame had a "Space Monkey" named Gleek who accompanied them on adventures with the Super Friends.
Boosterrific Review: In an attempt to devote equal time to all of the characters on the Extreme Justice team, the reader is treated to a shotgun assortment of boring scenes of engagement planning, flag football, pornographic movies, alcoholic interventions, underage drinking, and interracial dating. The art equals the story for inconsistency, resulting in the comic book equivalent of a restaurant appetizer sampler: some items are tasty, some less so, but there simply isn't enough to be very filling.
Boosterrific Rating: Gold Standard.
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