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Formerly Known as the Justice League

“A[nother] New Beginning”

Volume 1, Issue 1, September 2003
Released July 2, 2003

Cover Price: $2.50
Guide Price: $2.50 (as of 2011)
Estimated Issue Sales: 41,420 Rating
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Formerly Known as the Justice League, Vol. 1, #1. Image © DC Comics



Writers: J. M. DeMatteis, Keith Giffen
Penciller: Kevin Maguire
Inker: Joe Rubinstein
Colorist: Lee Loughridge
Letterer: Bob Lappan
Assistant Editor: Stephen Wacker
Editor: Dan Raspler
Cover Artists: Kevin Maguire, Joe Rubinstein

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Hero: Booster Gold
Supporting: Maxwell Lord

Setting: Unknown Beach, DCU, 21st-century

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Cover Description: In the oft-copied style of Justice League #1, the heroes Blue Beetle, Booster Gold, Captain Atom, Elongated Man, Fire, Mary Marvel and Sue Dibney strike a familiar pose.

Brief Synopsis: Maxwell Lord reforms a team of super heroes.

Booster Gold's role in this story:
Featured (Booster Gold plays a prominent role)

Issue Notes: This mini-series re-unites the characters of the original Justice League International in the hands of the original writers and artists. It was a critical and sales success, spawning a sequel. Events of the Infinite Crisis mini-series have possibly erased some or all of the events in this issue from history.

This story has been reprinted in:
Formerly Known as the Justice League (2004)

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Page 16, panel 3
On the penthouse level of a beachfront high-rise building, Maxwell Lord and Booster Gold have a conversation about Booster's lifestyle, namely Booster's recent marriage to an older woman (she is 65 years old) of exceeding wealth. Lord expresses the sentiment that Booster's marriage of convenience is demeaning. Booster doesn't seem too concerned; he's too busy enjoying the "sweet" life. The name of Booster's wife is not revealed.

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Page 17, panel 1
Booster's comment about Maxwell Lord not changing is somewhat ironic. Booster's previous meeting with Maxwell Lord was as a mourner at Lord's funeral. Later, Maxwell Lord's consciousness was in possession of the robotic body of Extremist Lord Havok courtesy of the artificial intelligence known as Kilg%re. (Kilg%re was also responsible for the founding of Maxwell Lord's original Justice League, as shown in Justice League International, Vol. 1, #12.) Lord challenged the League, including Booster Gold, as Lord Havok on a number of occasions, though his motivation to do so remains a mystery. In the years since, his cybernetic body has been made to resemble his previous flesh-and-blood body and his status as a cyborg has become common knowledge. Presumably, Booster Gold, as well as most other DC Universe heroes, was unaware of Lord's duplicity.

Page 17, panel 3
Without even knowing what sort of team Lord is proposing, Booster joins. Booster is something of an adrenaline-junky and glory hound, and he would certainly love to again enter the public eye.

Page 17, panel 4
FASHION ALERT: Booster's swimsuit is a blue and gold motif echoing his classic costume. There is even a blue star over his crotch. Perhaps Booster is modeling official Booster Gold swimwear.

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Boosterrific Review: The band is back together on this issue that evokes exactly the same tone as issues from the heyday of Justice League International. Writers Keith Giffen and J.M. DeMatteis are reunited with artists Kevin Maguire and Joe Rubenstein. Even Bob Lappan returns as letterer for this reunion tour of the men who made the Justice League International into the legend that it has become. The humor, characterization, and facial features are spot on. Though backgrounds are sparse and the action is light, these are minor quibbles in this super hero joke book strengthened by the tint of nostalgia.

Boosterrific Rating:

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Worth Its Weight In Gold.

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KMD (Feb. 8, 2010, 19:52:24)
A nice look back at the JLI's glory days and the humor seems well placed.

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