- Booster Gold
Heroes in Crisis
“Then I Became Superman”
Volume 1, Issue 2, December 2018
Released October 31, 2018
Cover Price: $3.99
Estimated Issue Sales: 101,075
Writer: Tom King
Artist: Clay Mann
Penciller: Travis Moore
Inker: Travis Moore
Colorists: Tomeu Morey, Arif Prianto
Letterer: Clayton Cowles
Assistant Editor: Brittany Holzherr
Editor: Jamie S. Rich
Heroes: Booster Gold, Flash II
Supporting: Skeets III
Settings: Central City, DCU, USA, 21st-century; Gordon, NE, USA, 21st-century
Cover Description: This book has 2 different covers, neither of which includes Booster Gold.
Brief Synopsis: Booster Gold begins his own investigation into the truth of what happened to Sanctuary.
Issue Summary: Reveal Potential Spoilers
Booster Gold's role in this story:
Featured (Booster Gold plays a prominent role)
Costume Worn: MARK I.v2 power-suit
This story has been reprinted in:
Heroes in Crisis (2019)
Page 8, panel 3
POWER UP: When Booster Gold regains consciousness in a field outside Gordon, Nebraska, Skeets explains it used "technology beyond the understanding of this era" to heal the stab wounds Booster received from Harley Quinn in the previous issue.
Page 8, panel 5
POWER UP: Booster recaps the events of Heroes in Crisis #1 for Skeets, mentioning that his force field wasn't working. Is this a clue to what happened at Sanctuary? It is presumably working again, since it appears that Skeets has repaired the damage to Booster's costume.
Booster also repeats his own claim that Harley Quinn is responsible for the massacre at Sanctuary and Harley's counter-accusation that he is the guilty one. If Harley really believed that, why didn't she finish Booster off when she had the opportunity before she departed for Gotham City?
Speaking of Gotham City, how far is it from Gordon? How long has Booster been unconscious if Harley had time to get to Gotham, acquire a safe house from the Penguin, and get a complete change of clothes? Google Maps suggests that Gordon and Gotham are at least 25 hours apart if traveling by car. Gordon doesn't have an airport, but if Harley was able to hitchhike to Chadron, 25 miles away, she could conceivably catch a flight to Gotham by way of Denver. That might take as few as 6 or 7 hours. Either way, that's a long time for Booster to be lying in a field.
Page 11, panel 4
Booster decides that the best way to get to the truth of what happened at Sanctuary is to run his own investigation... because that's what Batman would do.
Page 12, panel 4
Speaking of Batman, he, Superman, and Wonder Woman are indeed running their own investigation. They confront Harley Quinn in her hideout in Gotham City. Harley tells them that "Booster Gold killed everyone." And then she tells them that she killed Booster. Since we know the second statement is false, it makes it harder to believe the first statement.
Page 14, panel 6
Harley Quinn defeats Batman and Superman. (Wonder Woman doesn't get involved in the fight at all.) As Harley flees the scene with a handful of kryptonite, she blames Booster again. Why did Harley need kryptonite? And why is she so intent on pitting the heroes against Booster Gold?
Page 16, panel 1
Booster travels to Central City to seek out the help of The Flash. (Flash was busy fighting a group of Samuroids — robots dressed as Japanese samurai warriors — at the time, but that never takes him long.) In his civilian identity, Barry Allen is a police forensic scientist and therefore would be an ideal ally in investigating a crime. Unfortunately...
Page 16, panel 7
SPOILER WARNING!: Reveal
Boosterrific Review: Better than the first issue. Finally, we're starting to get a good view of the story (and the real mystery), although there is still too much unexplained, seemingly out-of-character behavior from established DC heroes for me to be truly enthusiastic. If the path to the solution to this mystery requires Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman — and especially Booster Gold — to act like characters I've never met before, it won't be a very satisfying reveal.
Boosterrific Rating: Gold Standard.
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