- Booster Gold
“Chapter One: Coffin”
Volume 1, Issue 1, August 2004
Released June 9, 2004
Cover Price: $3.95
Estimated Issue Sales: 173,421
Heroes: Adam Strange, Animal Man, Aquaman, Arsenal, Atom II, Beast Boy, Big Barda, Black Canary II, Black Condor II, Black Lightning, Blue Beetle II, Booster Gold, Captain Atom, Captain Marvel, Cyborg, Doctor Fate IV, Doctor Mid-Nite II, Elongated Man, Firehawk I, Firestorm V, Flash I, Flash III, Green Arrow I, Green Arrow II, Green Lantern I, Green Lantern III, Green Lantern IV, Green Lantern V, Gypsy, Hawkgirl II, Hawkman I, Jade, Katana, Kid Flash II, Martian Manhunter, Mary Marvel, Metamorpho, Mister Miracle, Mister Terrific II, Nightwing II, Power Girl, Ray II, Red Tornado, Robin III, Rocket Red #4, Slam Bradley, Starfire III, Stargirl, Starman VII, Superman, Tasmanian Devil, Tempest II, Vixen, Wildcat I, Wonder Woman, Zatanna
Supporting: Commissioner Gordon, Ellen Baker, Jean Loring, Jimmy Olsen, Linda Park, Lois Lane, Maxwell Lord, Oberon, Sue Dibny
Setting: Central City, DCU, USA, 21st-century
Cover Description: From left to right, Elongated Man, Black Canary, Green Lantern, Wonder Woman, Superman, Batman, Flash II, Hawkman I, and Zatanna stand in mourning above a coffin. (No Booster Gold.)
Brief Synopsis: The DC Universe is turned upside down when someone attacks a family member of a Justice Leaguer.
Booster Gold's role in this story:
Cameo (Booster Gold makes a minor appearance)
Costume Worn: MARK XII armored power-suit
Issue Notes: Events in this story must take place following the events of JLA Classified issues 4-9 for reasons obvious to readers of this issue. As the story progresses, many changes were made to the history of the DC Universe as a result of revelations made in this series, though none directly effect the history of Booster Gold.
Issue Reprints: This issue has been collected with the rest of the series in Identity Crisis.
Page 31, panel 1
SPOILER WARNING!: Reveal
Page 36, panel 3
Though Booster is not shown on-panel, a narrative panel details that Booster and Beetle are leading a group of heroes to interrogate Heat Wave, a former member of Flash's Rogues Gallery recently turned hero. The only evidence incriminating Heat Wave is that Sue was badly burned, indicating a criminal who uses a fire motif.
Boosterrific Review: The first-class art of Rags Morales and Michael Bair set the stage for writer Brad Meltzer's whodunit story about the murder of a beloved Justice League supporting character and the widespread emotional damage that it causes. While we at Boosterrific believe that the storyline of the Identity Crisis mini-series is ultimately flawed and recklessly tragic for the DC Universe, that doesn't stop this first issue from being a remarkably beautiful and deep comic book that is successful on all fronts and is completely deserving of any praise that it receives.
Boosterrific Rating: Boosterrific!
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