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“World War Three: Part Four”

Volume 1, Issue 39, March 2000
Released January 26, 2000

Cover Price: $1.99
Guide Price: $2.50 (as of 2004)
Estimated Issue Sales: 78,273 Rating
  • Currently 4.0/5 Stars.

JLA, Vol. 1, #39. Image © DC Comics



Writer: Grant Morrison
Penciller: Howard Porter
Inker: John Dell
Colorists: Pat Garrahy, Heroic Age
Letterer: Ken Lopez
Assistant Editor: Tony Bedard
Editor: Dan Raspler

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Cover Description: Queen Bee wrestles with Big Barda as Steel, Wonder Woman, and Plastic Man watch. (No Booster Gold.)

Brief Synopsis: Despite the best efforts of the Justice League, Maggedon pushes Earth gradually closer to World War III.

Booster Gold's role in this story:
Cameo (Booster Gold makes a minor appearance)

Costume Worn: MARK XI armored power-suit

Story Notes: This issue is part of the "World War Three" storyline. This title will be re-used by writer Grant Morrison and others during the series 52.

Reprint Notes: This issue has been collected in JLA Volume 6: World War III.

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Page 1, panel 2
Booster Gold is among the heroes assembled at the JLA North America Embassy to hear Aztek's description of Mageddon. Other heroes pictured include Black Canary, Blue Beetle, Flash I, Mister Miracle, and Red Tornado. Booster Gold's costume has been corrected since the previous issue, and he now clearly wears his asymmetrical Mark XI power-suit.

Page 2, panel 1
It becomes clear that many other heroes are also assembled at the meeting, but only Captain Atom and Firestorm are clearly depicted.

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Page 2, panel 2
Booster Gold and Blue Beetle Joke with one another about Beetle's weight problem. Though resolved long ago (in Justice League Quarterly #6), the situation is clearly a subject of lingering mirth for the pair. Once upon a time, Beetle and Booster would have been terrified of the scope of the problem that they face, but now they handle the gravity of the situation with subdued aplomb. This is the last panel of this comic book to include Booster Gold.

Page 2, panel 3
More heroes seen are Elongated Man, Nightwing, and Warrior. Soon Captain Marvel and Green Lantern V will arrive.

Page 3, panel 2
Green Lantern has brought with him Lex Luthor. In the background, Nuklon, Supergirl, Superboy, Ray, and Zatanna are visible. Despite the suggestion of many more heroes, being present, these are all that can be identified.

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Boosterrific Review: I'm not sure what exactly is happening, but something is certainly going down. Writer Grant Morrison succeeds tremendously in delivering a story that feels both massive in scope and significant in consequence, a feat few writers manage in epic stories such as this. Even if you don't quite understand all of the angles, you can trust that the characters involved have a better grasp of the situation than you do and will act accordingly. You can't really ask for much more than that in a Morrison-written comic book.

Boosterrific Rating:

  • Currently 4.0/5 Stars.
Worth Its Weight In Gold.

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