- Booster Gold
Justice League Europe
Volume 1, Issue 7, October 1989
Released September 5, 1989
Cover Price: $1.00
Guide Price: $2.50 (as of 2003)
Writers: J. M. DeMatteis, Keith Giffen
Penciller: Bart Sears
Inker: Pablo Marcos
Colorist: Gene D'Angelo
Letterer: Bob Lappan
Assistant Editor: Kevin Dooley
Editor: Andrew Helfer
Cover Artists: Bob Le Rose, Joe Rubinstein, Bart Sears
Heroes: Animal Man, Batman, Blue Beetle II, Booster Gold, Captain Atom, Doctor Fate II, Elongated Man, Fire, Flash III, Green Lantern IV, Ice, Martian Manhunter, Metamorpho, Mister Miracle, Power Girl, Rocket Red 4
Villains: Gray Man, Irwin Teasdale
Setting: Balkan Mountains, 20th-century
Cover Description: Justice Leaguers (clockwise) Elongated Man, Booster Gold, Captain Atom, Blue Beetle, and Power Girl, stand amid rubble as several rough looking men with guns hide behind a wall in the foreground.
Brief Synopsis: The JLA and JLE join forces to combat a plague spreading across Europe.
Booster Gold's role in this story:
Supporting (Booster Gold plays a lesser role)
Costume Worn: MARK I power-suit
Issue Notes: This is the second book in a 4-part crossover with Justice League America collectively titled "The Teasdale Imperative."
This story has been reprinted in:
Justice League International Omnibus (2020)
Justice League International Volume 6 (2011)
Page 4, panel 1
Booster Gold, Guy Gardner, Ice, Martian Manhunter, and Mister Miracle arrive ahead of the new JLI shuttle in an Eastern European village where Animal Man, Captain Atom, Elongated Man, Flash, Metamorpho, Power Girl, and Rocket Red #4 are battling a very savage crowd.
Page 5, panel 5
Booster returns to the JLI shuttle to collect a containment uniform, not to protect his body from the rampant spread of an unknown contaminant turning people into madmen - his force field could do that - but to hide from the smell. As has been previously demonstrated, ample supplies of oxygen can pass through the force field, and so apparently can scent bearing molecules.
Page 6, panel 3
Fire uses her new found ability to become "living" flame for the first time in a battle alongside Booster, though this power has little effect against the "vampires" that the League is combating.
Page 17, panel 3
FIRST APPEARANCE: First appearance of Irwin Teasdale.
Boosterrific Review: For being a spin off of Justice League International, Justice League Europe is really more of the same. Although when the same is this good, more is a good thing.
The Justice League confronts a major threat in this issue written by the same team (Giffen/DeMatteis) as its sibling series, so the pitch perfect combination of action/character development/humor should come as no surprise. The art of Bart Sears is both distinctive and nuanced, similar enough to art in its sibling title while still establishing a distinct artistic identity. Everything a Justice League comic book should be, no matter where in the world it is set.
Boosterrific Rating: Worth Its Weight In Gold.
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