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Boosterrific.com: The Complete, Annotated Adventures of Booster Gold
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Justice League Europe

“Showdown”

Volume 1, Issue 8, November 1989
Released October 3, 1989

Cover Price: $1.00
Guide Price: $2.50 (as of 2003)

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Justice League Europe, Vol. 1, #8. Image © DC Comics

 

ARTISTS

Writers: J. M. DeMatteis, Keith Giffen
Penciller: Bart Sears
Inker: Bob Smith
Colorist: Gene D'Angelo
Letterer: Bob Lappan
Assistant Editor: Kevin Dooley
Editor: Andrew Helfer
Cover Artists: Art Nichols, Bart Sears

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CHARACTERS & SETTINGS

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ISSUE DETAILS

Cover Description: Justice Leaguers (left to right) Ice, Batman, Rocket Red #4, Elongated Man, Captain Atom, Booster Gold, Mister Miracle, Fire, Metamorpho, Guy Gardner, Animal Man, Flash, Martian Manhunter, and Power Girl walk into the ruins of a European ghosttown; only Blue Beetle turns to see a giant figure who's shadow falls across the mountains outside of town.

Brief Synopsis: The JLA and JLE attempt to defend Simon Stagg from a mob of fierce, diseased zombies.

Costume Worn: MARK I power-suit

Issue Notes: This is the final book in a 4-part crossover with Justice League America collectively titled "The Teasdale Imperative."

This story has been reprinted in:
Justice League International Volume 6 (2011)

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ANNOTATIONS

Image Copyright DC Comics

Page 8, panel 4
In true superhero fashion, Booster Gold is completely unimpressed by the Gray Man's stated goal to "rule the cosmos." (If you've seen one super villain hellbent on global domination...)

Page 9, panel 1
Booster stands defiant, arms akimbo, as the Gray Man grows to a titan over 100 feet tall, destroying Stagg's chemical processing plant.

Page 16, panel 1
While Captain Atom, Guy Gardner, and Rocket Red fly around the head of the giant Gray Man like flies, the Spectre appears in the sky, another giant alongside the Lords of Chaos and the Lords of Order. This is Booster's first opportunity to see the Spectre, and it's a pretty spectacular show, indeed.

Page 20, panel 5
Responding to Booster's questioning, Dr. Fate agrees to stay with the Justice League as a regular, active member. Despite this, Fate is not seen again in Justice League America. (Apparently, you can't trust Fate.)

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Boosterrific Review: Facing impossible odds, the united Justice League International makes a stand against a cosmic foe in this exciting and satisfying climax to the "Teasdale Imperative" storyline. (If there is any disappointment in this issue, it is artist Bart Sears' tendency to draw very masculine-looking females. Admittedly, it is a very small gripe, though it is noticeable at the issue's conclusion.)

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