- Booster Gold
Justice League International
Volume 1, Issue 25, March 1989
Released February 14, 1989
Cover Price: 75¢
Guide Price: $3.00 (as of 2011)
Cover Description: Lit from below by a flashlight beam, a very frightened Blue Beetle sits atop pile of bones from which two clawed hands reach up on either side of him. (No Booster Gold.)
Brief Synopsis: While the rest of the Justice League cleans up following an open house, Blue Beetle and Booster Gold attempt another repossession job.
Booster Gold's role in this story:
Featured (Booster Gold plays a prominent role)
Costume Worn: MARK I power-suit
Issue Notes: This issue contains the first stand-alone story of the exploits of Booster Gold and Blue Beetle as a pair. Though the two frequently appear on panel together in other comic books, this issue is focuses solely on their adventure. In what is probably just an interesting coincidence, this book was released on Valentine's Day.
Page 1, panel 1
Fire, Martian Manhunter, Blue Beetle, Guy Gardner, Booster Gold, Ice, and Mister Miracle survey the damage caused to the New York JLI Embassy during the events of Justice League International #24.
Page 2, panel 3
Oberon chastises Booster for acting irrationally during the previous issue's chaos. Booster's defense? Youthful enthusiasm. Keep that in mind when someone confronts you with one of your errors.
Page 3, panel 5
Beetle and Booster blow-off aiding the other Leaguers in cleaning the Embassy in order to undertake a new repossession assignment. The two have worked together in a repo business since Justice League International Annual #2.
Page 5, panel 2
Jacobs Research Laboratories hires Blue and Gold to recover an escaped lab specimen: the vampire Caitiff. In pre-Crisis on Infinite Earths continuity, Caitiff was supposedly the first vampire in the DC Universe. Now it appears that he is the last.
Page 5, panel 4
At Beetle's suggestion, Booster and Beetle's business cards read "Danger is Our Business." (I hope that it pays well.)
Page 6, panel 5
Booster wonders aloud why he always ends up in "deserted sewage plants." Actually, Booster has never even been in a populated sewage plant before.
Page 10, panel 1
A skeptical but nervous Booster Gold comes face-to-face with his first vampire, Caitiff.
Page 13, panel 4
Beetle irreverently refers to Disneyland's "newest attraction: 'The Wonderful World of Sewage'." Though Disneyland has been open since 1955, the closest that it has come to a sewage attraction was its long-running Submarine Voyage ride.
Page 20, panel 4
SPOILER WARNING!: Reveal
Boosterrific Review: This is the last issue of this series to carry the "international" title, though the story within is hardly global in scope as Booster Gold and Blue Beetle enjoy their first ever team-up issue. Unfortunately the issue is guest-penciled by Mike McKone, whose work is not nearly as clean or careful as regular series artist Kevin Maguire. Worse, much of the humor and action of the pairing is lost on an unanswered morality tale that prevents the team-up from reaching its full potential and leaves the issue disappointingly average.
Boosterrific Rating: Gold Standard.
Average Fan Rating: (1 vote)
This should have been a good issue but the plot was just lame and the art was off.
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