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Justice League America

“Crossed Wires!”

Volume 1, Issue 31, October 1989
Released August 15, 1989

Cover Price: $1.00
Guide Price: $3.00 (as of 2011) Rating
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Justice League America, Vol. 1, #31. Image © DC Comics



Writers: J. M. DeMatteis, Keith Giffen
Penciller: Adam Hughes
Inker: Joe Rubinstein
Colorist: Gene D'Angelo
Letterer: Albert DeGuzman
Assistant Editor: Kevin Dooley
Editor: Andrew Helfer

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Cover Description: From left to right, Elongated Man, Captain Atom, Blue Beetle, Fire, Ice, Martian Manhunter, and Flash react to the new female appearance of Dr. Fate. (No Booster Gold.)

Brief Synopsis: After introducing new members Huntress and a female Dr. Fate II, the JLA heads for Europe to assist the JLE.

Booster Gold's role in this story:
Featured (Booster Gold plays a prominent role)

Costume Worn: MARK I power-suit

Issue Notes: Quite a number of striking design changes occur in this book, probably to accommodate new artist Adam Hughes. This is the first book in a 4-part crossover with Justice League Europe collectively titled "The Teasdale Imperative."

This story has been reprinted in:
Justice League International Omnibus (2020)
Justice League International Volume 6 (2011)

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Page 3, panel 2
Booster Gold is arguing with Blue Beetle II and Mister Miracle I about their JLI shuttle overhaul in the Secret Sanctuary. Clearly, he doesn't approve of their drastic modifications. In fact, the JLI shuttle is now completely renovated in appearance. Once black, sleek, and oblate, the shuttle now appears more akin to the traditionally boxy, white Fantasticar, shuttle of the Fantastic Four.

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Page 3, panel 4
PRODUCT PLACEMENT: Booster complains about the Justice League licensed comic book, especially how he is so frequently portrayed as a buffoon. This confirms that Booster appears in both a self-titled and Justice League comic book within the DC Universe. Art imitates life?

Page 10, panel 1
The Huntress has arrived to join the Justice League after Max used his superhuman power of persuasion, unlocked by the Invasion Gene Bomb, to encourage her to join in Justice League America #30. Though she is present as a member of the League, she does not accompany them on their adventure in this issue.

Page 14, panel 3
In a rare bit of poor editing, the dialogue originally printed here is switched between Booster and Beetle. It has been corrected in reprintings and should read as follows:

Booster: "It's this stuff I don't trust."
Beetle: "Well, then, why don't you use some of that future technology to make sure it'll fly!"
Booster: "Could you go back in time and build a Honda for cave-men?"
Beetle: "All of a sudden he's a chronal chauvinist!"

Page 15, panel 4
While flying to join the Justice League Europe, Fire attempts to show off her new outfit to Booster, but he isn't in the mood for compliments. Dr. Fate and Fire also have new looks (Dr. Fate even has a new gender), and this is Booster's first meeting with the Huntress, the newest Justice League member.

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Boosterrific Review: Introducing the sublime artwork of Adam Hughes! This book is Hughes' first work for DC Comics, and he continues the fine tradition of outstanding artists working on this series. A beautiful book, which only suffers slightly for taking so long to get to the action.

Boosterrific Rating:

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

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