- Booster Gold
Justice League America
“Born Once Again”
Volume 1, Issue 61, April 1992
Released March 10, 1992
Cover Price: $1.00
Guide Price: $2.00 (as of 2011)
Cover Description: In homage to the cover of Justice League of America, Vol. #1, Blue Beetle plays a unique game with the Weapons Master. Also pictured, clockwise from the Weapons Master, are Maxima, Guy Gardner, Superman, Booster Gold, Ice, and Blue Beetle.
Brief Synopsis: As the Justice League reassembles, they are confronted by the Weapons Master.
Booster Gold's role in this story:
Featured (Booster Gold plays a prominent role)
Costume Worn: MARK I power-suit
Issue Notes: This issue marks a relaunched Justice League team, with a focus on more action and less comedy.
Story Notes: The story title of this issue, "Born Once Again," is a reference to the story title of Justice League #1, "Born Again."
This story has been reprinted in:
Superman and the Justice League of America (2016)
Page 1, panel 1
This new era of the Justice League opens inside the Justice League's Secret Sanctuary. Guy Gardner is sitting in the same chair in the same pose as page 1, panel 1 of Justice League #1. Even the number and arrangement of the thought balloons are similar.
Page 2, panel 1
Booster announces the inevitable, revealing to Blue Beetle II that he has resigned from the Conglomerate to return to the Justice League full time. Booster's actual resignation from the Conglomerate is never seen.
Page 3, panel 1
Booster is the first to greet Maxima, Queen of the planet Almerac. The two met during the "Panic in the Sky" storyline in recent issues of Superman comic books, and first appeared on-panel together in Superman, Vol. 2, #66.
Page 9, panel 1
After dispatching Maxima, the Weapons Master attacks Booster with a sword that overwhelms Booster's "impenetrable" force field. Booster is knocked-out without so much as throwing a punch. Fellow Justice Leaguers Blue Beetle and Guy Gardner will fare little better.
Page 16, panel 1
First costumed appearance of Bloodwynd. He arrives too late to save the Justice League from the Weapons Master's dimension spanning powers.
Page 21, panel 5
The board shown in Weapons Master's duel with Blue Beetle is the one used by Despero in his first appearance in Justice League of America, Vol. 1, #1.
Boosterrific Review: Writer Dan Jurgens assumes the reigns with this issue and immediately borrows from the League's past to set the stage for its future. Because Dan Jurgens is integral to the history of Booster Gold, the character that this site is devoted to and clearly biased in favor of, it is easy to say that Boosterrific is too effluent in praise of Jurgens. And maybe we are. But Jurgens must still be recognized for his success in crafting a new League that unites the lofty legacy of the League with the excitement and relevance of its youthful lineup of fan favorite characters. This issue is both fun and exciting, and promising of things to come in this new era for the storied Justice League.
Boosterrific Rating: Worth Its Weight In Gold.
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