- Booster Gold
Justice League America
“Judgment Day Part 1: D-Day”
Volume 1, Issue 89, June 1994
Released April 19, 1994
Cover Price: $1.50
Guide Price: $2.00 (as of 2011)
Writer: Dan Vado
Penciller: Marc Campos
Inker: Ken Branch
Colorist: Gene D'Angelo
Letterer: Clem Robins
Assistant Editor: Ruben Diaz
Editor: Brian Augustyn
Cover Artist: Marc Campos
Heroes: Amazing Man II, Bloodwynd II, Blue Beetle II, Booster Gold, Captain Atom, Crimson Fox, Doctor Light IV, Elongated Man, Flash I, Flash III, Gypsy, Ice, Lionheart, Martian Manhunter, Maxima, Maya, Metamorpho, Power Girl, Ray II, Tasmanian Devil, Wonder Woman
Villains: Backlash, Death Angel, Devastator, Gunshot, Heatmonger, Iron Cross, Meanstreak, Mushasi, Shatterfist
Supporting: L-Ron, Maxwell Lord, Oberon
Settings: Kathmandu, Nepal, 20th-century; Mount Everest, Nepal/Tibet, 20th-century; New York, NY, USA, 20th-century
Cover Description: Power Girl cradles the wounded Booster Gold as Ray II watches on; Captain Atom assists Maxima; and the Martian Manhunter raises a fist in anger. In the background, a mushroom cloud explodes.
Brief Synopsis: Overmaster arrives to bring about the end of the world.
Booster Gold's role in this story:
Featured (Booster Gold plays a prominent role)
Costume Worn: MARK III armored power-suit
Story Notes: This issue's story is part of the "Judgment Day" storyline running throughout the Justice League titles. The title to this story references "D-Day," the codename for the Allied Nations invasion of Axis German-occupied France during World War II on June 6, 1944. More fittingly for Booster Gold, this issue features his fatal encounter with Devastator.
This story has been reprinted in:
Wonder Woman and the Justice League America (2017)
Page 2, panel 1
In order to better work out their response to recent, chaotic events across the globe, the Justice League America and Justice League International hold a joint meeting at the JLA Headquarters in New York. Heroes present include Bloodwynd I, Blue Beetle II, Booster Gold, Captain Atom, Crimson Fox, Dr. Light IV, Elongated Man, Flash I, Flash III, Gypsy, Ice, L-Ron in Despero's body, Martian Manhunter, Maxima, Maxwell Lord, Metamorpho, Oberon, Power Girl, Ray II, Tasmanian Devil, and Wonder Woman. Also present, in his first meeting with the Justice League, is Will Everett, the future Amazing Man II.
Page 4, panel 5
Booster stands nearby and listens in on Beetle's communication with Maya and Lionheart from Katmandu, the site of a major earthquake as revealed in Justice League America #87.
Page 8, panel 2
HIS STORY: Booster reveals that he has knowledge of present events that will pass into the historical record in the 25th century. This is Booster's first admission that he has knowledge about his activities with the Justice League in the 20th century. Booster is confident that he will play a significant part in stopping the invading alien Overmaster.
Page 10, panel 3
Beetle is furious with Booster for not warning him about his beating at the hands of Doomsday. Beetle also challenges Booster's courage, insinuating that if Booster always knows the outcome of his fights, he's not much of a hero. This is not the first time that these charges have been leveled at Booster Gold, and they will not be the last.
Page 10, panel 7
Booster encourages Beetle to call a press conference so that Booster can announce saving the world from the Overmaster. Booster borrows from Andy Warhol's famous line regarding "fifteen minutes" of fame. Perhaps Booster has already forgotten his early days, when he was a Metropolis superhero enjoying more popularity than Superman. He was even on the fast-track to play himself in Booster Gold: the Movie.
Page 12, panel 3
Accompanying Captain Atom and his team of Leaguers including Ice, L-Ron, Martian Manhunter, Maxima, Metamorpho, and the Ray, to the Overmaster's ship on Mount Everest, Booster's spotty memory causes Captain Atom some concern.
Page 13, panel 2
POWER UP: Booster's flight up Mount Everest is clearly powered by jets in his boots. Despite Skeets' warning in Justice League America #87, Booster chooses to use the armor's boot-jets over his Legion Flight Ring. Perhaps the boots are faster than the ring in the ascent up Mount Everest, the tallest mountain in the world.
Page 17, panel 1
Captain Atom's strike team is confronted by the Overmaster's Cadre comprised of members of the Aryan Brigade (Heatmonger, Iron Cross), Cadre of Immortals (Mushasi), and New Extremists (Backlash, Death Angel, Gunshot, Meanstreak), as well as Devastator and Shatterfist.
Page 19, panel 1
Booster gets a little carried away with his visions of grandeur, comparing the battle against the Cadre with his days as a football star.
Page 19, panel 4
FASHION ALERT: The return of the disappearing/reappearing star on Booster's back (seen as far back as Justice League America #34). On page 10 of this issue, Booster's back was shown to have no star. Yet here on page 19, he has a star. Previously, this star only appeared and disappeared between issues. Now it relocates within 10 pages! Clearly the Mark III armor is more advanced than the original Mark I power-suit.
Page 20, panel 1
SPOILER WARNING!: Reveal
Page 21, panel 4
SPOILER WARNING!: Reveal
Boosterrific Review: Dan Vado's story of the Overmaster is familiar but engaging. Marc Campos' art is not getting any better. Boosterrific is rating this book as average primarily because of the significant and tragic events that befall Booster Gold rather than any notable achievement on the parts of the writer or artists.
Boosterrific Rating: Gold Standard.
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