- Booster Gold
Justice League International Annual
Volume 3, Issue 1, October 2012
Released August 29, 2012
Cover Price: $4.99
Estimated Issue Sales: 26,779
Cover Description: The Justice League International fights OMAC.
Brief Synopsis: The Justice League International disbands.
Issue Summary: Reveal Potential Spoilers
Booster Gold's role in this story:
Featured (Booster Gold plays a prominent role)
Costume Worn: MARK XIII power-suit
This story has been reprinted in:
Justice League International Volume 2: Breakdown (2013)
Page 1, panel 1
Floating above an armed cadre of kidnappers in Central Africa, Green Lantern Guy Gardner accuses team leader Booster Gold of lying that the team has the support of the Justice League. It is clear that something has happened since the events of Justice League International #12 to cause this discord between these two characters, but it is not revealed what that was.
Page 4, panel 1
Batwing is working with Booster Gold's JLI for the second time since quitting the team in Justice League International #12.
Page 7, panel 2
Booster Gold claims to have spoken to the Secretary General of the United Nations and implies that the current Justice League International is sanctioned by the United Nations. The U.N. sanction was withdrawn in Justice League International #7 and was not re-established before the series ended. Has the United Nations renewed support for the team (as implied by the team's activities in Central Africa), or is Booster lying again?
Page 7, panel 3
FASHION ALERT: Artist Jason Fabok demonstrates everything that's bad about Booster's overly-detailed DCnU power suit design in this issue. The blue line around Booster's color comes and goes, thins and thickens from panel to panel. Booster's signature star changes shape, size and location on his chest throughout the issue. Sometimes Booster wears skin-tight gauntlets, and sometimes he wears what look like metallic shin guards on his forearms. And the notch on Booster's forehead becomes a variable sized notch on his flat goggles as well. Given that Fabok's figures are all so stiffly posed, this rushed and inconsistent art is glaringly, distractingly noticeable.
Page 8, panel 1
Olympian and Blue Beetle join the team with the United Nations blessing. When last Booster Gold and Blue Beetle met in Blue Beetle #11, it was implied that they were to have a showdown at the Statue of Liberty. Did that confrontation take place off-panel? Why does Blue Beetle think he's joining the regular Justice League now?
Page 8, panel 2
With the addition of two new team members, Guy Gardner immediately quits the team. Gardner explains that he "didn't sign up to be some kind of political pawn," but it is never clear why the addition of Olympian and Blue Beetle should be the last straw for Gardner.
Page 13, panel 2
Booster explains to August General in Iron that he knows "the broadstrokes" of history, and that this moment is "the new beginning of the Justice League!" This sounds ominously similar to what Booster Gold said in Justice League America #89 (1994) before he was fatally wounded by Devastator.
Page 17, panel 1
SPOILER WARNING!: Reveal
Page 20, panel 1
SPOILER WARNING!: Reveal
Page 21, panel 4
OMAC explains that the Justice League is "preoccupied with their own internal battle." This is a reference to events in recent issues of Justice League.
Page 24, panel 4
POWER DOWN: Booster Gold doesn't appear to be using his force field against the rampaging OMAC. But without his force field, Booster would never survive having his exposed nose and jaw "krrksh"ed through a concrete wall. Is Booster's force field now invisible?
Page 26, panel 4
SPOILER WARNING!: Reveal
Page 29, panel 1
Booster Gold and Godiva share a second kiss. Booster acts surprised. Have they not kissed since Justice League International #12? Does Booster know that they kissed before? Do issue writers Dan DiDio and Geoff Johns?
Page 29, panel 3
POWER UP: OMAC demands Booster Gold's 25th century technology. If OMAC, who is already powerful enough to defeat the JLI single-handedly and open Boom Tubes across the universe wants Booster's technology, it must be something special.
Page 32, panel 1
SPOILER WARNING!: Reveal
Page 34, panel 1
A PAIR OF DOCS?: Booster Gold arrives from sometime in the future to deliver a vague warning to himself about the actions of Superman and Wonder Woman. Future Booster wears some sort of metallic rig over his uniform with the Advanced Research Group Uniting Superhumans (ARGUS) logo on it. ARGUS is the organization headed by Steve Trevor that acts as United States liaison to the Justice League.
Page 35, panel 3
Like his future self, Booster Gold fades from existence as Superman and Wonder Woman kiss. It is at this time not remotely clear how Booster Gold survived the "chronal disturbance" that was Flashpoint only to be erased from history by events in ongoing Justice League issues. The last time Booster Gold was erased from history was in Zero Hour: Crisis in Time! #1 in 1993.
Page 38, panel 1
Though this story ends with the note, "To be continued in Justice League in 2013!", it has already been announced that Blue Beetle's adventures on Reachworld will continue in his own series. Does this mean that Booster Gold's story will continue in Justice League, or the story of Brother Eye and Batman (seen only in the story postscript)?
Boosterrific Review: Wow. This issue barely seems to have anything to do with the Justice League International series that it claims to represent. Clearly Geoff Johns and Dan DiDio couldn't be bothered to read the series that their company was publishing. There's little continuity in character behavior between the end of the series and this issue. The stiff and dark art doesn't help the cause. In the end, this book is nothing more than a five dollar tease for the next DC "event" crossover. It is the worst DCnU book associated with the Justice League International brand, and that's saying something.
Boosterrific Rating: Tarnished.
Average Fan Rating: (5 votes)
Okay, the annual wasn't TOO bad. IT definitely had it's Booster moments, but felt too much like a way to radically end JLI's existence to horn in the Justice League changes coming down the pike. I do agree with Ryan Sias that it looks at least hopeful that Booster will return to his time-cop ways next year in the pages of Justice League. That plus Booster's SKEETS protocol to take down OMAC were small parts that at least made me smile. We know that Geoff Johns has a soft spot for our own Michael Carter, so I'm sure that Booster's "fade-out" is temporary. (I hope.) But the art was TERRIBLE. Every male in the book, even skinny/lanky teenager Jaime Reyes was made to look as if he bench presses 400 pounds a day and eats 5000 protein calories a day? WHAT'S UP WITH THAT? Superhero doesn't mean HULK body for everyone!
1 Star for the fact Didio was on this...3 for Geoff...5 for Rip and older Booster. The book was hit-and-miss for me in general and really answered nothing for me. I want my Booster back damnit
Wow. Boosterrific and Eye strongly disagree. The mere mention of Rip Hunter was worth the price of admission. I expect Booster's story will continue in the new "Justice League of America" series next year. Lookin forward to it. Skeets rules!!!
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