- Booster Gold
Justice League: Generation Lost
“Splitting the Atom”
Volume 1, Issue 6, Late September 2010
Released July 28, 2010
Cover Price: $2.99
Estimated Issue Sales: 39,190
Cover Description: There are two covers to this issue: both the standard cover by Cliff Chiang and the 1:25 variant cover by Kevin Macguire feature Captain Atom. (No Booster Gold.) This is the first issue of this series not to include Booster Gold on either its standard or variant covers.
Brief Synopsis: Captain Atom reveals his motivation for participating in the revival of the Justice League International.
Booster Gold's role in this story:
Cameo (Booster Gold makes a minor appearance)
Costume Worn: MARK I.v2 power-suit
This story has been reprinted in:
Justice League: Generation Lost Volume 1 (2011)
Page 1, panel 3
This panel depicts Captain Atom in an outdoor space ship of alien origin instead of being underground in a capsule made of the Dilusteel taken from an alien craft as depicted in Captain Atom #1. Is this change significant? Probably not. I just thought I'd point it out for readers unfamiliar with the original DC origin of Captain Atom (as differentiated from the character's original Charlton Comics origin as an accident in space).
Page 3, panel 2
In the New York Embassy of the Justice League, Booster Gold, Blue Beetle, Captain Atom, Fire, Ice, and Skeets plan their next course of action. Present but not pictured is Rocket Red #07. Booster appears in only two panels in this issue, and this panel contains his only dialogue of the issue.
Boosterrific Review: Another very good issue. The series seems to have turned a corner: after establishing the series story, the writers are now pausing to introduce the characters. I have no problem with this, and I think it is a good idea to flesh out the stories of some characters and their motivations, especially for newer readers. Justice League International stories are two decades old after all.
Boosterrific Rating: Worth Its Weight In Gold.
Average Fan Rating: (4 votes)
A deviation from the norm, I enjoyed this issue A LOT more than I thought. I've never been a big Captain Atom fan, but I really liked the character after reading this. Pretty darn creative issue, albeit I will admit a filler issue, save for the revelation about Captain Atom's little trip.
While this issue did tie into a plot point from issue one it was a slow read. Mainly dealing with Captain Atoms' character and what he learns. It does make me question whether the problems the team has as indiviuals (Cap, Fire and Ices' issues) will be distracting them from their mission. A solid story but not the strongest.
Captain Atom was a totally sympathetic character, but this is one slow issue here. Winick and Giffen should pick up the pace in the next issues, even if they continue dissecting the characters' motivations in embarking on this search.
An ok issue and I understand why this was needed--but are we going to get these types of issues for every single character? This is a limited series, even with 26 issues. I felt this issue provided depth for Captain Atom, which is fine, but it seemed to slow the momentum of the story as a whole.
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