- Booster Gold
Justice League: Generation Lost
“Tomorrow is Today”
Volume 1, Issue 15, Early February 2011
Released December 8, 2010
Cover Price: $2.99
Estimated Issue Sales: 31,871
Heroes: Aten, Blue Beetle III, Bogman, Booster Gold, Captain Atom, G.I. Robot, Medusa, Patchwork, Rocket Red #07, Velcoro, Wolfpack
Supporting: Skeets II
Setting: Great Victoria Desert, Australia, 21st-century
Cover Description: There are two covers to this issue: the standard cover by Dustin Nguyen depicts Captain Atom standing before his own wanted poster, and the 1:10 variant cover by Kevin Maguire features only Wonder Woman. Neither cover includes Booster Gold.
Brief Synopsis: The Justice League International comes to terms with the fallout of the fight between Captain Atom and Magog.
Costume Worn: MARK I.v2 power-suit
Issue Notes: Tie-in to Brightest Day. Booster Gold did not appear in the previous issue, #14, which exclusively featured Captain Atom's adventures in the future.
This story has been reprinted in:
Justice League: Generation Lost Volume 2 (2011)
Page 2, panel 1
Maxwell Lord is seeing a flashback to the events originally seen in Wonder Woman, Volume 2, #219.
Page 7, panel 1
The monitors are replaying the events of Justice League: Generation Lost #13 as Maxwell Lord would want the world to see them. Since Captain Atom can see these events, Maxwell Lord has presumably used the technology of Checkmate to alter the video footage available to the world following the explosion in Chicago following the encounter between Captain Atom and Magog.
Page 8, panel 3
Blue Beetle, Booster Gold, Captain Atom, and Rocket Red have reassembled in the "J.L.I. Headquarters" in the Great Victorian Desert of Australia. The Justice League International Australian Embassy was previously located in Melbourne, farther to the southeast on the coast of the Australian state of Victoria.
Page 14, panel 2
The disappearance of Wonder Woman is a reflection of events in Wonder Woman #600, wherein it was revealed that history has been altered, removing the familiar Wonder Woman from the DC Universe.
Page 15, panel 3
When Booster looks up "Wonder Woman" on the internet, he finds images of female superheroes Powergirl, Supergirl, and Vixen, as well as some inexplicably prominent images of Krypto, Superman's pet male dog. Also pictures is Eta Candy, one of Wonder Woman's oldest friends.
Page 19, panel 1
This is Booster Gold's first chronicled encounter with the Creature Commandos.
Boosterrific Review: I have to give this series full credit for pacing itself as a movie serial of old. Though the story may seem to advance slowly, each cliffhanger ending outdoes the one before it, demanding that the reader return for the next issue. This issue is no different. Completely worth the cover price.
Boosterrific Rating: Worth Its Weight In Gold.
Average Fan Rating: (4 votes)
Generation Lost is fine when Booster and Max are on center stage. It loses its way when some of the other characters are--namely Ice. I am enjoying the ride however and the series continues to have me guessing. I am wondering, now that it is halfway over, where it is headed.
I am thoroughly enjoying this tale (Ice retcon excepting) and loved seeing Booster as the unequivocal leader.
While there are flaws (people who hate the Ice retcon won't like certain pages) this issue really shined. The irony of Max and the four people that remember him being the only ones that remember Wonder Woman was a great twist. Maxs' reaction to learning that the woman who murdered him is out of his reach was perfect. This throws a curveball into his plans and like the JLI, he has to scramble to form a new plan. The next part that made this issue stand out was the interaction between Captain Atom and Booster. Caps' development has been up there with Boosters' and Max as one of the most interesting characters to follow. He's reached a potential moral crossroads where he'd come to the conclusion that he needs to kill Max to save everyone. Boosters' talk highlights his growing strengths as a leader, a hero and a Time Master while still making his own grudge with Max apparent. He won't allow Cap to cross that line, his puts his foot down and gets a stunned Cap to back down.
There are so many things I like here: the irony confronting Max, the invisible hunter stalking an invisible prey; the art; the character interaction; the slow progression, which I find myself enjoying, as it makes the story seem to simmer into a roiling, explosive mass. But what makes this issue, and this series, very satisfying for me is seeing Booster Gold, the clown of his generation, growing up, grabbing the reins, and getting noticed for it all.
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