- Booster Gold
Legion of Super-Heroes: Millennium
Volume 1, Issue 2, December 2019
Released October 2, 2019
Cover Price: $4.99
Writer: Brian Michael Bendis
Artist: Nicola Scott
Colorist: Tomeu Morey
Letterer: Dave Sharpe
Assistant Editor: Brittany Holzherr
Editor: Brian Cunningham
Cover Artists: Bryan Hitch, Alex Sinclair
Hero: Booster Gold
Supporting: Rose Forrest, Skeets I
Setting: Metropolis, DCU, USA, 25th-century
Cover Description: This book has multiple covers. On the 1:1 "variant," Booster Gold appears prominently among the Legion of Super-Heroes and other characters.
Brief Synopsis: The immortal Rose Forrest wanders into the Space Museum in the 25th century and has a conversation with security guard Michael Carter.
Booster Gold's role in this story:
Featured (Booster Gold plays a prominent role)
Costume Worn: MARK I.v2 power-suit
Issue Notes: This issue has no title page and no artist credits. In the previous issue, artist credits were published on the inside of the front cover. In this issue, the insider front cover is an advertisement for Genndy Tartakovsky's Primal cartoon on Adult Swim.
Story Notes: Though it is not explicitly stated in the issue, this story seems to take place in post-Crisis on Infinite Earths continuity. The events of Booster's participation in this story must take place very shortly before the events depicted in Booster Gold #6 (1987), originally dated as taking place late in the year 2642.
This story has been reprinted in:
Legion of Super-Heroes: Millennium (2020)
Page 1, panel 1
The Space Museum has gotten a New 52/Rebirth makeover. In its earliest appearances in Strange Adventures comics, the museum was housed in a utilitarian, International-style rectangle. The building seen in this issue id much larger, with a facade clearly inspired by the Justice League's Hall of Justice.
Page 2, panel 2
HIS STORY: Michael Jon "Booster" Carter is a security guard/docent working in the Space Museum's "Hall of Heroes" exhibit decorated with flags, statues, and holograms of 20th-century heroes. This is completely in keeping with the character's origin first introduced by Dan Jurgens as seen in Booster Gold #6. Skeets is even visible in the background!
Page 2, panel 4
Michael Carter meets Rose Forrest for the first time. Rose actually worked for Booster Gold in the 20th century (see Booster Gold #2), and her alter ego Thorn helped Booster defeat The 1000 in Booster Gold #4. Her failure to recognize him is completely understandable given that at the time she had no idea what Booster's real name was (and a whole lot has happened to her in the centuries in between).
Page 3, panel 1
The nuclear holocaust of the 21st century will result in the loss of much historical cultural information, but it's oddly comforting to know that Friends will endure into the 25th century. (Though it may seem hard to believe that people will still be watching 500-year-old television series in the distant future, it's worth considering that William Shakespeare was writing plays in the 15th century.)
Page 3, panel 3
Booster calls himself "Michael" here, no doubt in part to protect his identity. "Booster" Carter would have been notoriously unpopular following his game-fixing gambling scandal at Gotham University. Booster Gold was a pro at protecting his "secret" identity even in his native time!
Page 5, panel 3
It's clear from Micheal's seemingly offhand comment to Rose that he has already started considering "take some of the stuff" from the Space Museum into the past and become a hero. To see where this story goes next, read Booster Gold #8.
Boosterrific Review: If I only reviewed the 7 pages of this issue dealing with Booster Gold (which is beautifully rendered by Nicola Scott), I'd give it 5 stars. As for the rest of it: all the art is spectacular and there are plenty of great moments highlighting just how deep and amazing DC's pantheon of characters are. Those elements alone push this comic above so many other books on the market. But it's ultimately only one character's journey to a prologue, and a forgettable one at that. I'd recommend it to hardcore DC Universe fans only.
Boosterrific Rating: Worth Its Weight In Gold.
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