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Boosterrific.com: The Complete, Annotated Adventures of Booster Gold
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Millennium

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Volume 1, Issue 7, February 1988
Released October 27, 1987

Cover Price: 75¢
Guide Price: $2.00 (as of 2011)

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Millennium, Vol. 1, #7. Image © DC Comics

 

ARTISTS

Writer: Steve Engleheart
Penciller: Joe Staton
Inker: Ian Gibson
Colorist: Carl Gafford
Letterer: Bob Lappan
Editor: Andrew Helfer

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CHARACTERS & SETTINGS

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ISSUE DETAILS

Cover Description: Deep in their underground lair, DC Universe heroes (listed alphabetically) Aqualad, Aquaman, Batman, Black Canary, Blue Beetle, Flash, Guy Gardner, Jade, Kilowog, Mr. Bones, Obsidian, Skyman, and Wonder Woman, storm the Manhunter headquarters, overwhelming the Grandmaster and other assembled Manhunters. (No Booster Gold.)

Brief Synopsis: The heroes make an assault on the Manhunters as the Manhunters plan to detonate a bomb that will blow up the Earth.

Booster Gold's role in this story:
Featured (Booster Gold plays a prominent role)

Costume Worn: MARK I power-suit

Issue Notes: This is the key book in the seventh week of the two-month long Millennium crossover event.

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ANNOTATIONS

Page 11, panel 6
Booster Gold does not seem pleased to hear the news that should the Manhunters lose their citadel to the assembled heroes of Earth, they plan to blow up the entire planet. Based on this news, Booster volunteers to lead the Manhunters who will guard the bomb. For some reason, the Grandmaster lets him.

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Page 18, panel 5
Booster's squad of Manhunters guarding the Manhunter bomb are assaulted by Black Canary II, Blue Beetle II, Green Arrow I, Obsidian, Skyman, and Wildcat III. Booster's Booster Shots shoot wide of Green Arrow. Intentional?

Page 20, panel 1
SPOILER WARNING!: Reveal

Page 20, panel 4
As the battle turns against the Manhunters, the heroes are joined by a secondary team composed of Aquaman, Batman, Doctor Midnight, Hourman II, Jade, Mister Miracle, and Wonder Woman. This is Booster's first meeting with both Hourman and Wonder Woman.

Page 21, panel 4
BOOSTERRIFIC! COUNT: 7. As the battle concludes, Booster uses his own catchphrase to congratulate the heroes on a job well done. This is the first time that his catchphrase has been used in a book other than his own title.

Page 21, panel 6
Booster is offended that the Justice Leaguers would even think that he was a mercenary who changed sides in the conflict based on the odds. While Booster may not lack for conviction, he does lack for evidence. Black Canary and Blue Beetle take him into custody.

Page 22, panel 3
Booster appears on panel with the victorious heroes, including Aqualad, Infinitors Brainwave II and Nuklon, Green Lantern Driq, and Harbinger, none of whom he met before. However, Booster is technically being treated as a prisoner of war and has little opportunity for communicating with them.

Page 23, panel 1
Booster stands with the assembled crowd of heroes outside the Green Lantern Citadel. This is the first time that Booster has met the seven remaining Chosen: Betty Clawman, Celia Windward, Floronic Man, Gregorio de la Vega, Takeeo Yakata, Tom Kalmaku, and Xiang Po.

Page 23, panel 5
SPOILER WARNING!: Reveal

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REVIEWS

Boosterrific Review: Nearing the finish line, this issue was headed towards greatness before it veered into the insanity of terrible characterization. Most likely, someone at DC felt that the story needed a concluding coda, and as a result this issue is cheated of its deserved happy ending in favor of a poorly-explained cliffhanger as a means to extend the story one more issue. Still, this action-filled comic is probably the best issue of this mini-series.

Boosterrific Rating:

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Average Fan Rating:

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  • Currently 2.0/5 Stars.
KMD (Nov. 11, 2009, 15:42:33)
This dragged on too long-they needed more time between issues and less issues.

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