- Booster Gold
Superman: The Man of Steel
Volume 1, Issue 10, April 1992
Released February 11, 1992
Cover Price: $1.00
Guide Price: $3.00 (as of 2011)
Heroes: Agent Liberty, Booster Gold, Captain Marvel, Deathstroke, Elongated Man, Fire, Flash III, Gold, Green Lantern IV, Guardian II, Ice, Iron, Kilowog, Lead, Mercury, Metamorpho, Platinum, Rocket Red #4, Starman V, Superman, Tin, Valor, Wonder Woman
Setting: Warworld, DCU, Space, 20th-century
Cover Description: In homage to the cover of Crisis on Infinite Earths #7, a distraught Supergirl II holds the body of the deceased Draaga before an assembled crowd of heroes. Clearly pictured from left to right on the top row: Mercury, Blue Beetle II, Platinum, Iron, Captain Marvel, Elongated Man, Big Barda, Mister Miracle, Big Bear. Second row: Guy Gardner, Lightray, Orion. Bottom Row: Metamorpho, Superman, Gangbuster, Guardian, Flash III, Batman, Wonder Woman, Dr. Fate II. (No Booster Gold.)
Brief Synopsis: Superman and the remaining heroes succeed in freeing the others from Brainiac's mind-control while Draaga sacrifices himself to save them all.
Costume Worn: MARK I power-suit
Issue Notes: "Panic in the Sky! Fifth Strike." (Superman diamond chronology "1992:13.")
Issue Reprints: This issue has been collected in Superman: Panic In The Sky.
Page 2, panel 4
Booster Gold joins a squad of Brainiac's brainwashed heroes into battle against Superman. This is the second time -- possibly the third depending on whatever the Queen Bee's Bialyan unrevealed programming was -- that Booster has been brainwashed into attacking fellow heroes. Other heroes attacking Superman include Agent Liberty, Deathstroke, Elongated Man, Fire, Flash III, Guardian, Guy Gardner, Ice, Rocket Red #4, Straman V, and Valor. Like most of the pictured heroes, Booster is shown to be wearing a belt around his waist similar to the one that Lexcorp provided to Superman for breathable oxygen in space.
Page 4, panel 1
Returning to a previously ineffective strategy (see Booster Gold, Vol. 1, #7), Booster uses his Booster Shots on Superman, joining an attack with Elongated Man, Ice, Fire, and Starman.
Page 10, panel 2
Despite Wonder Woman's clever warning ("Kilowog, it's Booster Gold! Watch out!"), Booster ambushes Kilowog, temporarily incapacitating him. Wonder Woman deflects Booster's Booster Shots with her bracelets, defending Kilowog.
Page 14, panel 1
Booster Gold now battles the Metal Men. He is held in place by Platinum while his Booster Shot has no effect on Gold. Meanwhile, Lead, Iron, and Tin handle Deathstroke and Metamorpho. Mercury is not pictured.
Page 16, panel 4
An incapacitated Booster is carried away over the right shoulder of Wonder Woman, who also totes Elongated Man and Flash under her left arm. Others Though both Elongated Man and Flash clearly still wear their controlling helmets, Booster's thick blond hair makes it impossible to tell if his has been removed. Other heroes visible in the same panel are Captain Marvel, Guy Gardner, and the Metal Men.
Page 19, panel 3
Flash, Elongated Man, Metamorpho, Ice, and Booster are all freed from the controlling influence of Brainiac through the interference of Dubbilex, Kilowog, and Metron.
Boosterrific Review: This attractive issue features the art of Jon Bogdanove and Dennis Janke, which manages to bridge the gap between the style of cartoon action (Captain Marvel looks as though he were drawn by C.C. Beck himself!) and the realism of pin-up girls (Supergirl is equally adorable and sensuous as she throws punches). Otherwise there is little of substance here, as a minor character suffers the ultimate fate in order to artificially enhance the sensation of danger in a story that is beginning to feel a little stale.
Boosterrific Rating: Gold Standard.
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