- Booster Gold
Volume 3, Issue 21, April 2011
Released February 23, 2011
Cover Price: $2.99
Estimated Issue Sales: 16,940
Cover Description: With Batman looming over her shoulder and a mysterious face in the clouds, Power Girl holds a body bag in a graveyard. (No Booster Gold.)
Brief Synopsis: Power Girls seeks to recruit help against Max Lord.
Costume Worn: MARK I.v2 power-suit
Issue Notes: This issue ties into events ongoing in Justice League: Generation Lost. Sami Basri is credited with "cover" art twice, though Basri is clearly the interior artist as well.
Issue Reprints: This issue is reprinted in Power Girl: Old Friends.
Page 4, panel 1
Despite having been under the influence of Maxwell Lord at the time, Power Girl feels embarrassed following her attack on the new Justice League International, and she apologizes to Booster Gold, Captain Atom, Fire, Ice, Rocket Red, and Skeets following the battle. The art in this issue, especially the coloring, is out of line with that in Justice League: Generation Lost. Ice's new costume is rendered in error: her midriff is not bare and her costume has a "chest window" like Power Girl, out of character for the typically demure Ice. Also, the hair color for Booster and Rocket Red, both natural blondes, appears much too dark here.
Page 4, panel 3
Booster essentially orders Power Girl to leave and recruit more members to the hunt for Maxwell Lord. This exchange is seen in more detail in Justice League: Generation Lost, Vol. 1, #19. This is Booster's last appearance in this issue.
Page 18, panel 1
First appearance of Ted Kord's corpse. It has previously been suggested that the corpse was in a coffin, and the Black Lantern Corps animated a simulacrum of Ted Kord. This, however, is the first concrete evidence that Ted's body survived incineration by Checkmate following the events of Countdown to Infinite Crisis. It is not specified how the body was recovered, but it is possible that either this corpse is really the remains of the Black Lantern Blue Beetle. Alternately, it is possible that Booster's actions to save Ted Kord as seen in Booster Gold, Volume 2, #6 may have caused a change in history resulting in Ted's corpse avoiding incineration.
Boosterrific Review: Multiple Batmen and plenty of Blue Beetle aren't enough to make this issue any more than mediocre. The issue's story suffers from trying too hard to advance a subplot that the even the title character has been ignoring for issues at the sake of advancing the "Brightest Day" storyline in other books. If Power Girl doesn't care what's happening in her own title, why should the readers?
Boosterrific Rating: Gold Standard.
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