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Superboy and the Ravers

“Road Trip: Second Stop, The Romance of the Road”

Volume 1, Issue 8, April 1997
Released February 26, 1997

Cover Price: $1.95
Guide Price: $2.00 (as of 2011)
Estimated Issue Sales: 22,749 Rating
  • Currently 4.0/5 Stars.

Superboy and the Ravers, Vol. 1, #8. Image © DC Comics



Writers: Karl Kesel, Steve Mattsson
Penciller: Paul Pelletier
Inker: Dan Davis
Colorist: John Kalisz
Letterer: Kevin Cunningham
Assistant Editor: Ruben Diaz
Editor: Frank Pittarese

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Cover Description: Superboy tries to gain entry to Warrior's bar by providing Superman's identification card to Guy Gardner. Behind Superboy stand the other Ravers Aura, Hero, Kaliber, and Sparx II. (No Booster Gold.)

Brief Synopsis: Superboy and the Ravers hang out at Guy Gardner's Warriors bar in New York City.

Booster Gold's role in this story:
Supporting (Booster Gold plays a lesser role)

Costume Worn: MARK X armored power-suit

Issue Notes: This is the second time that Booster has been seen inside Warrior's in his past three comic book appearances. Now that his Justice League has been disbanded, he apparently has nowhere else to go.

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Page 9, panel 4
In the background Booster Gold (mostly obscured by Tiger-Man II) sits at the bar in Warrior's beside Blue Beetle II and Aura. In the middleground, Rex the Wonder Dog, a World War II veteran of the K-9 corps, barks at a stuffed yeti as Tiger-Man II and Lady Blackhawk attempt to calm him. Rex's barking is intended as a distraction for Hero and Sparx II, both younger than 21, to enter the bar. Loose Cannon sits in the extreme foreground, apparently irritated by Rex's barking. In the case behind Lady Blackhawk is Guy's Blue Beetle-designed suit of armor. No doubt that armor is very similar to several models worn by Booster over the years.

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Page 10, panel 4
Booster Gold and Blue Beetle are hitting on Aura at the bar, proffering some of the worst pick-up lines ever uttered, either by man or super-man. Aura, enjoying the attention, orders drinks called "loose cannons," named for previously shown bar patron Loose Cannon himself.

Page 14, panel 4
Apparently, "loose cannons" contain far too much alcohol for Beetle and Booster, both of whom appear to have passed out. It is safe to assume that Aura, a career party-girl, has an alcohol tolerance that puts both men to shame.

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Boosterrific Review: For a series that focusing so strongly on the adolescent growing pains of teen-aged heroes, this comic seems unable to take itself seriously as it unabashedly tours the fan-favorite characters and locations of the mostly forgotten corners DC Universe. In what other comic could one find Tiger-Man, Lady Blackhawk, and Blue Devil having drinks in Guy Gardner's bar as a bunch of teenagers try to get past the robot bouncer Lead? A fun, lighthearted read.

Boosterrific Rating:

  • Currently 4.0/5 Stars.
Worth Its Weight In Gold.

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