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Time Masters

“Time Is On My Side”

Volume 1, Issue 4, May 1990
Released March 20, 1990

Cover Price: $1.75
Guide Price: $2.50 (as of 2011) Rating
  • Currently 4.0/5 Stars.

Time Masters, Vol. 1, #4. Image © DC Comics



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Cover Description: Dan Hunter fights several American Indians. In the background a large clock points to 5 o'clock. (No Booster Gold.)

Brief Synopsis: Rip Hunter's group of adventurers continue to search time for the key to stopping the Illuminati.

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

Costume Worn: MARK I power-suit

Story Notes: The title to this issue is a reference to a song of the same name made famous by The Rolling Stones.

Reprint Notes: This issue has been collected with the rest of the series in Time Masters.

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Page 24, panel 1
Booster Gold arrives at the new headquarters of Rip Hunter and his team in the underground caverns once used by legendary adventurer Cave Carson. Booster has arrived to introduce fellow Justice Leaguer Animal Man to Rip Hunter in the hopes that Animal Man can acquire a time travel device. Booster introduced Rip Hunter to practical time travel and met his friend Jeff Smith in Time Masters #1. This is his first meeting with their teammate Bonnie Baxter.

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Page 24, panel 5
Animal Man negotiates the purchase of one of Hunters time backpacks for the Justice League. However, this is untrue: Animal Man plans to use the device for personal reasons and lies about Justice League involvement, even promising that the Justice League will pay Hunter for the device.

Page 25, panel 6
FASHION ALERT: As Booster and Animal Man leave, Booster tells Hunter that he knows nothing about the money that Animal Man promised mere panels earlier. Though he is pictured in the background, Booster may simply have not been paying attention to the previous conversation. In any case, this exactly the sort of duplicity that Hunter suspects of superheroes, and could lead to the estrangement between the two time travelers evidenced in events to come.

Note that Booster's retreating back does not show the blue star added to his costume during the Club JLI affair on Kooeykooeykooey Island (Justice League America #34 and #35). Unlike Animal Man's recent costume change, which is represented correctly, Booster's costume has been drawn in error, a mistake that will reappear in several guest appearances he will make outside of Justice League America in coming months.

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Boosterrific Review: This mini-series is beginning to hit its stride as it delivers a Time Masters story befitting its Silver Age legacy. The meat of the issue is a stand alone tale of Cousin Dan vs. The Illuminati in colonial America that has a delightful O. Henry ending. It seems a shame that it took this mini-series to nearly the half-way point to turn in such an enjoyable issue, though it is certainly becoming clear why the earlier chapters were so muddled.

Boosterrific Rating:

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

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