- Booster Gold
Volume 1, Issue 2, Early November 1996
Released September 5, 1996
Cover Price: $2.25
Guide Price: $3.00 (as of 2011)
Estimated Issue Sales: 35,246
Heroes: Amazing Man II, Blue Beetle II, Booster Gold, Captain Atom, Firestorm V, Glenn Gammeron, Gypsy, Martian Manhunter, Maxima, Ray II, Wonder Twins
Supporting: Skeets I
Setting: JLA Refuge, DCU, Earth orbit, 20th-century
Cover Description: Batman, Flash III, and Green Lantern Kyle Rayner wear armor as they investigate a darkened cave filled with ominously silhouetted figures. (No Booster Gold.)
Brief Synopsis: Things go from bad to worse on an island that may be a trap for the Justice League.
Issue Summary: Reveal Potential Spoilers
Booster Gold's role in this story:
Cameo (Booster Gold makes a minor appearance)
Costume Worn: MARK X armored power-suit
Issue Notes: This series was created to serve two purposes: promote an upcoming Kenner toy line, and bridge the gap between the canceled Justice League titles and the relaunch of the Justice League franchise by writer Grant Morrison in the series JLA. The Total Justice toy line was ultimately unsuccessful and was canceled before the fourth wave of toys was released. No Booster Gold figure was planned for the toy line.
Page 2, panel 1
Assembled Justice League members Amazing Man II, Blue Beetle II, Booster Gold (with built-in Skeets), Captain Atom, Firestorm V, Glenn Gammeron, Gypsy, Maxima, Ray II, Zan and Jayna listen as Martian Manhunter delivers the news of which longtime Justice League foe is behind the mysterious island Aquaman, Batman, Flash III, Green Lantern Kyle Rayner, and Robin III are investigating. The Flash is included in this group scene in error: he is supposed to be powerless on the island at the time, as shown on page 4.
Page 2, panel 4
Blue Beetle demonstrates his new fractal armor that "asserts itself according to the specific needs of its wearer." This is exactly the sort of armor that Booster could have used before gaining his alien Flesh-Driver armor.
Page 7, panel 3
Blue Beetle flies to the mysterious island in his Bug skyship. If both the Bug and the fractal armor technology work on the island, wouldn't Booster Gold's power suit also work here? In any event, Booster doesn't come out and play for the rest of this series.
Boosterrific Review: Without a doubt, the worst comic book that includes Booster Gold. Fortunately, our hero's role is very small, so perhaps the stench of associating with this garbage will not linger. The story makes less and less sense as the action develops, the art is abysmal even by the low standards of the 1990s, and the reader is constantly reminded that the issue only exists to sell toys. As a result, this issue is able to double as the worst toy catalog ever published.
Boosterrific Rating: Fool's Gold.
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