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Absolute Power

“Chapter One: Powerless”

Volume 1, Issue 1, September 2024
Released July 3, 2024

Cover Price: $4.99 Rating
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Absolute Power, Vol. 1, #1. Image © DC Comics



Writer: Mark Waid
Artist: Dan Mora
Colorist: Alejandro Sanchez
Assistant Editor: Matthew Levine
Editor: Paul Kaminski

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Cover Description: This book has multiple covers. Booster Gold appears on none of them.

Brief Synopsis: Amanda Waller and an army of Amazos defeat all of the world's super heroes.

Booster Gold's role in this story:
Cameo (Booster Gold makes a minor appearance)

Costume Worn: MARK I.v2 power-suit

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Page 15, panel 1
Booster Gold is just one of the many super-heroes worldwide who are making a public show of fighting crime in response to a wave of faked videos depicting heroes attacking citizens that has turned the world against heroes. (Citizens manipulated to turn against heroes was also a key plot point in Legends, which led to the formation of the original Justice League International). Booster is joined by his JLI teammates Blue Beetle (and his Bug airship), Fire, Ice, and Martian Manhunter battling a wave of robots in in the streets below Big Ben in London, England. Also present in London (though never seen on-panel with Booster): the once-dead but now feeling much better Elongated Man!

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Page 21, panel 3
Amanda Waller and her robot ally Failsafe, the force behind the faked videos, unleash her army of Amazo robots based on individual members of the Justice League of America. The Amazo sent to disable the JLI in London wears a costume based on Martian Manhunter's and will use the powers of Manhunter, Fire, and Ice simultaneously. (For the record, Failsafe is a rogue artificial intelligence created by Batman. A rogue artificial intelligence created by Batman was also a key villain in Infinite Crisis.)

Page 26, panel 3
Green Arrow, who has betrayed the Justice League and joined Waller's Task Force VII, claims he has taken her side to be "on the right side of history." This is similar to Booster's claim to being "on the right side of the fence for once" when he betrayed the Justice League to join the Manhunters during Millennium (in Booster Gold #24).

Page 28, panel 1
POWER DOWN: Green Arrow claims Waller has "sealed away the timestream" and access to other universes, both of which were key elements in Convergence. Waller also claims to be able to "drain" devices, presumably by depleting their power sources. How the world's heroes react to no longer having powers was the key element in JLA: Act of God.

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Boosterrific Review: Maybe it's my event fatigue talking, but you know how some movies feel like a single 48-minute television episode bloated just to fit a longer 2-hour runtime? Yeah, this. Does this really need to be a summer-long "event" when it could have been 4-issues of Mark Waid's Batman Superman: World's Finest ? The plot-thin, hopeless first issue doesn't have me excited to read 35 more issues of follow-ups and tie-ins.

Boosterrific Rating:

  • Currently 3.0/5 Stars.
Gold Standard.

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