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Blue and Gold

“Beetles Abound!”

Volume 1, Issue 7, May 2022
Released March 15, 2022

Cover Price: $3.99 Rating
  • Currently 4.0/5 Stars.

Blue and Gold, Vol. 1, #7. Image © DC Comics



Writer: Dan Jurgens
Pencillers: Phil Hester, Paul Pelletier
Inkers: Eric Gapstur, Norm Rapmund
Colorist: Chris Sotomayor
Letterer: Rob Leigh
Assistant Editor: Chris Rosa
Editors: Brittany Holzherr, Paul Kaminski
Cover Artist: Ryan Sook

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Cover Description: As Blue Beetle II watches from a distance, Booster Gold sells Blue Beetle III on joining Blue and Gold.

Brief Synopsis: Booster Gold and Blue Beetle (and Blue Beetle) defend New York from Nullifex's rampage.

Issue Summary: Reveal Potential Spoilers

Booster Gold's role in this story:
Featured (Booster Gold plays a prominent role)

Costume Worn: MARK I.v2 power-suit

This story has been reprinted in:
Blue and Gold (2022)

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Page 1, panel 2
Enough time has passed between issues that Booster Gold and Blue Beetle have been able to help many needy clients. Most of the people recording these testimonials for Blue and Gold Restoration were seen asking for help in previous issues. Back in Blue and Gold #5, the farmer with a Dimension X problem had a goatee...

Page 1, panel 3
...the wizard's "murkaffinakkerschtadt" was missing...

Page 1, panel 4
...and the little girl's cat was named Mister Whiskers. Either "Tater Tot" is a nickname, or this little girl has a more than one cat and a yard with too many trees.

Page 3, panel 3
FIRST APPEARANCE: In response to the televised commercial, a mysterious evil figure who has kidnapped Blue Beetle III unleashes new villain Nullifex on New York city.

Page 4, panel 3
"Who knew that hay was so flammable?" is probably meant as a joke, but someone should explain to a city boy like Booster that barns can actually be quite dangerous. Bailed hay can spontaneously combust under the right conditions, and grain dust can be incredibly explosive in a confined space like a silo.

Page 5, panel 2
The annual property tax rate in New York City for commercial property is greater than 10.69% of the assessed property value, which is itself 45% of the market value. Figuring that the average NYC commercial property sale price over the last two years is $1.3 million, Terri Collins could be on the hook for about $62,000 in annual taxes. Work hard, Booster!

Page 5, panel 3
What Skeets fails to mention is that Booster has attempted this "unethical" behavior himself to disastrous results, as seen in the pages of 52 Week Three.

Page 6, panel 3
As he rushes to confront Nullifex, Booster has Skeets start livestreaming his adventure to his adoring public (and financial supporters), including regulars jdj, radiojoe, she kat, t-grrl, dubba, bill, outliar, zblah, gawd, and...

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...b-bo, who is seen on panel for the first time, revealing that he is Bibbo Bibbowski, Superman's number one fan.

Page 10, panel 1
Booster Gold is saved from Nullifex by a timely intervention from Blue Beetle III, who has freed himself and joined the fight. Pleased to be free, Booster calls Beetle by his first name, Jaime. Be careful with such casual use of a secret identity, Booster! Skeets is livestreaming, remember?

Page 10, panel 3
It depends on how you spell it, Booster. "You can never have enough Beatles" is a reasonably common phrase judging by a quick Google search.

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HIS STORY: Skeets hints that Nullifex might have a connection with the 25th century. Booster and Skeets departed for the past in the year 2462.

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POWER UP: Booster first used his force field to surround and destroy an external object (also at Skeets' direction) in Booster Gold volume 1, #16. He would repeat the trick to have a Manhunter destroy itself in Justice League International #9.

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Ted Kord is quoting a commonly repeated catchphrase from Pinky and the Brain, a mid-1990s cartoon featuring a genius lab mouse (Brain) who plots to take over the world and his idiot assistant (Pinky).

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Page 18, panel 3
I know what to say: Those are all horrible names.

Page 20, panel 1
Watching Skeets livestream from a secret location, the evil mastermind figure is finally revealed to the reader...

Page 21, panel 4

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Boosterrific Review: This issue is almost entirely one long fight that somehow fails to advance the overall plot. It would be a disappointment if not for the delightful interactions between Booster and the Beetles (and their robots, and Terri, and their fans). The tease at the end makes me powerfully eager to see how Jurgens plans to wrap up this series with just one issue remaining.

Boosterrific Rating:

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

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