- Booster Gold
“Dead Ted, Part I of II”
Volume 2, Issue 26, January 2010
Released November 11, 2009
Cover Price: $3.99
Estimated Issue Sales: 57,096
Writer: Dan Jurgens
Pencillers: Dan Jurgens, Mike Norton
Inker: Norm Rapmund
Colorist: Hi-Fi Designs
Letterer: Sal Cipriano
Assistant Editor: Harvey Richards
Editor: Michael Siglain
Cover Artists: Dan Jurgens, Norm Rapmund
Heroes: Batman, Big Barda, Black Canary II, Blue Beetle II, Booster Gold, Captain Atom, Captain Marvel, Doctor Fate IV, Doctor Light IV, Fire, Flash III, Green Lantern II, Green Lantern IV, Hawkgirl II, Hawkman I, Martian Manhunter, Mary Marvel, Mister Miracle, Nightwing II, Power Girl, Superman, Troia, Wonder Woman
Supporting: Barbara Gordon, Oberon
Setting: Chicago, IL, USA, 21st-century
Cover Description: Booster Gold and Blue Beetle III are reflected in the goggles of Blue Beetle II. There is a variant cover for this issue included on teh second printing, but the only difference in the two covers is coloring: the reprint cover has a golden background whereas the original background was a darker blue.
Brief Synopsis: Booster Gold attends the funeral of Blue Beetle II.
Booster Gold's role in this story:
Featured (Booster Gold plays a prominent role)
Costume Worn: MARK XII armored power-suit
This story has been reprinted in:
Booster Gold: The Tomorrow Memory (2010)
Page 8, panel 1
Booster Gold arrives at the funeral for Ted Kord, the second Blue Beetle. Clearly in attendance are Barbara Gordon, Batman, Big Barda, Black Canary II, Captain Atom, Captain Marvel, Dr. Fate IV, Dr. Light IV, Fire, Flash III, Green Lantern II, Guy Gardner, Hawkgirl II, Hawkman, Martian Manhunter, Mary Marvel, Mister Miracle, Nightwing, Oberon, Power Girl, Superman, Troia, and Wonder Woman. Booster mentions that Ted Kord's publicly reported cause of death was a "massive heart attack," believable because Kord had been diagnosed with heart disease shortly before his death.
Page 10, panel 4
"Sue" is Sue Dibney, wife of fellow Justice League International member Elongated Man, laid to rest in 2004's Identity Crisis #1. Elongated Man is conspicuously absent from this funeral.
Page 19, panel 4
A PAIR OF DOCS?: Booster Gold is so consumed with grief and self-loathing, he fails to notice a familiar blue and gold garbed figure.
Boosterrific Review: A fantastic issue that finally gives Ted Kord the funeral that he deserves only to drag him back into the never-ending fight of good versus evil. Though Boosterrific generally hates zombie stories, this one was done right. So good, I read it twice back to back.
Boosterrific Rating: Boosterrific!
Average Fan Rating: (3 votes)
The BIG problem I had with this is the fact that Maxwell Lord had Sasha Borduex incinerate Ted's body in the OMAC Project storyline. They say here that it's a closed casket because Max shot Ted in the head. But in reality there should be no body at all unless Booster went back in time and retrieved it before it got incinerated. Maybe I missed something but this seems a pretty glaring continuity error. There should be no corpse for a black lantern ring to reanimate, am I wrong?
[You're quite right. But DC Comics editorial is not about to let a little continuity get in the way of a good story. If, in order to bring a fan-favorite character into a storyline which requires that he have a corpse, he'll have a corpse. No matter what happend to the character in a previous story. Look no further than the villainous and human Max Lord as a perfect example of this policy. -Boosterrific]
The reason this issue works so well is because it shows what happened right after the events of Omac Project where Booster has to stop and think of the loss of Ted. All of his anger at Batman and the others that ignored Ted is still there ready to burst. You really get a sense that he's alone with no one else to understand him now. And for all his showboating what hurts him to most is his inability to say what needs to be said.
I'm not a neutral party by any means. This issue came out on November 11 which is Veterans Day and my thoughts went to an old friend of mine who died in the line of service. When we were kids, his favorite hero was Blue Beetle and mine was Booster Gold. While reading this issue, all I could do was wander back beyond Booster's pain and my own sense of loss. It was disconcerting to say the least. I have not read the issue since then but I am tempted to call this the best issue of the new run of Booster Gold and the finest issue yet in the continuing (and now reaching the point of seemingly endless) "Blackest Night" cross storyline. Ted Kord's funeral and Booster's role in it were done well and it was a nice idea to have Booster look over at certain individuals (including Oracle, Guy Gardner and Fire) while thinking about Ted. It was nice to see Rose and Daniel reappear. One quick note. It seems that Booster and Skeets are spending more time apart than together these days. This is getting repetitive and somewhat annoying.
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