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Formerly Known as the Justice League

“The Wrath of Manga Khan”

Volume 1, Issue 5, January 2004
Released November 5, 2003

Cover Price: $2.50
Guide Price: $2.50 (as of 2011)
Estimated Issue Sales: 40,298 Rating
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Formerly Known as the Justice League, Vol. 1, #5. Image © DC Comics



Writers: J. M. DeMatteis, Keith Giffen
Penciller: Kevin Maguire
Inker: Joe Rubinstein
Colorist: Lee Loughridge
Letterer: Bob Lappan
Assistant Editor: Stephen Wacker
Editor: Dan Raspler

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Cover Description: Manga Khan attacks Elongated Man, Fire, and Mary Marvel with a field of lightning. In an inset panel, Blue Beetle is on hold on the telephone. (No Booster Gold.)

Brief Synopsis: Manga Khan has returned to Earth to acquire his old companion, L-Ron.

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

Costume Worn: MARK XII armored power-suit

Issue Notes: This mini-series re-unites the characters of the original Justice League International in the hands of the original writers and artists. It was a critical and sales success, spawning a sequel. Events of the Infinite Crisis mini-series have possibly erased some or all of the events in this issue from history.

Story Notes: The title to this issue is an allusion to the movie Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.

This story has been reprinted in:
Formerly Known as the Justice League (2004)

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Page 1, panel 2
Blue Beetle II and Booster Gold accompany the critically injured Captain Atom to the fictitious Lower Manhattan Medical Center. Blue Beetle is distraught over the condition of Atom, especially considering the fact that the pair barely spoke after Atom used government concocted lies about Beetle's mentor in order to earn his trust (in Captain Atom #20). Meanwhile Booster is on the opposite end of the spectrum, playing the carefree buffoon despite the fact that it was Atom who expended every effort to make sure that Booster survived after he was critically injured by the Devastator (in Justice League America #89).

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Page 6, panel 1
While Beetle and Booster tend to Captain Atom, the Cluster is attempting the negotiation of a trade of G'Nort for L-Ron. G'Nort has joined the intergalactic policemen Darkstars since the destruction of the Green Lantern Corps by Parallax.

Page 21, panel 1
BUSTER GOLD: The S.T.A.R. Labs technician who assisted in the airlift of Captain Atom calls Booster "Buster," reviving the time-tested tradition of calling Booster by the wrong name.

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Boosterrific Review: Writers Keith Giffen and J.M. DeMatteis play Captain Atom's life-threatening situation for laughs. Big laughs.

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Worth Its Weight In Gold.

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KMD (Feb. 8, 2010, 19:55:43)
Blue Beetle on the phone....and on Captain Atom is dying. This should not be funny yet I was laughing my head off.

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