- Booster Gold
“California or Death, Chapter 4: Lost and Found”
Volume 3, Issue 73, August 2020
Released June 10, 2020
Cover Price: $3.99
Cover Description: Harley Quinn, hands tied, is being carried away by the Demolition Team wrestling tag team of Crux and Rosie. (No Booster Gold.)
Brief Synopsis: Harley Quinn reacts poorly when her investigation into her friend's death turns up some unpleasant information.
Issue Summary: Reveal Potential Spoilers
Booster Gold's role in this story:
Supporting (Booster Gold plays a lesser role)
Costume Worn: MARK I.v2 power-suit
This story has been reprinted in:
Harley Quinn: Hollywood or Die (2021)
Page 9, panel 1
Booster Gold is coaching the Hollywood Academy football team in Los Angeles, California. The team mascot, "The Hawks," appear to be based on Booster's Justice League teammate Hawkman.
Page 9, panel 2
HIS STORY: Booster says he played football for Gotham University "in the 31st century." Booster actually played football in the 25th century (2462, to be precise). Is this a slip of the tongue — I admit that sometimes I forget what year I graduated college myself — or has Booster's history been revised? (There seems to be a lot of that going on these days.)
Page 9, panel 4
Harley Quinn has tracked Booster down and is watching from the grandstands. No surprise, she's been drinking. (Such a good influence for the kids, that Harley.)
Page 10, panel 1
"That night" they almost kissed was just last issue.
Page 11, panel 2
"You're a better person that most of my hero friends," says Booster to Harley. Which proves that this must take place in an alternate continuity. (Last time I checked, very few Justice Leaguers had killed people capriciously. Or committed vandalism on historic properties. Or gotten drunk in front of minors. I mean, just no. Some people will say anything to impress a girl.)
Page 11, panel 5
Once Harley realizes that she and Booster actually have real feelings for one another, she panics and runs away. Booster is not seen again in this issue.
Boosterrific Review: Okay, at this point I should admit that I love hard-boiled detective stories, and I really dig some of the games writer Sam Humphries is playing with the genre. I also really appreciate Sami Basri's art. Yet it doesn't all come together for me, in no small part because Harley Quinn is the ultimate "unreliable narrator," to borrow the story's vernacular.
Boosterrific Rating: Gold Standard.
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