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Justice League America

“Hell On Earth”

Volume 1, Issue 40, July 1990
Released May 15, 1990

Cover Price: $1.00
Guide Price: $2.00 (as of 2011) Rating
  • Currently 5.0/5 Stars.

Justice League America, Vol. 1, #40. Image © DC Comics



Writers: J. M. DeMatteis, Keith Giffen
Penciller: Adam Hughes
Inker: Jose Marzan, Jr.
Colorist: Gene D'Angelo
Letterer: Bob Lappan
Assistant Editor: Kevin Dooley
Editor: Andrew Helfer

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Cover Description: From left to right, Martian Manhunter, Superman, Flash, Hal Jordan, Ice, Kilowog, Fire, Metamorpho, Guy Gardner, G'Nort, Batman, Captain Atom, and Blue Beetle retreat from the tombstone of Mister Miracle. (No Booster Gold.)

Brief Synopsis: After finishing the battle with Despero, the Justice League has to deal with the apparent death of Mister Miracle.

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

Issue Notes: The events of this issue take place immediately following the events of Justice League America #39, in which Booster does not appear. Mister Miracle's funeral is also seen in Mister Miracle, Vol. 2, #17.

This story has been reprinted in:
Justice League International Omnibus (2020)

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Page 14, panel 1
Booster Gold stands among several other Justice Leaguers at the funeral for Mister Miracle. Other heroes shown in attendance are Aquaman, Batman, Big Barda, Blue Beetle II, Cyborg, Dr. Fate II, Fire, Green Arrow, Green Lantern II, Guy Gardner, Gypsy, Ice, Martian Manhunter, Maxwell Lord, Nightwing, Raven, Starfire, Superman, and Wonder Woman. Also present but not pictured are G'Nort and Kilowog. Mister Miracle's father, Highfather, is present but hidden from the view of the other heroes. Barda is accompanied by lawyer and guardian Ed Ferbel, whom Booster met in Mister Miracle #8. This is Booster's first meeting with the Titans Cyborg, Nightwing, Raven, or Starfire.

Page 17, panel 1
Immediately after the graveside ceremony, Booster meets with Gypsy about the possibility of her joining Booster's new team. This is Booster's first meeting with Gypsy, also a former Justice Leaguer.

Page 19, panel 2
Booster returns to his high-rise office after the funeral. Before meeting with Claire Montgomery, he passes by letters on a wall that hint at his new team's name.

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Boosterrific Review: Readers may have legitimate issues with Martian Manhunter's previously unrevealed abilities to handle Despero and the certainty that Mister Miracle's death is merely temporary. However, the assets of J.M. DeMatteis' characterization and Adam Hughes' art are more than equal to the task of overcoming any shortcoming in Keith Giffen's plot. Flawed but still fantastic.

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  • Currently 5.0/5 Stars.

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