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Justice League America

“Lives in the Balance”

Volume 1, Issue 78, Early August 1993
Released June 15, 1993

Cover Price: $1.25
Guide Price: $2.00 (as of 2011) Rating
  • Currently 3.0/5 Stars.

Justice League America, Vol. 1, #78. Image © DC Comics



Writer: Dan Vado
Penciller: Mike Collins
Inkers: Carlos Garzon, Romeo Tanghal
Colorist: Gene D'Angelo
Letterer: Willie Schubert
Assistant Editor: Ruben Diaz
Editor: Brian Augustyn

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Cover Description: Maxima lifts a jeep over her head while behind her charge Leaguers (from left to right) Guy Gardner, Flash I, Wonder Woman, Bloodwynd I, and Ray II. (No Booster Gold.)

Brief Synopsis: The United Nations sends the Justice League America to spearhead an invasion in the nation of Seylone.

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

Issue Notes: This is the first issue of Justice League America not plotted by Keith Giffen or Dan Jurgens.

This story has been reprinted in:
Wonder Woman and the Justice League America (2017)

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Page 2, panel 2
POWER UP: Guy Gardner interrupts Blue Beetle II as Beetle works on "a force field for Booster's new armor." This is the first indication that Booster will be receiving a new costume to replace the one lost to Doomsday in Superman, Vol. 2, #74.

Page 3, panel 3

While Beetle works on his new armor, Booster Gold attends a Justice League meeting with United Nations Security Council representative General DuLac. Other Leaguers in attendance are Bloodwynd I, Fire, Guy Gardner, Maxima, Maxwell Lord, Ray II, and Wonder Woman.

Page 5, panel 1
The assembled JLA is introduced to their temporary member Flash I.

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Page 6, panel 3
Flash attempts to encourage Booster Gold and Fire, who are still without enough power to join the rest of the Justice League in battle. Despite the fact that he suggests that he may be able to find roles for them in his mission...

Page 8, panel 1
...when the League splits into two teams to invade the island nation of Seylone, neither Booster nor Fire are included. Flash names the two teams the "Blue" and "Red" teams. Guy grumbles that his "Blue" team should be called the "Gold" team. Leaguers Blue Beetle and Booster Gold have been called the team of Blue and Gold in the past, and Guy's unintended allusion to his comrades draws attention to the fact that neither appears in action in either this or the next issue of Justice League America.

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Boosterrific Review: The Justice League finds itself embroiled in a United Nations military action. New writer Dan Vado clearly desires to make the comic book super heroes relevant to the real world, but this departure from fighting aliens and mutants only succeeds in illustrating just how far outside the realm of normal the Justice League is.

Boosterrific Rating:

  • Currently 3.0/5 Stars.
Gold Standard.

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