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Justice League America

“The Trouble With Guys”

Volume 1, Issue 83, December 1993
Released October 19, 1993

Cover Price: $1.50
Guide Price: $2.00 (as of 2011) Rating
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Justice League America, Vol. 1, #83. Image © DC Comics



Writer: Dan Vado
Penciller: Kevin West
Inker: Rick Burchett
Colorist: Gene D'Angelo
Letterer: Tim Harkins
Assistant Editor: Ruben Diaz
Editor: Brian Augustyn
Cover Artists: Rick Burchett, Kevin West

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Cover Description: Guy Gardner stands defiantly, challenging the viewer to a fight. A mysterious silhouetted figure with a bowl cut sneaks up behind him. (No Booster Gold.)

Brief Synopsis: The Justice League hunts Guy Gardner, who is wanted for murder.

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

Costume Worn: MARK II armored power-suit

Story Notes: The cover of this issue indicates that this is the first part of "The Trouble with Guys" storyline.

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

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Page 5, panel 1
Booster Gold waits impatiently while Blue Beetle II repairs his new armor, damaged when hit by alien energy pistol blasts during its shakedown mission in Justice League America #81. Booster is not concerned about his own safety in the malfunctioning armor, just the speed at which he can return to action.

Page 5, panel 5
Beetle and Booster argue about Beetle's decision to hide from the world in his lab. Like any true friend, Booster is concerned about Beetle's mental health following Beetle's recovery from his Doomsday-induced coma. Of course, Beetle is just as worried about Booster's need to return to combat so quickly that he'd sacrifice his own health. Each of these heroes is responding to recent tragedies in their own, opposite, ways.

Page 13, panel 4
Finally back in his armor, Booster confronts Guy Gardner about his murder of the alien Blake in Justice League America #81. Blue Beetle, Fire, and Oberon watch the confrontation apprehensively.

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Page 14, panel 2
Gardner attacks Booster, beginning the third fight between the two heroes.

Page 14, panel 3
POWER UP: Booster flies into the sky and shoots an energy ray at Gardner, demonstrating the powers of his armor. It is unclear if his flight is produced by his Legion Flight Ring or the power of the suit, as no means of propulsion is visible.

Page 15, panel 1
DON'T MAKE 'EM LIKE THEY USED TO: Booster's armor is no match for Guy's power ring, and the fight is quickly ended. (Mark II Booster Gold 0, Enemies 3.) As Booster falls, slots are revealed on the soles of his feet. Though it would appear that Booster's flight is powered by his Legion Flight Ring, these slots may be nozzles for jet exhaust. Rocket Red armor, the basis for Booster's new armor, does indeed have jet boots for powered flight.

Page 20, panel 1
Booster joins Captain Atom, Bloodwynd I, Crater, and Maxima in firing upon Guy Gardner, finally subduing him.

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Boosterrific Review: Most of this issue is a suitable follow-up to the cold-blooded murder committed by a Leaguer in the previous issue. Suitable, but not exceptional, which is disappointing following the exceptional events of the previous issue.

Boosterrific Rating:

  • Currently 3.0/5 Stars.
Gold Standard.

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