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Justice League America

“Rush to Judgment”

Volume 1, Issue 96, February 1995
Released December 20, 1994

Cover Price: $1.50
Guide Price: $2.00 (as of 2011) Rating
  • Currently 3.0/5 Stars.

Justice League America, Vol. 1, #96. Image © DC Comics



Writer: Gerard Jones
Penciller: Randy Green
Inker: Andrew Pepoy
Colorist: Gene D'Angelo
Letterer: Clem Robins
Assistant Editor: Ruben Diaz
Editor: Brian Augustyn

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Cover Description: Judgment stands before the prone bodies of, clockwise from top right, Captain Atom, Hawkman, Wonder Woman, Nuklon, and Metamorpho. (No Booster Gold.)

Brief Synopsis: Maxwell Lord's funeral is interrupted by an attack from the villain Judgment.

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

Costume Worn: MARK IV armored power-suit

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Page 4, panel 1
Many Justice Leaguers, both past and present, attend the funeral of Maxwell Lord, who has recently died from a brain tumor (as seen in Justice League America #95). Among the many dignitaries and heroes assembled for the funeral are Amazing Man II, Aquaman, Black Canary II, Blue Beetle II, Booster Gold, Captain Atom, Crimson Fox, Dr. Light IV, Elongated Man, Fire, Gypsy, Hawkman IV, L-Ron (in Despero's Body), Martian Manhunter, Maxima, Metamorpho, Mister Miracle, Nuklon, Oberon, Obsidian, Power Girl and child, Ray II, Rocket Red #4, Sue Dibny, Tasmanian Devil, Triumph, and Wonder Woman.

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Page 5, panel 5
While Booster is pleased to see so many powerful figures (both physically and politically) in the crowd, Martian Manhunter remains concerned that something seems amiss about the mourners gathered for Lord's funeral service. Manhunter, who Lord once listed among his closest friends, suspects that Lord has secrets that will emerge from beyond the grave.

Page 10, panel 1
The assembled heroes are confronted by the villain Judgment, brother of John Charles Collins, the terrorist whose Maxwell Lord-backed kidnapping of the United Nations triggered the foundation of the United Nations' sponsored Justice League in Justice League #1. Judgment proceeds to destroy the mortal remains of Maxwell Lord.

Page 12, panel 5
The heroes' battle with Judgment endangers the lives of the surrounding crowd. Since Booster is not shown in combat with Judgment, it can be assumed that he is busy aiding the bystanders. Not only is this a necessary action to preserve innocent life, Booster couldn't turn down the opportunity to hobnob with the country's elite.

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Boosterrific Review: The inevitable fight breaks out at the second Justice Leaguer's funeral in 6 months. The reasons for this are never made entirely clear, but explanations have not been frequent or coherent in recent Justice League issues, so it's probably fruitless to start asking expecting them now.

Boosterrific Rating:

  • Currently 3.0/5 Stars.
Gold Standard.

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