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World War III

“The Valiant”

Volume 1, Issue 2, June 2007
Released April 18, 2007

Cover Price: $2.50
Estimated Issue Sales: 98,202 Rating
  • Currently 3.0/5 Stars.

World War III, Vol. 1, #2. Image © DC Comics



Writer: Keith Champagne
Penciller: Andy Smith
Inker: Ray Snyder
Colorist: Hi-Fi Designs
Letterer: Travis Lanham
Assistant Editor: Elisabeth V. Gehrlein
Editors: Michael Siglain, Peter Tomasi

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Cover Description: Deathstroke watches over Batgirl II, Donna Troy assumes the mantle of Wonder Woman, and Supergirl III returns to Metropolis from the 30th century. (No Booster Gold.)

Brief Synopsis: The second chapter telling of the war between the heroes of the DC Universe and Black Adam.

Booster Gold's role in this story:
Cameo (Booster Gold makes a minor appearance)

Costume Worn: MARK I.v2 power-suit

Issue Notes: Booster Gold appears briefly during this issue, the events of which take place during the events depicted in 52 Week Fifty, in which also appears Booster Gold.

Reprint Notes: This issue has been collected with the rest of the series in World War III.

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Image Copyright DC Comics

Page 14, panel 3
"Week 50, Day 4." As the Doom Patrol (Bumblebee, Elasti-Girl, Mento, Negative Man, Robotman II, and Vox III) battles Black Adam at the base of the Leaning Tower of Pisa in Pisa, Italy, Booster Gold appears briefly in the sky. Booster is clearly fighting something unseen, firing both of his wrist-mounted Booster Shots back into the tear in time through which he arrived. Realizing that he has arrived "too soon," he is gone by the next panel. How Booster managed to travel through time and how he could have arrived at a time that he wasn't prepared for is unrevealed, though Rip Hunter's technology no doubt played a role.

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Boosterrific Review: World War III is a mini-series designed to answer all of the lingering questions about the one year gap in the history of the DC Universe that were squeezed out of the story in 52. As a result, World War III is not a cohesive story insomuch as it is a series of vignettes featuring DC characters, both familiar and obscure, explaining their activities during the missing year. In fact the primary story, the DC Universe versus Black Adam, is told well enough in the pages of the 52 as to make that story redundant here in its own mini-series. Therefore World War III may be a necessary read for those interested in the activities of their favorite characters who were not featured in 52 or completists who seek every appearance of a character (*cough* such as Booster Gold), but is certainly an unnecessary experience for the casual reader or an audience more interested in compelling stories than mere bookkeeping. While 52 should be considered essential reading, this mini-series should be avoided by all but the most hard core collectors.

Boosterrific Rating:

  • Currently 3.0/5 Stars.
Gold Standard.

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