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Friday, July 17, 2020
Frankly, the entire mini-series is worth a read. It's a great call back to the best of the humorous yet heroic "Bwah-Ha-Ha" era of the Justice League International by the very creators who made that series such a hit.
Ultimately I've chosen to highlight issue #4 in part because it does such a good job of making the badly threadbare plot of a hero-vs-hero fistfight into a truly delightful read.
The issue sees the newly formed "Superbuddies" super team abducted by the villanous Roulette and forced to fight one another to the death. The joke is that no one takes the Superbuddies seriously or expects them to win. This is in keeping with the reputation of the JLI itself, which was at something of a nadir when the issue was published. Of course, fans — and team creators Keith Giffen and J.M. DeMatteis — knew that the JLI was far more competent than their reputation (even if the team itself didn't).
In addition to the ton of jokes and familiar characterization of a bunch of friends who also happen to be teammates, this issue really highlights the strengths of original Justice League International artist Kevin Maguire's storytelling ability. His expressions, body language, pacing... it's all perfect.
(And the cover's not bad either!)
If there's any complaint to be made about this series, it's that the comedic roles of Booster Gold and Blue Beetle have been swapped. Back in the day, Booster was the straight man. Here he's the fool. Some might find that offputting, but Booster boosters know it's only an act. Booster will do anything to be the center of attention.
Besides, you know it's only a comic book.
As far as comic books go, it's a pretty good one. It easily deserves to be counted among the The Best Booster Gold Stories Ever.
Friday, April 5, 2019
I mentioned on Wednesday that I was going to be picking up a copy of Young Justice #4. I've actually been buying all the Wonder Comics titles, and I like most of them. (Wonder Twins is my favorite.) A great deal of what I like is the lighter tone of the books.
I have a tendency to complain about the "grim and gritty" nature of the contemporary DC universe. That makes me part of the problem. DC has, in fact, published plenty of "lighter" fare in recent years featuring the characters that I know and love, and I've done a poor job of spotlighting those. The best was unquestionably Justice League Unlimited, based on the Cartoon Network cartoon of the same name.
The series ran for 46 issues from 2004 through 2008. Booster Gold appeared in many of those, including issue 20, released on this day in 2006, in which he helped welcome Mary Marvel to the Justice League.
The issue is a great example of the series' traditional, family friendly super hero hijinx that got me into reading comic books in the first place. The story, "Just Us Girls" by Paul D. Storrie, borrows notes from Booster's mainstream DC universe history while introducing readers to Mary Marvel and "girl power" fisticuffs. It's a delightful read.
Advance reviews of the movie Shazam!, opening today and focused on Mary's big brother Billy, indicate that it aims to be in the same vein. I wish it was based on the original Fawcett Whiz Comics characters and not Geoff John's New 52 re-invention of them, but I applaud DC and Warner Bros for at least trying to reach an audience other than fans of the black-as-night Zack Snyder film universe. Beggars can't be choosers.
Monday, May 28, 2018
Once upon a time, comic book publishers used the corner box at the top corner of their front covers to showcase characters appearing on the pages inside. The illustrated corner box is most strongly associated with Marvel Comics, which introduced it in the early 60s and used it to great effect for decades. DC's corner boxes have traditionally been a less flashy affair, though they did adopt the practice for a few years in the 90s. As a result, Booster Gold has never had an illustrated Corner Box on any issue of either of his solo series.
When I redesigned Boosterrific.com, I made sure to correct that. Those of you who visit the new Boosterrific.com on a desktop have probably noticed that I use a rotating assortment of art for the corner box to the top left of the masthead. (Those of you who visit via mobile devices probably only see the standard "menu" icon linking to the site menu.)
Today I present you all with this link to every one of the images you might find above.Can you recognize where they all came from?
Most of them are cover images, though some were taken from interior pages and others were created as commissions. (Personally, I still feel that Extreme Justice is underrepresented, though I'm liking that most showcase that groovy high collar.) If you don't see your favorite, give a holler. I'll see what I can do.
Monday, June 6, 2016
Last week on Twitter, Bats-Marvelous drew our attention to this unused concept sketch from Howard Porter for the Booster Gold and Blue Beetle in Justice League 3000:
Booster may be missing his trademark star, but otherwise, it looks pretty good to me. I especially like the hood, which simultaneously plays with Booster's public profile (what celebrity doesn't try to hide from the press in a hoodie?) and simulates the high collar. Clever, @MrHowardPorter. Clever.
Wednesday, April 27, 2016
In the comments to last week's rant, Boosts-Marvelous suggested that to counteract the inaccurate descriptions of Booster Gold that have cropped up across the Internet as of late, Booster's fans should make a short video describing the character's highlights.
I think that's a great idea. If Booster Gold is going to get a movie, there are a whole lot of people who have never heard of him who will need to be told how awesome he is. But to make this video a reality, I need your help.
Tell me, if you had 60 seconds to describe what you think is key to understanding the character of Booster Gold, what would you say? Thief with a heart of gold? Time traveler seeking redemption for past mistakes? Glory hound? Athlete? Comedian? Teammate? Entrepreneur? Friend?
Help me make a video we can all be proud of.
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