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Cover Description: OMAC, Guy Gardner, and Booster Gold fall victim to the power of Breakdown.
Brief Synopsis: The Justice League International confronts the Burners.
Issue Summary: Reveal Potential Spoilers
Booster Gold's role in this story:
Featured (Booster Gold plays a prominent role)
Costume Worn: MARK XIII power-suit
Issue Notes: Although advance solicitations for this issue indicated that Firehawk would be joining the team in this issue, Firehawk appears nowhere in this issue. This is the second time in the past year that advance solicitations have indicated the addition of a female member to the JLI who never appeared in the issue. (A woman in black appeared on the original solicitation cover for Justice League International #1.)
This story has been reprinted in the following issue:
Justice League International Volume 2: Breakdown (2013)
Page 2, panel 1
The active members of the Justice League International return from their adventure in Paris at the base of the Statue of Liberty. While Liberty Island is open to the public, the interior of the Statue of Liberty has been closed to the public since 2011 for renovations. Perhaps this explains the lack of a crowd as the JLI arrives. Present are August General in Iron, Batman, Batwing, Booster Gold, Godiva, Green Lantern Guy Gardner, and OMAC.
Page 2, panel 4
Booster Gold laments that none of the Firestorms the team worked with in The Fury of Firestorm: The Nuclear Men #9 joined the team. Advance solicitations for this issue teased that Firehawk would be joining the JLI in this issue.
Page 6, panel 2
SOLIDIFIED TIME: August General explains that Guy Gardner and Ice "were once in a relationship. It didn't end well." Before the events of Flashpoint rebooted the history of the DC Universe, the pair were dating until Ice was killed. Since Ice was reborn, the pair's relationship has been substantially cooler. It remains unclear how much of the couple's history survived Flashpoint.
Page 8, panel 2
Godiva expresses an interest in meeting Skeets in the post-Flashpoint DCU. Me, too. Series writer Dan Jurgens told reporters that his plan was to introduce Skeets in Justice League International #13. Unfortunately, DC has announced that the series will be canceled with issue #12.
Page 8, panel 7
LIQUIFIED TIME: Despite standing beside comatose Fire, Booster Gold and Godiva steal a romantic moment. Booster Gold hasn't had a significant love interest since dating the original Firehawk years earlier. In the post-Flashpoint history of the DCU, details of Booster's love-life remain a mystery.
Page 10, panel 4
Breakdown, Crosscut, Intersek, and Lightweaver are planning to tear down society during a rally in Washington, DC. This is not the first time that an anarchist organization has targeted the United States government. Domestic bombings staged by anarchist groups were not uncommon in early 20th-century America. Of course, none of those anarchists had super powers.
Page 11, panel 3
Crosscut describes himself as "an A.D.D. guy." Attention deficit disorder is a controversial psychological condition diagnosed mainly in children who exhibit extreme inattentiveness or lack of concentration. The American Psychiatric Association now labels the condition "attention deficit hyperactivity disorder" (ADHD), though the condition is still commonly called ADD by the general public.
Page 12, panel 1
Tipped off by the Justice League, the JLI ambushes the anarchists at their hideout in New York City.
Page 14, panel 1
The villains reveal that they call themselves The Burners.
Page 14, panel 3
Batman swings on a bat-line and slams his bat-boots into the chest of Breakdown with a "whud." This produces a flash of light. Is Breakdown made of energy? Do Batman's boots have flint in them? Does the colorist just like high contrast?
Page 16, panel 6
POWER UP: Theoretically, Booster's force field should protect him from Breakdown's dangerous touch, though how Booster manages to punch Breakdown from inside his spherical force-field bubble is unclear.
Page 17, panel 5
POWER DOWN: Booster's powers are all based on futuristic technology with electromechanical components. This makes him susceptible to Intersek, who has the power to "alter any form of communication that emanates from or is received by a mechanical object." In an interview with Russ Burlingame at ComicBook.com, character creator and issue writer Dan Jurgens explains that Intersek is able to intercept "communication link between the brain, nervous system and rings or costume." This would imply that in addition to manipulating the electronic circuits that control Booster's power suits, Intersek would even be able to disrupt Booster's use of his willpower-controlled Flight Ring.
Page 19, panel 3
SPOILER WARNING!: Reveal
Boosterrific Review: This issue is half character moments, half fight scenes. This mix would be great if it didn't already seem that this meandering story had already dragged on too long with no ending yet clearly in sight.
Boosterrific Rating: Gold Standard.
Average Fan Rating: (2 votes)
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