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Cover Description: Booster Gold and the Justice League International battle the Burners.
Brief Synopsis: The members of the Justice League International fight the anarchist Burners on the steps of the United States Capitol.
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: The cover of this issue features trade dress promoting the upcoming Batman The Dark Knight Rises movie.
Story Notes: Perhaps coincidentally, this story containing scenes of a violent fight between United Nations forces and anarchist bombers on the steps of the U.S. Capitol building was released on the American Independence Day holiday when many American celebrate their patriotism via fireworks displays.
This story has been reprinted in the following issue:
Justice League International Volume 2: Breakdown (2013)
Page 2, panel 1
At the conclusion of the previous issue, the JLI (August General in Iron, Batwing, Booster Gold, Godiva, Green Lantern Guy Gardner, and OMAC) was defeated by The Burners (Breakdown, Crosscut, Intersek, and Lightweaver) in New York City. Now the JLI are being held captive in Washington, D.C. An undisclosed amount of time must have passed, perhaps allowing an opportunity to explain why Batman, who was shown clearly captured at the end of last issue, is nowhere to be seen in this entire issue.
Page 4, panel 2
MEET THE PRESS: Breakdown's speech on the steps of the United States Capitol Building to an assembled angry mob is being captured by a professional camera crew and broadcast live. Do no other heroes in the DC Universe notice this?
Page 5, panel 4
When help does arrive, it is unclear who, exactly they are. The United States Capitol has its own exclusive police force of nearly 2,000 members, the United States Capital Police. However, they are a civilian police organization and do not have direct access to military tanks. Have the Burners already dispatched the Capital Police, requiring the activation of the U.S. Armed Forces? [On the question of which branch of the Armed Forces this force represents, Morgenstern notes in the Boosterrific Forum that "while the regular U.S. Armed Forces (in contrast to the National Guard) can't usually be used on home ground, this applies only to states. Washingtion, D.C. is not part of any state so this rule does not apply. Regular forces have been used in D.C. in the past (during peace time), for example to crush the Bonus March protests in 32."] Whoever these soldiers are, they are quickly electrocuted by Crosscut. It is unclear whether Crosscut is attempting to murder or incapacitate (as he had Guy Gardner two panels earlier) these soldiers.
Page 7, panel 2
POWER DOWN: Besides being caged by Lightweaver's light constructs, Booster is still powerless from Intersek's interference with his technology. Some days it doesn't pay to be a technology-based hero.
Page 10, panel 1
Patrons of a bar in an undisclosed location act largely indifferent to the televised news feed of the Justice League International battling a team of super-powered anarchists in the nation's capital. Even given that the DC Universe is full of super-powered people constantly involved in fist fights, it is nigh impossible to believe that the majority of the American citizenry wouldn't be concerned with a battle between the forces of order and chaos at the doorstep of the nation's governing body.
Page 11, panel 4
Minutes later those same bar patrons praise the JLI, "especially Booster." Says one anonymous blond woman, "he can be my star anytime." As much as I enjoy seeing Booster receiving praise, the reaction of this bar's patrons seems particularly discordant with the severity and violence of the battle playing out on the television.
Page 14, panel 4
Lightweaver is hit squarely by the blast from some form of tank gun. The tank looks vaguely like a M1 Abrams, the primary battle tank of the United States military.
Page 16, panel 1
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Page 18, panel 4
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Page 19, panel 3
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Boosterrific Review: Something about this issue feels distinctly anticlimactic, maybe because the issue's story boils down to nothing more than "dysfunctional hero team comes together to defeat stock super-villains." While I might have thought it would be nice to have an old-fashioned story resolution in a team-based superhero adventure, this conclusion ultimately feels less nostalgic than it does lazy.
Boosterrific Rating: Tarnished.
Average Fan Rating: (1 vote)
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