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heroes: Blue Beetle III, Booster Gold, Captain Atom, Fire, Ice, Rocket Red #07
supportinges: Checkmate, Skeets II, Taleb Beni Khalid-Isr
Settings: 21st-century Alps Mountains, Switzerland; 21st-century New York, NY, USA
Cover Description: There are two covers to this issue: the standard cover by Cliff Chiang features the re-assembled Justice League International (Booster Gold, Captain Atom, Rocket Red, Fire, Ice, and Blue Beetle) in the silhouette of Checkmate's knight symbol. Though Booster Gold appears as one of the engraving figures on Max Lord's throne on the art for the 1:10 variant cover, his image is omitted on the published version (he is hidden by the bar code box).
Brief Synopsis: The reassembled Justice League International stages a raid on Checkmate Headquarters in search of Maxwell Lord.
Costume Worn: MARK I.v2 power-suit
Issue Notes: Tie-in to Brightest Day. The title of this story is used as a punch line on the issue's final page.
This story has been reprinted in the following issue:
Justice League: Generation Lost Volume 1 (2011)
Page 2, panel 2
Maxwell Lord's vision can also be seen with slight variation in Brightest Day #7.
Page 5, panel 1
Booster Gold is in the old New York Embassy of the Justice League International discussing strategy with Blue Beetle, Captain Atom, Fire, Ice, Rocket Red, and Skeets. Based on Fire's "two days" comment, it would appear that less than a day has passed since present-day events seen in the previous issue. However, enough time has elapsed to allow for Fire to change her opinion from the previous issue and outline a plan to the assembled team.
Page 5, panel 7
It is a common action-movie cliche that large buildings can be infiltrated via their ventilation systems. Despite the repetition of this cliche, most ventilation systems are too small to allow a human access and too weak to support the weight. Checkmate could probably save itself the considerable expense of razor wire in all of their ventilation shafts if only they had built them smaller. Will those government contractors never learn?
Page 10, panel 3
Ice comments on the team's easy access into the Checkmate Headquarters' "run-off tube" versus a heavily guarded ventilation shaft. This is clearly a case of a writer attempting to cover a clumsy plot device (cliched access-tunnels) with some verbal sleight-of-hand ("we're inside the castle undetected -- so quit whining"). Why would Checkmate Headquarters, located on a mountain peak in the Swiss Alps, need a run-off tube large enough for armored people to walk through easily? Because they had already needlessly over-secured their enormous ventilation shafts. A better question would be why draw attention to a cliche if you plan to use that same cliche?
Page 11, panel 3
Booster Gold and his teammates are disguised in armor similar to that worn by Rocket Reds. This bullet-resistant armor appears to have no powers, and is marked unlike actual Rocket Red armor (seen two issues earlier). Presumably this is a mock-up costume with retractable visors. Note that Booster is walking through what appears to be a utility tunnel. Different in purpose than a run-off tube, a utility tunnel is still large enough for several armored humans and, unlike the ventilation shafts, it is entirely unguarded.
Page 11, panel 4
POWER UP: Skeets uses his on-board holographic projectors to disguise himself as a small, floating missile. This is the first time that Skeets has used this power in such a way.
Page 13, panel 1
Booster Gold is recognized as the team leader? OMG! Booster really is getting careless at maintaining his secret identity as an incompetent hero.
Page 18, panel 1
It appears in this panel that Booster Gold and Blue Beetle have infiltrated their objective, the Nest. The costumes make it very difficult to make out which character is speaking. (They do their job too well.) It is unclear whether Booster or Beetle shouts "Free Bird," the name of Lynyrd Skynyrd's most famous song which has very little to do with Communist philosophy.
Page 22, panel 1
This is Booster's first meeting with Taleb Beni Khalid-Isr, Checkmate's Black King.
Boosterrific Review: This is another issue that would have likely benefited from a greater development time, as the art and writing frequently seem unrefined or rushed. Still, this is a solid issue with several moments of tense drama, heroic action, and chuckle-laden dialogue. This series continues to excite.
Boosterrific Rating: Worth Its Weight In Gold.
Average Fan Rating: (4 votes)
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