March 24, 2010 Leave a comment
Booster Gold and Dr. Light wait with Maxwell Lord while the League decides what to do about Lord’s interference in their activities. Embarrassed by Lord’s deception, Dr. Light storms out, effectively quitting the team. Before Batman can render his decision, a likewise embarrassed Booster leaves, deciding he’s better off on his own. Leaving the cave, he decides to approach the press gathered outside, but the security field holding them out short circuits and blows. Booster follows several people who sneak in during the confusion and find them to be the Royal Flush Gang. The League also learns of this, but Batman holds them back to see what Booster can do.
Single-handedly, Booster takes the entire Gang down but is surprised when a giant robot Ace attacks from behind. The League joins in the battle, but Ace is programmed with counter attacks for each of their abilities. Distracted by Batman, Ace lets down his guard and is grabbed from behind by Booster. He flies Ace up, then drops him as Blue Beetle activates the cave’s perimeter force field, slicing the android in half. With the victory in hand, Batman welcomes Booster into the League. Before they can do anything, Captain Marvel draws their attention to the monitor to see that Lord, identifying himself as the League’s press liason, is announcing Booster’s acceptance.
You may have noticed that one of the representatives of the JLI had yet to be introduced into the book. Booster is the second recruit of Max Lord, but the first one with real staying power. Dr. Light only made it three full issues before departing in a huff. She never even donned her costume with the team. As I mentioned before, this league has a sort of revolving door policy, at least in the early days. As this run moves on, eventually the roster settles down. Booster is one of the one that sticks (though not for the entire run). The Royal Flush Gang are rather obscure villains even by JLI standards. They have little agenda here, other than serving as a trial by fire for Booster.
This issue marks the first meeting of Blue Beetle and Booster Gold. The two work together to defeat the Ace android and eventually become the best of friends. After the 2nd string team of JLA was disbanded, the few appearances these two characters made usually occurred with them together. Blue Beetle’s death in 2005 was a large reason for Booster’s rise back into superhero prominence. But that’s years away. We’re barely four issues into this run.