Justice League Unlimited #30
DC Comics (April, 2007)
WRITER: Mike Baron
PENCILER: Carlo Barberi
INKER: Bob Petreca
COLORING: Heroic Age
COVER ART: Ty Templeton
LETTERER: John J. Hill
EDITOR: Rachel Gluckstern
Speedy, Booster Gold, and Skeets are alone on the Watchtower when Polaris uses the opportunity to steal a power source he can use to wipe out Earth. Speedy and Skeets try to avoid him and find Booster. Using his knowledge of football and medieval warfare, Booster comes up with a plan Speedy is able to implement, stopping Polaris and sending the power source into the sun. Now they have to explain all that to the Trinity.
What they got right: I could complain that Speedy (wearing a costume modeled after his Teen Titans cartoon outfit even though that show isn’t part of the DCAU) wouldn’t be here since none of the sidekicks are (Nightwing and Robin for example aren’t Justice League members that we’ve seen) but I’m willing to let that all go because it’s a good use for him. He has good skills but due to Polaris’s magnetic powers his metal tipped arrows are pretty much useless. With the right arrowhead and the right plan he’s shown to be quite capable.
What they got wrong: The way they indicate the arrow in space looks like the thing has a force field around it, unless that was the intentions. Speedy arguing with Skeets wasn’t as funny as I think he was going for. He just appears to hate the little robot just to hate him. He’s also not called Speedy once in the whole story and it’s only the S that’s part of the costume that lets me know this isn’t Roy as Arsenal. Finally, if Polaris was in prison, how did he find out about a powerful cube found in the Antarctic. Wait, cube in the Antarctic? Did Superman find the All-Spark? (You know I had to make that reference. If not, you’re clearly new here.)
What the what?: A competent Booster Gold, who not only uses football metaphors but uses ancient history as a guide, is a heavy history reader, and has a good plan for stopping Polaris while serving as a temporary mentor for Roy? I’m not sure if this is good or bad because this is the first time I’ve ever seen Booster written this way. It’s good for the character but most of the time it isn’t close to accurate to how he’s written. I wish he was instead of the glory-and-fortune-seeking dimwit he usually gets written as. More of THIS Booster please. He can still be funny and a bit dense and still be a good superhero, you know.
Recommendation: This is one of the better issues of the series. Highly recommended.