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Abandoned Love: Booster Gold’s New Threads

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Every week, we will be examining comic book stories, plots and ideas that were abandoned by a later writer while still acknowledging that the abandoned story DID still happen. Click here for an archive of all the previous editions of Abandoned Love. Feel free to e-mail me at bcronin@comicbookresources.com if you have any suggestions for future editions of this feature.

This week, we take a look at how Booster Gold went on a journey that took over a decade to end up where he began in the first place.

Booster Gold was introduced by Dan Jurgens in 1986 as a fellow who traveled to our present from the future and used a power suit from the future to fight crime today (while also trying to become rich and famous).


That was Booster’s setup for the next six years. A guy from the future who fights crime with a power suit.

Things changed during the 1992 crossover Death of Superman, where Booster and the Justice League run afoul of the murderous monster Doomsday (interestingly enough, Justice League was written by Booster creator Dan Jurgens, but he did not seem to play favorites with his creation).

Booster uses up all of his suit’s power cells trying to stop Doomsday…


And then Doomsday destroys his suit…


Since the suit is from the future, no one is able to fix it. Booster basically just hangs around with the Justice League for awhile, answering the phones and picking up everyone’s laundry while he waits for his best friend, Blue Beetle, to come out of a coma. You see, Blue Beetle also had some trouble with Doomsday…


It is a shame that Beetle was killed by a bullet to the head. It would have been interesting to see if he suffered from chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE).

Anyhow, Beetle eventually comes out of the coma and he then creates a series of progressively advanced suits of armor for Booster (writer Dan Vado had taken over from Dan Jurgens on Justice League). Here is the first…


So Booster used these armors for a time until the League fought against a powerful bad guy named the Overmaster. Booster knew from history books that he (Booster) led the League in a victory over the Overmaster, so he was pumped (this was the first time the idea that Booster knew of certain events in history – seemed like a bit of an odd idea). However, Zero Hour had made time unreliable, and instead of leading the league in a victory, Booster got his ass kicked, his arm cut off and basically left for dead.

He underwent surgery, but things did not look good…


And Booster ultimately flatlines….


Oddly enough, though, the Overmaster had actually temporarily ended all birth and death on Earth, so Booster was stuck in a sort of zombie-like state. He decides, what the hell, might as well go out fighting…


When the League defeated the Overmaster and returned life and death to the world, things didn’t look good for Booster, but Beetle had a plan…


The pair then joined a new group, Extreme Justice (in a new title still written by Dan Vado), with that being the setup. Booster needed his armor to live.

Eventually (after Dan Vado left the title and was eventually replaced by Robert Washington III), some bad guy named Monarch offered Booster a chance to get futuristic “quantum” implants that would essentially restore his body to its natural state. Booster went for it.



Monarch eventually revealed that he could control Booster’s new body…


However, somehow, Booster was fighting the Monarch’s control of his body. How as he doing that? Prepare yourself for a bizarre revelation! This 1996 comic decided to use the 1988 crossover Millenium to explain how Booster’s body could fight the implants!



Now that Booster’s body was back to normal, Beetle revealed his new suit of armor, complete with an uploaded Skeets to help run the armor for Booster!



At the time, this seemed like a fine job by Robert Washington III to get Booster as close to back to basics as you could get.

Booster’s creator, though, had other ideas. Roughly a year later, Jurgens had Booster guest-star in Superman soon after Superman had developed new energy powers. At the end of the previous issue, Superman had seemingly evaporated. Booster showed up to save the day, but at a high cost to himself…





Since this is now the second time that Booster had lost a suit while aiding Superman, Superman agreed to have his friend Professor Hamilton use some of the left over material from Superman’s new energy containment suit to give Booster a new outfit.


Conveniently enough, the outfit’s design was based on Jurgens’ rejected design for Superman’s new energy suit.


So Booster was now BASICALLY back to square one for the next six years until Formerly Known as the Justice League came out in 2003 and revealed that at some point off-panel, Booster had re-designed his new costume to look just like his old costume…


And now Booster was officially right back where he started pre-Death of Superman.

If you have a suggestion for a plotline/character change that was reversed by later writers, drop me a line at bcronin@comicbookresources.com