Fans of the Blue and the Gold, get ready to rejoice: Newsarama reports that Booster Gold and Blue Beetle are set to appear in "Justice League 3000" #12 -- and according to series co-writer Keith Giffen, the duo that show up are none other than a pre-New 52 Ted Kord and Michael Jon Carter, which should drop some major hints as to which universe "Justice League 3000" is set.
"It's Beetle and Booster. This is them," Giffen told Newsarama. "Basically, a cryogenic chamber is found on Takron-Galtos while they're excavating, and inside are Beetle and Booster. It's Ted and Michael. It's really, really them. It's not clones. It's not the parasite thing. It's not a trick. It's not an imaginary story."
Giffen and J.M. DeMatteis, along with artist Kevin Maguire -- who was originally slated to illustrate "JL3K" -- brought Booster Gold and Blue Beetle onto the team during their critically acclaimed "Justice League International" run, which was characterized by its more lighthearted -- or "bwa-ha-ha" -- tone. The team was reimagined during the New 52 reboot in 2011 with an all-new "Justice League International" series by Dan Jurgens and Aaron Lopresti.
While Giffen's comments about "Justice League 3000" do indicate the characters and the series take place in an alternate universe from the NEw 52, it's probably not the one in which DC's pre-New 52 adventures took place in. The writer wrapped his interview by pointing out that this version of Ted Kord did not get shot in the head by Max Lord in "Infinite Crisis," despite the event taking place during the post-Crisis era.
"The last time we saw Beetle and Booster, we ended with, 'and they lived Bwa-ha-happily ever after.' This is basically -- look, if you want to call it a certain universe, then think of it this way: If we did another Justice League series like 'I Can't Believe It's Not the Justice League' or 'Formerly Known as the Justice League,' this is the third one. No tricks here. This is J.M. DeMatteis' and my version of Blue Beetle and Booster Gold."
"Justice League 3000" #12 by Giffen, DeMatteis and artist Howard Porter hits stores in December.