- "This wasn't in the records! This wasn't supposed to happen! Save him!"
Editor: Stephen Wacker
Assistant Editors: Jann Jones and Harvey Richards
Writers: Geoff Johns, Grant Morrison, Greg Rucka, and Mark Waid
Cover Artists: J.G. Jones and Alex Sinclair
Breakdowns: Keith Giffen
Penciller: Shawn Moll
Inker: Tom Nguyen
Colorist: Alex Sinclair
Letterer: Jared K. Fletcher
Cast of Characters: Booster Gold, Skeets, Renee Montoya, Question, Clark Kent, Supernova.
First Appearances: No first appearances
Final Appearances: Booster Gold
Booster Gold receives a letter from Ferris Aircraft terminating his sponsorship contract.
Hoping to reclaim his heroic status, Booster quizzes Skeets on incidents in the historical record occurring that day. One catches Booster's attention: a submarine crash will occur in the middle of the city. Sure enough, a massive water creature has carried a submarine down the streets of Metropolis.
In a prison in Kahndaq, guards arrive at Renee Montoya's cell and take her away to be beaten, hoping she might confess to the murders of five men actually killed by Intergang. As she is taken past the Question's cell, she is distraught to see that he is missing. He is merely hiding however, and creates a distraction that allows Montoya to take out the guards and set them free.
Back in Metropolis, Clark Kent has a fellow reporter do some quick research to learn that the sea monster is known as a ballostro. Booster is on the scene, failing at fighting the monster. He makes several key mistakes, including stealing a car, which he hurtles at the beast with no effect, and tearing a power cord from a nearby train line, resulting in a massive blackout across the city. Supernova arrives on the scene and teleports the monster away. Aggravated by the heckling of bystanders and jealous of Supernova, Booster throws himself at the mysterious hero and begins brawling. Skeets brings to their attention that the the nuclear submarine's engines had been damaged and that there was a high possiblity of it exploding. Booster, in a desparate attempt to prove himself, extends his forcefield around the vessel and lifts it high into the sky, allowing the explosion to occur out of harm's way. Booster, however, does not survive the blast.
- This issue includes "The Origin of Steel", written by Mark Waid, with art by Jon Bogdanove, colors by Alex Sinclair, and letters by Nick J. Napolitano
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