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A Year of Cool Comic Book Moments – Day 31

Here is the latest cool comic book moment in our year-long look at one cool comic book moment a day (in no particular order whatsoever)! Here‘s the archive of the moments posted so far!

Today we mix things up a bit by picking a moment that is cool less for the moment itself but rather for something that happened years after the moment that suddenly made this moment a lot more humorous (and therefore, cool).


I really dug Keith Giffen and J.M. DeMatteis’ Justice League comics. They had a nice string of artists on the book, too, starting with Kevin Maguire, followed by Ty Templeton, followed by Adam Hughes. Holy crap on a stick, that’s a nice trio of artists! Even if Adam Hughes absolutely hated doing work on a deadline like that, he still did some good work (although probably not the work he wanted to do).

In any event, in one of the odder story arcs in the series, Blue Beetle and Booster Gold team-up for a money-making scheme that involves opening a Justice League-themed resort on the island of Kooey Kooey Kooey.

Clearly, this enrages the Justice League’s chief executive, Maxwell Lord, who comes to the island to punish Beetle and Booster (whose casino has gone under due to the card-counting of dim-witted yet card-counting savant, Big Sir).

The two talk about what Max will do to them….

That’s one of the cool things about serial stories, you go on long enough, anything can suddenly becoming ironic/prophetic!!

So while it is an offbeat choice for this list, I like it enough to go with it!

EDITED TO ADD: Oh man…wait a sec, I just realized that not everyone will get the gag! My apologies! The gag is that years later, Maxwell Lord (now evil) actually DOES shoot Blue Beetle in the head, killing him.


…That’s not cool, nor funny.

i have to agree for that line is creepy and a little prophetic. almost now as if booster was getting a hint that ted was not going to be around much longer

I disagree.

It’s both cool AND funny.

It’s April 1st already?

Awesome. I remember reading that issue about a year ago and getting a kick out of that panel, so I’d sure call it a cool comic book moment. Like you say, it’s the sort of cool/hilarious moment in retrospect that’s almost exclusive to comics, and maybe soap operas.

As a growing young man, I remember being rather fond of Hughes’ cover for this issue, mostly due to Fire’s portrayal. Of course, this series and Fire helped Hughes exercise his penchant for cheesecake/pin up drawing.

And I always loved the fact that a major comic company was able to take one of their flagship titles and partially steer it into comedic territory. It has to be the most mainstream superhero comedy ever put out. Though they did manage to include enough of the typical action and adventure to make sure everyone had fun. Interesting that in an era where Marvel’s X-Men managed to merge superheroes and soap operas, DC combined them and sitcoms.

I would have to say that the moment is cool for a different reason than actually being cool. It’s cool to point out, but the fact that Lord actually did end up shooting BB in the head is just…genuinely,..depressing.

Here in Argentina, a whole generation of comic book readers (me included) were introduced into the joy of sequential art by this awesome run by Giffen-DeMatteis. We are called the Perfil Generation, after the name of the publisher, who also published Byrne’s Superman, Baron’s Flash and Grant’s Batman, among others.
This Justice League by Keith and Jean Marc is of my favorite runs ever, and I hope more Cool Comic Book Moments from it will appear during this year. Please Brian!!!

Not cool.

Morbidly fascinating, right up there with Starlin picking up Miller’s “…after what happened to Jason…”

But I’d have to side with the “not cool” vote. It’s a fine, arbitrary line, but I’m on that side of it.

Y’know, looking back at anything from the Giffen/Dematteis run just depresses me these days. It really makes me wanna say “Things were different whn we were growing up…….”

What’s cool about that issue is the cameo by Jennifer Mays and Gabe Webb. I miss little stuff like that.

It just shows to prove two things: DC has worsened since then and Maxwell Lord was portrayed completely out of character by Johns. Which is not surprising at all, given his historical rage against Giffen’s creations.

Always reminds me of the SNL sketch years back when Superman died. They were at his funeral when Lois says “Hey, where is Clark? You think he’d be here.”

I’m in the Not Cool group. If only because, oh man, did I hate what Johns did there. I never even liked Blue Beetle, but that just sucked.

Doug M.

I dig the moment. It’s amazing how something that was initially meant to be funny could become so prescient.

But, I have to say, Ted’s death was handled much better in the Batman: The Brave & The Bold cartoon. It was a noble sacrifice, not a cheap bit of gratuitous violence.

Come on, how could this be “not cool”? It obviously was an unintentional reference to a tragic/heroic end to a character that had become almost exclusively known as comedic relief.

Sometimes, there are touchstones within the DC Universe where people forget the *meaning* of the moment. Blue Beetle went out with a huge heroic storyline, setting events into motion that would lead to the heroes shutting down Max Lord and the OMACs. His sacrifice isn’t pointless or sensationalist; it’s a defining moment for the character. One of my favorite fantasy games has a good quote for this: “the truest test of courage is the final one.”

Besides, Captain America went out like a punk too, and you don’t see people complaining about Steve Rogers being ruined.

I’m in with the cool crowd. Its sad… But who said cool had to be happy? If this had happened in a flashback… Then that would be uncool. But it happened before the fact. I vote cool.

Kooey Kooey Kooey was humourous & cool–what about Herb?

Anyway–killing Ted was not funny or cool, but there is a chilling reference there now.

Hard to believe that four of the guys on that cover are on the “technically dead” list.

This was one of the funniest arcs of the Hughes era, even though Beetle was really acting like a selfish moron in these issues. I can’t blame Max for being mad at the boys though, and he did “punish” them in a way at the end of the story.

JLI pulled the franchise out of the crapper after the Detroit debacle. DC ought to remember that and stop trying to erase this period of League history just to appease their star writer.

I’m creeped out…

Just goes to show how much Geoff Johns has taken from other writers and expanded upon…

First the Alan Moore Blackest Night thing from a few Cool Moments ago, now this.

“Hmm, let’s twist this a bit, Blue Beetle gets shot, rather than Booster…”

Say, whatever happened to Big Sur?

Citizen Scribbler

February 2, 2009 at 10:50 am

Blackjak- I believe, the last I had heard, Big Sir had been killed (along with several other JLAnt alumnists) while on a Suicide Squad mission. Another waste of a fun character…

-Citizen Scribbler

Dang… :-(

I don’t get the love for Blue Beetle. No, sir. Don’t get it., Any of you buy his solo title, back in the day? No? S’why it got cancelled.

How about the new Blue Beetle? That’s cancelled too? Jeez, you comic fans are a fickle, superstitious and cowardly lot, aren’t you?

Ted getting killed was one thing, but Max being evil all along and keeping the JLI ineffective bugged me far more. That made no sense with the previous stories and could have easily been changed to something like “That was then. Now I see OMAC is the only way!” and nothing would have been lost. It also seemed like a bit of a waste to make Max in to a top tier villain only to kill him off soon after.

When Ted had his solo title at DC cancelled, I was 7. You can hardly blame me for not reading his title then.

I dunno, I can appreciate in the abstract that Ted’s death has been made into some kind of noble moral victory on a par with Barry Allen, but as someone who identified with the character on a more personal level- I wanted things to go better for him, and I still kinda do.

As for Max, the problem with the direction they took him is, what made him interesting in JLI was that he was an ambiguous character. You never knew quite what he was up to and whether he was acting as the responsible leader or the self-serving scumbag. The other characters didn’t know where they stood. By making him into a supervillain they removed that.

It would have been more ironic if Max ended up shooting Booster since they are talking about Max shooting him and not Blue Beetle.

Cool and funny? More like sad and pathetic.

Ah who cares. Yeah the change to Max’s personality is incosistent, but The OMAC Project was a cracking story which led to Checkmate which was also good. And any time I want to go back and enjoy my JLI run I can. All is good!

More than anything else though, that panel shows what an excellent artist Adam Hughes is. From the anatomy to the body language to the fluid line-work. That panel is damn near perfection!

The way to enjoy moments like that is in isolation.

Like with the DKR Jason moment. It is what it is.

The fact that modern (well, later) writers use it for stories that may well not be as good as the stories they are taking…inspiration from is beside the point.

Loved the giffen/deMatteis run on JLI.
A class of its own.
Followed it religiously. Will still be buying the trades for my coming son.

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