Booster Gold 42-47

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Booster Gold (Volume 2) #42
Written by Keith Giffen and J.M. Dematteis
Art by Christ Batista

Booster Gold tells the story to his sister about his time in 25th century prison where he is cellmates with a man who is constantly fluctuating between time periods – the man is revealed to be a future version of Booster himself with “Chronal leprosy” which is actually really gross as drawn by Batista. Interesting issue. I enjoyed it I suppose.

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Booster Gold (Volume 2) #43
Written by Keith Giffen and J.M. Dematteis
Art by Christ Batista

Booster finds himself running into the Legion of Super-Heroes in the 31st century which makes this a fun issue as Brainiac 5 works to cure Booster’ chronal leprosy. This was a fun issue. Giffen and Dematteis write some great dialogue between the legionaries and you can tell Batista had fun drawing them.  I wonder if the dangling plot points will ever get solved as I believe the next issue begins a flashpoint crossover.

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Booster Gold (Volume 2) #44
Written by Dan Jurgens
Art by Jurgens

I was excited to read this issue despite it being a Flashpoint crossover (a mini-series I have never read and have no interest in reading considering it lead to the disgusting New 52) because I remember Dan Jurgens’s run on this book rather fondly. Jurgens’s art is as beautiful as always and he writes very well but damn I don’t really care about Flashpoint and could not get excited reading this issue. That being said, I love the shout outs to continuity about Coast City. Jurgens knows his continuity.

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Booster Gold (Volume 2) #45
Written by Dan Jurgens
Art by Jurgens

The Flashpoint crossover continues here as we learn the girl Booster saved has powers. Who is she suppose to be? I am not sure. I do not recognize her name. This was another good issue by Jurgens – as the man can draw and write like a champ. But I still find it hard to care because I hate flashpoint. Albeit, I am intrigued by the mystery girl.

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Booster Gold (Volume 2) #46
Written by Dan Jurgens
Art by Jurgens and Ig Guara

This was a very forgettable issue. I am sad this is the penultimate issue because this series is usually great under Jurgens but this flashpoint crossover is uninteresting. I really don’t care about seeing Booster Gold fight Doomsday again.

 

 

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Booster Gold (Volume 2) #47
Written by Dan Jurgens
Art by Rick Leonardi and Jurgens

First of all, Booster calls the Flash Barry in this issue. Why would Booster Gold call him by his first name like they are friends? His character knew Wally West as Flash for his entire career. Ugh. It’s bad enough Barry Allen had to take up most of the cover on the last issue of Booster’s series. Jurgens only drew the last few pages and Leonardi is okay but he is no Jurgens. This just seemed last filler when it should have been a series finale. Disappointed.

Booster Gold 40 and 41

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Booster Gold (Volume 2) #40
Written by Keith Giffen and J.M. Demateis
Art by Pat Olliffe

 

This was an okay issue setting up the threat, recapping Booster’s life, and a surprise ending. I am sure Rip has his reasons for this.

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Booster Gold (Volume 2) #41
Written by Keith Giffen and J.M. Demateis
Art by Chris Batista

 

So were we supposed to recognize the guy at the end of this? And the idea that Booster would willingly turn himself in after all these years – or that Rip would think it was a good idea – is just absurd. Not impressed with this issue.

Booster Gold 38 and 39

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Booster Gold (Volume 2) #38
Written by Keith Giffen and J.M. Demateis
Art by Chris Batista

 

This was a fun story where Rani goes back in time to tell Maxwell Lord’s  mother on him! Hilarious and adorable and goofy old General Glory is in it too! I cracked up everytime his sidekick showed up. One thing that annoyed me is how could General Glory be in Europe when all metahumans couldn’t go to Europe during WW2 cause of hitler and his sphere of destiny?!! Come on Giffen and Demateis do your research!

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Booster Gold (Volume 2) #39
Written by Keith Giffen and J.M. Demateis
Art by Chris Batista

This would have been a good issue where Booster Gold finally puts Ted Kord’s death behind him – if it hadn’t been done seven thousand times before! Ugh!

Poor Skeets Was Locked In A Box

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Booster Gold (Volume 2) #34
Written by Keith Giffen and J.M. Demateis
Art by Chris Batista and Giffen

 

Goldstar returns just as Booster goes back-in-time and gets stuck in a little adventure with Ted searching for the stolen cliff-notes version of the book of destiny. It is a wacky plot featuring a villain called the Underachiever and it was a fun read. I feel like the balance between comedy and seriousness is still there even though it almost went over to the side of pure comedy here. I love the character of Rani and I hope the little girl will become a permanent fixture…will she become the new Goldstar? She is a little young for that right? Haha the funniest joke had to be Skeets explaining that he was never around in the JLI years because Booster had him locked in a box behind his pornos hahaha.

End Of An Era

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Booster Gold (Volume 2) #31
Written by Dan Jurgens
Art by Jurgens

 

Jurgens’s run comes to end with this issue and it was a nice little conclusion as Booster fixes a mistake he made that resulted in a dog’s death (which I was glad to see fixed because puppy deaths are always really sad) and Goldstar forgives Booster. Apparently there is going to be a Time Masters series starring Rip? That came out of no where and was unexpected hmmm. Next issue Giffen takes over and I am worried because Skeets is one of my favorite parts of this book and he never uses Skeets when he writes Booster. Anyways, Jurgens will be missed he had a fantastic run as a writer of this book and he is definitely one of the best artists of all time.

Old Booster

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Booster Gold (Volume 2) #30
Written by Dan Jurgens
Art by Jurgens and Jerry Ordway

 

This storyline comes to an end as Coast City is destroyed. I understand how hard of a choice it had to be for Booster and he really wouldn’t be the hero he is if he didn’t at least try to save the city so I was glad that he involuntarily left Coast City. It was also cool to see older Booster – aware that Rip was his son – and secretly helping out. I didn’t even think of that! Good issue!

Seven Million Lives

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Booster Gold (Volume 2) #29
Written by Dan Jurgens
Art by Jurgens
Co-Feature by Matthew Sturges
Art by Mike Norton

 

Booster arrives in Coast City at the hour of its death in this very suspenseful issue. You can just feel the tock clicking for the fictional city’s seven million inhabitants as you read this issue. The debate Booster has with the government agent from the future is a valid one and makes you think. Could Rip Hunter be right? Could seven million people need to die so history is not altered? I do not know but it’s interesting to ponder about such a question. Great stuff. The Blue Beetle back-up was a rushed finale.to the feature. It made me sad, why exactly is Blue Beetle not going to be in this title anymore again? Shouldn’t they wait to see how a trade paperback does before booting Jaime from the book? Oh well.