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.

Keep Jurgens

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Booster Gold (Volume 2) #28
Written by Dan Jurgens
Art by Jurgens
Co-Feature by Matthew Sturges
Art by Mike Norton

I was sad to hear that Jurgens was leaving this title. Can’t we at least keep him on the art DC? He is the perfect Booster Gold creator! (He is also THE creator of Booster) His run may not have been a huge sales success but it has been darn good and this issue is no exception. I like the idea of Goldstar going back in time to Coast City (although I think she remembered that the City was going to be destroyed a little too quickly) and it was fun to see Booster in the Death of Superman era. The Blue Beetle back-up kind’ve annoyed me. Didn’t we get past the scarab turning Jaime evil thing in John Rogers’s excellent run….and since when is the scarab from Bialya and not Egypt. Sturges seems to be running out of ideas here.

Honoring The Dead

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Booster Gold (Volume 2) #27
Written by Dan Jurgens
Art by Jurgens and Mike Norton

While this issue was not as powerful on an emotional level as last issue was, it was still a great issue and a great way to honor Ted Kord. I am not sure if I liked the way Jurgens characterized Jaime Reyes here, he seemed a little more in experienced that he has been shown to be of late, but it wasn’t too bad. Next issue I am excited to get back to the main story as it looks like Booster will be going to save his sister from Coast City’s destruction by Cyborg Superman in the past. That should be good. That’s all I really have to say about this issue.

Jurgens The Underrated

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Booster Gold (Volume 2) #26
Written by Dan Jurgens
Art by Jurgens and Mike Norton

Jurgens is by far one of if not the best artists DC has, why doesn’t he get any appreciation for it?! He is also just as good of a writer. You don’t have to have read anything with Booster Gold before and you would completely understand and enjoy this issue. If you know Booster’s history, you will enjoy it more but that means it is a good use of continuity. I loved every page of this issue. Pick this up if you are a fan or just someone getting into DC through Blackest Night.

Goldstar: Lost In Time

Booster Gold (Volume 2) #19
Written by Dan Jurgens
Art by Jurgens

This little epilogue was really good and I quite enjoyed the dialogue between Booster and his past self, it was a lot less confusing and annoyign then last issue. Goldstar has gone kinda crazy and left to some unknown place in time. At first I thought she was crazy, then I realized what she must be going through: knowing she has to die. It’s no wonder she acts like she does in this issue. I like the return of Rip Hunter’s chalkboard. That is always a cool trick.I do hope Jurgen’s next arc is better then this one has been. It was good, it just hasn’t reached the excitement that was Johns and Katz’s run.

Time Travel Is Confusing

Booster Gold (Volume 2) #18
Written by Dan Jurgens
Art by Jurgens

While I enjoyed this issue, especially Jurgen’s wonderful art, all of the time travel made this a confusing mess. I usually understand Time Travel stories but Booster meeting Booster kind of threw me off. Why doesn’t Booster remember meeting himself? What was the pharoah doing with the scarab exactly? I don’t know, all I know is I still enjoyed this issue even though I was mega confused. Rex Hunter came back only to be defeated again. I like that he is quickly becoming the arch-villain of Booster Gold and Rip Hunter. Goldstar knows she is supposed to die and one has to wonder why Rip broke his code to keep her alive. Could there be more to it then appeasing Booster?

More Booster Fun

Booster Gold (Volume 2) #17
Written by Dan Jurgens
Art by Jurgens

The main story continues to focus on the Egyptian knife. This time Booster goes back into time to issue number 4 of this series and runs into his self then. He fights Chronos and the mystery villain and gets Barry to go to his lab just in time to get hit by the lightning (I am not sure how I feel about this, not Booster is an intricate part of Flash’s origin). It was a lot of fun and up to par for this series so far. The back up ‘Origins and Omens’ story was a lot of fun. We get a recap of Booster’s life and origin as well as the omen part, it looks like Booster will be traveling back to the Marv Wolfman Teen Titans era! That should be awesome. I am really enjoying these origin and omen back ups.

Jurgens Hits His Stride

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Booster Gold (Volume 2) #16
Written by Dan Jurgens
Art by Jurgens

Despite the rather boring cover, this was a really good issue. I feel like Jurgens is really hitting his stride with this issue. Getting back to the time traveling fun that makes this series great. While it was cute to see Booster meet Elongated Man in the past last issue, this was a lot better. Booster is trapped in a WW1 battle where he comes upon Enemy Ace; a character I am not familiar with at all but I am intrigued. It’s always good to see a German represtented as a human being in a comic and not a monster. Not saying that the Germans were right in the World Wars (Far from it actually) but not all of their soldiers had to agree with their government. It’s just nice to see the other side of things. I am not sure who the Pink Guy is in the end attacking Goldstar and Skeets. Oh and why isn’t Jurgens doing more art for DC. I’d love to see him on JLA.

Golda Lisa

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Booster Gold (Volume 2) #15
Written by Dan Jurgens
Art by Jurgens

Dan Jurgens begins his run  on the character he created back in the day and so far, so good. I liked this issue. There were some thing that kind’ve annoyed me. Why are Booster and Goldstar being so sloppy about time travel? I mean haven’t they experienced enough to know that they can’t be just doing stupid things like posing for Da Vinci? I know Booster is not the smartest guy in the world but come on. And why does Booster tell Ralph so much information about his future with the Justice League? And why doesn’t Ralph recognize him later after this? I was expecting some kind of memory wipe but we get no such thing this issue. Maybe next issue? That being said, like I said I did enjoy this issue. It didn’t blow me away, but it is a good start to Jurgen’s run.

The Time-Traveling Starfish

Booster Gold (Volume 2) #13
Written by Rick Remender
Art by Pat Olliffe

Rick Remender begins his fill-in run here and I liked it. I mean we don’t really need anymore Starro takes over the world stories but at least it is a little fresh because of it involving Booster Gold and time travel. I also liked how Remender used elements from All-New Atom and his run in that series such as Lady Chronos. It seems that Booster may find out Rip is his son next issue. I really hope this isn’t the case as I think that should have been kept a secret a bit longer then a few issues. The art was decent. And it was fun to see Booster and Goldstar arrive during the time Superman was fighting Zod. Nice use of continuity there.

Booster Gold 2 – 12

Booster Gold (Volume 2) #2
Written by Geoff Johns and Jeff Katz
Art by Dan Jurgens

The second issue of this amazing series is just as good as the first. We see Booster Gold preventing Sinestro from meeting Guy Gardner way before he should and therefore cleaning up some other holes in the timeline. I love the interconnectedness of seemingly unrelated events in this series….it reminds me of the movie, Butterfly Effect, which I enjoyed a lot. One thing that confused me is they showed Dan Garett getting the scarab and becoming Blue Beetle in 1939 when I am pretty sure he is considered to debut in the Silver Age. Continuity error or mistake by me?

Booster Gold (Volume 2) #3
Written by Geoff Johns and Jeff Katz

Art by Dan Jurgens

Haha seeing Booster Gold drunk is worth the price tag alone. Westerns don’t interest me in the least bit, so I really didn’t care for this issue as much the last two but it was still good.

Booster Gold (Volume 2) #4
Written by Geoff Johns and Jeff Katz

Art by Dan Jurgens

Supernova is reavealed to be Booster’s Dad this issue – I do not know much about his Dad, but he sure is an asshole. I am excited for the next issue, but I know there is no way that they are going to save Barbara Gordon the fate of being paralyzed.

Booster Gold (Volume 2) #5
Written by Geoff Johns and Jeff Katz

Art by Dan Jurgens

This was a particular powerful issue dealing with the rules of Time Travel. So apparently Rip sent Booster back to save Barbara because he wanted to teach him a lesson. No matter how hard Booster tries Barbara Gordon will always be shot and paralyzed by the Joker. I like that because it is definitely one of those pivotal DCU moments that should never be undone.

Booster Gold (Volume 2) #6
Written by Geoff Johns and Jeff Katz

Art by Dan Jurgens

Hmmm I don’t know if I like the idea of Ted Kord being a Time Cop with Booster but we will see. I doubt that Ted is sticking around for very long…something fishy is going on here. It was fun to relive Countdown to Infinite Crisis….probably one of the most exciting times to be a DC reader.

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Written by Geoff Johns and Jeff Katz

Art by Dan Jurgens

Crossing over with Zero Hour fourteen years after the crossover ended is just awesome and totally fits in with the time traveling aspect of this series. Granted, the crossover was brief, it was still pretty damn cool. I never read Zero Hour…maybe I should check it out sometime.

Booster Gold (Volume 2) #7
Written by Geoff Johns and Jeff Katz

Art by Dan Jurgens

I love how these stories are a real treat for long time DC fans yet are easily accessible by newbies (but unlike most bloggers, I could care less about accessibility….people should do their homework). Seeing Catherine Colbert and the London Embassy was really cool. I can’t wait for next issue.

Booster Gold (Volume 2) #8
Written by Geoff Johns and Jeff Katz
Art by Dan Jurgens

I had no idea that Pantha didn’t have an origin. I guess that this is Johns’s atonement for writing her death in Infinte Crisis. The Blue and the Gold together are a great combination. Can’t wait to see the JLI back too.

Booster Gold (Volume 2) #9
Written by Geoff Johns and Jeff Katz

Art by Dan Jurgens

Wow if Ted Kord hadn’t of died things would be really fucked up. I hope Booster is learning his lesson becaus

Booster Gold (Volume 2) #10
Written by Geoff Johns and Jeff Katz

Art by Dan Jurgens

So it was Mister Mind behind all of this – that is one crafty worm. Anyways, I am glad that Ted isn’t staying in the book….and he is making the right choice but it was very sad to see him say his last goodbyes to Booster. Oh and could the Black Beetle be Paco in the future?
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Written by Geoff Johns and Jeff Katz

Art by Dan Jurgens

What a perfect way to cap off Johns and Katz’s run on this title. Booster gets his sister back, Batman finally gives Booster some respect, and things are looking up for Booster Gold. Gotta love the last page of this issue. Johns and Katz’s did a great run on this book and I look forward to Jurgen’s run.

Booster Gold (Volume 2) #11
Written by Chuck Dixon
Art by Dan Jurgens

While some of the time travel stuff in this issue could give one a head ache, it was a nice follow up to the Johns-Katz run and continues what they started. There are some continuity blips such as I am sure Booster has been to the batcave before in Infinite Crisis, but that doesn’t really matter too much. It was kind of shocking to see Alfred just blatantly shoot someone though.

Booster Gold (Volume 2) #12
Written by Chuck Dixon

Art by Dan Jurgens

This issue kinda confused me. I may have to read it again. As always though, the art is amazing and the dialogue is fantastic. I don’t know how I feel about going back to this period in Batman’s career since well, it’s been done a lot. Elongated Man’s surprise appearance should be fun though.