Saturday, October 20, 2012

Boo.

"Boo." from Booster Gold vol.2 #9 (DC, 2008) by Geoff Johns, Jeff Katz, Dan Jurgens and Norm Rapmund
A great badass (JLI) moment for Booster Gold in his most recent series, which turned the fact he was something of a joke to its advantage by making him "the greatest hero you've never heard of". Great tagline. Linking him to another favorite, Rip Hunter Time Master, was also a stroke of genius. For a couple years there, Booster was going back in time to DC's hot spots both to protect history and revisit cool old events (like DC One Million, to name one example), all under the cover of being a selfish screw-up so that no evil time traveler would know to try to bump him off as a baby. Rip's blackboard, full of teases for various upcoming stories all across the DCU, was a really cool feature, and great marketing too. So it's a great shame that the series was never allowed to run its course, and that apparently, Booster failed in his mission to protect continuity when Flashpoint happened. Especially given that the revelations about the link between Rip and Booster weren't explored fully or given closure.

Or is it not too late? The New52's JLI ended on a story featuring a time traveling Booster from the future, working with Rip Hunter, so... Could this be a way back into DC's former history? Is there a Booster Gold, out there, fighting to put back what has now gone wrong? Perhaps futilely? Or are they thinking of doing a New52 Booster Gold book with a similar set-up? With a history-less DCU, it's kind of hard to do that justice, though it could be used to fill in some gaps. What did YOU make of the JLI finale?

2 comments:

  1. Frankly, I was thrilled to pieces to read that Rip actually existed, and Booster was time-diving again. That means, that along with Pandora, presumably, eventually, when the writers get bored with their little Elseworlds extravaganza, we will once again be able to get the REAL DC universe back...and all that lovely lovely continuity. Not to mention characters.

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  2. Probably wishful thinking, but I'll wish-think it along with you.

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