Bat-Mite

Volume 1, Issue 4
Cover Date: November 2015
Release Date: September 2, 2015

Cover Price: $2.99

Estimated Issue Sales: 13,040

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Bat-Mite, Vol. 1, #4. Image © DC Comics

 

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SPOILER WARNING:
The following page may contain story spoilers. Read at your own risk.

ARTISTS

Writer: Dan Jurgens
Penciller: Corin Howell
Inker: Corin Howell
Colorist: Mike Atiyeh
Letterer: Tom Napolitano
Editor: Jim Chadwick
Cover Artists: Mike Atiyeh, Corin Howell

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CHARACTERS & SETTINGS

Heroes: Bat-Mite, Booster Gold
Villain: Gridlock
Supporting: Skeets III, Weed

Setting: 21st-century Gotham City, DCU, USA

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ISSUE SUMMARY

Cover Description: Booster Gold, Skeets, and Bat-Mite are stalked by Gridlock.

Brief Synopsis: Booster Gold enlists the help of Bat-Mite to fight a villain who can manipulate time.

Booster Gold's role in this story:
Featured (Booster Gold plays a prominent role)

Costume Worn: MARK XIII power-suit

This story has been reprinted in the following:
Bat-Mite (2016)

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ISSUE ANNOTATIONS

Page 6, panel 1
Booster Gold and Skeets have arrived at the apartment of Reagan Bennington and Dylan "Weed" Weeden in search of their housemate, Bat-Mite. Booster makes several joking references to the cartoon Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? because Weed looks like Shaggy. (Thanks, Booster. Now when I read Weed's dialogue balloons, I hear Casey Kasem's voice.)

Page 6, panel 4
PRODUCT PLACEMENT: Bat-Mite teleports Booster from the room, depriving the reader of seeing Booster appear on panel with his latest endorsed product, Booster Puffs Cereal.

Page 8, panel 1
BUSTER GOLD: Bat-Mite calls Booster "Buster." Writer Dan Jurgens re-introduces this classic gag to readers of the New 52.

Page 8, panel 5
PRODUCT PLACEMENT: Bat-Mite reveals a previously unknown Booster Gold endorsement, Hero Britches adult diapers. Their slogan? "We've got your backside!"

Page 9, panel 5
Bat-Mite makes fun of Booster Gold's name. Given that this issue is written by Dan Jugens, the man who created and named Booster Gold, Jurgens is probably poking a little fun at himself here.

Page 10, panel 2
HIS STORY: Booster has been awfully quick to reveal his history and his "real" mission as time cop to Bat-Mite. Likewise, Skeets can't help repeating that Booster's powers were stolen. They're both playing fast and loose with Bat-Mite, who isn't known to be the most stable personality. Still, a little origin recap is always a good thing for new readers. At least Booster is still a time-cop in the post-Convergence DCnU.

Page 10, panel 6
Bat-Mite calls Skeets "Jiminy" in a reference to Jiminy Cricket, the sidekick to Walt Disney's Pinocchio. Like Jiminy Cricket, Skeets is usually the voice of Booster's conscience.

Page 11, panel 1
FASHION ALERT: Thanks to Bat-Mite's reality-bending powers, Booster Gold's costume has received a makeover to appear more "Batmanish." The costume is now nearly all black with spiked shoulders and spiked gold gauntlets. Booster's star has been replaced with a skull. It's worth noting that throughout this issue, Skeet's fins have been drawn upwards, like the ears on Batman's cowl.

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Page 11, panel 4
While trying to determine a new name for Booster to match his new look, Skeets considers "Gold Monger" (a reference to the James Bond villain in Goldfinger), "Gold Lantern" (a reference to the Justice League Unlimited episode "Greatest Story Never Told"), and "The Man with the Golden Arm" (a 1955 Frank Sinatra movie about heroin addiction). Eventually, Bat-Mite settles on "Black Gold," which really isn't too bad.

Page 13, panel 2
Inside Gridlock's lair, Booster appears find comic books featuring Captain Carrot on the cover. (Captain Carrot and His Amazing Zoo Crew was first published by DC Comics in 1982.) However, Booster says they are "mint-in-box," which is clearly a reference to toys.

Page 14, panel 4
Gridlock's motivation is to stop time and preserve culture where he liked it best. Jurgens now appears to be poking some fun at comic book fan-boys who rail against change. I've never been a villain in a DC Comics book before. Frankly, I'm flattered.

Page 15, panel 5
POWER DOWN: When Bat-Mite redesigned Booster's costume, he took away Booster's forcefield. Oops.

Page 18, panel 5
SPOILER WARNING!: Reveal

Page 19, panel 5
BORROWING THE CAR: Booster goes back in time an hour to rescue a photo album that Bat-Mite would destroy. Since we have already seen the destroyed photo album, that must mean that at some point in the future, the album must be returned to its place in the past so that it can be destroyed and the timeline can be restored to it's proper order. (Whew, not only is Booster playing fast and loose with his origin in this issue, he's also not very good at his job!)

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ISSUE REVIEW

Boosterrific Review: This issue includes a meta-textural discussion about the dangers of unchecked nostalgia, a perfect subject for a time-traveling hero like Booster Gold. The only think keeping this adventure from perfection is the art of Corin Howell. Though Howell's usual loose, cartoonish style is usually a fine choice for the silly antics of Bat-Mite, in the context of ridiculing "grim 'n' gritty" and other comics tropes, it would help if the issue's art gave us more detail.

Boosterrific Rating:

Worth Its Weight In Gold.

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