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Cover Description: There are two covers to this issue. Both the standard cover by Dan Jurgens and Norm Rapmund and the 1:10 variant cover by Chris Spouse and Karl Story feature Rip Hunter in the foreground, Booster Gold, Green Lantern, and Superman flying in the middle ground, and the looming specter of Batman in the background.
Brief Synopsis: Booster Gold and son take a quick sightseeing trip to the past.
Costume Worn: Rip Hunter's Dad
Issue Notes: This mini-series loosely ties-into the "Search for Bruce Wayne" storyline.
Reprints: This mini-series has been collected in Time Masters: Vanishing Point.
Page 1, panel 1
FASHION ALERT: An old Booster Gold and young Rip Hunter steal a little father and son time together. Hunter wears a variation on his famous Silver Age jumpsuit, but Booster Gold wears an altogether unfamiliar ensemble combining the look of his late 1990s asymmetrical power-suit with a black leather jacket. The overall effect is strikingly similar to the longtime costume worn by Animal Man.
Page 1, panel 5
FASHION ALERT: Skeets arrives, having clearly spent too much time at an all-you-can-eat buffet.
Page 2, panel 1
Finally living up to the promise of many teaser panels from his own series, Booster Gold comes face-to-face with a Tyrannosaurus Rex. No doubt writer/artist Dan Jurgens is winking at fans who have long been promised but denied this exact moment.
For more annotations from this issue which occur at different points in Booster Gold's chronology, click here for Booster's past in the 15th century or click here for Booster's past at the end of time or click here for Supernova
Boosterrific Review: What is this series, exactly? The cover claims that the issue is about "the search for Batman," but readers will find that the book has more to do with Rip Hunter, Time Master. Certainly, there is a lot of exposition in this story, explaining many head-scratching elements of Batman: The Return of Bruce Wayne, but readers will soon discover that Batman, Superman, and Green Lantern appear as little more than set dressing to Hunter's story. Is this misdirection involving several of DC's biggest names necessary to sell this sort of series? Will readers accept this ruse?
Readers who can get past this facade will find a disjointed and confusing issue that frequently alludes to events previously seen in the pages of the second volume of Booster Gold. This issue teases more than it reveals about the secret life of the mysterious Hunter. Clearly writer Dan Jurgens is banking that readers who were brought in by the misdirection will stay for an action-heavy character piece. Characterization and melodrama are Jurgens' strengths, boding well for the future of this series off to a rocky start.
Boosterrific Rating: Gold Standard.
Average Fan Rating: (4 votes)
The Chronological Adventures of Booster Gold
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