- Booster Gold
Booster Gold: Futures End
Volume 1, Issue 1, November 2014
Released September 24, 2014
Cover Price: $3.99
Estimated Issue Sales: 57,579
Writer: Dan Jurgens
Pencillers: Brett Booth, Will Conrad, Ron Frenz, Dan Jurgens, Steve Lightle, Moritat
Inkers: Will Conrad, Scott Hanna, Mark Irwin, Steve Lightle, Moritat, Norm Rapmund
Colorist: John Kalisz
Letterer: Taylor Esposito
Assistant Editor: David Pina
Editors: Joey Cavalieri, Matt Idelson
Cover Artists: Hi-Fi Designs, Dan Jurgens, Norm Rapmund
Heroes: Blue Beetle III, Booster Gold, Godiva, OMAC IV, Superman, Wonder Woman
Supporting: Michelle Carter
Setting: Unknown Location, Unknown Era,
Cover Description: This lenticular cover features two images, replacing the New 52 Booster Gold with the Booster Gold in ARGUS armor attacked by Tufton and one of the Tiger-Men. DC Comics considers the lenticular "3D Motion Cover" to be the standard cover, and the plain cover (featuring only the second of the two lenticular images) to be the "2D Variant Cover."
Brief Synopsis: Booster Gold is lost in time. Or is it space?
Issue Summary: Reveal Potential Spoilers
Booster Gold's role in this story:
Featured (Booster Gold plays a prominent role)
Costume Worn: MARK XIII power-suit
Issue Notes: The non-lenticular cover for this issue has a cover price of $2.99.
Story Notes: This one-shot issue is branded as a tie-in to the Futures End maxi-series, although there is very little connecting it to that story.
This story has been reprinted in:
The New 52: Five Years Later Omnibus (2014)
Page 5, panel 4
Booster Gold appears to be the captive of a mysterious interrogator willing to torture our hero for information on "the last line of defense." Booster, comparing his captor to the evil cyborg Darth Vader of the Star Wars movies, resists the interrogation by reciting a McDonald's commercial jingle from the 1980s promoting the company's Big Mac hamburgers.
Page 6, panel 1
A flashback revisits the events of 2012's Justice League International Annual #1, when Booster Gold meets his double wearing ARGUS armor after defeating the rampaging OMAC who disabled Blue Beetle and Godiva. Together, they witness the kiss between Superman and Wonder Woman. The dialogue in this panel is identical to that seen in the previous issue...
Page 7, panel 2
... but suddenly the script changes. In the annual, the alternate Booster references Rip Hunter and Steve Trevor before disappearing with a final line about misplaced trust. ("It's not my fault this time. I shouldn't have trusted him!") In this issue, ARGUS Booster seems confused and distracted, disappearing with the line "someone is taking control." Is this the same event? Has history been changed? Or is this retroactive continuity by the issue writers to bring a 2-year-old story in-line with current DC events? (In both cases, Booster Gold disappears with the line "No! Give me one more chance.")
Page 17, panel 4
A PAIR OF DOCS?: In the present in his interrogation cell, Booster Gold is again confronted with his doppelganger in ARGUS wear. This time, the alternate Booster is accompanied by Booster's twin Michelle Carter wearing the Goldstar armor as last seen in the pre-Flashpoint Booster Gold volume 2. Booster thought Michelle was dead, indicating that either Booster has forgotten the pre-Flashpoint universe, or this isn't the same Booster Gold as seen in Booster Gold volume 2.
Page 17, panel 6
SPOILER WARNING!: Reveal
Page 18, panel 5
SPOILER WARNING!: Reveal
Page 19, panel 4
SPOILER WARNING!: Reveal
Boosterrific Review: I like what this issue promises more than I like what it is. The story and art are disjointed and present far too many new questions for a character who has had far too few old questions answered in recent years.
Boosterrific Rating: Gold Standard.
Average Fan Rating: (2 votes)
Correction - Superman and Wonder Woman never showed up in this issue.
[BOOSTERRIFIC: Yes they do. Both Boosters see them on the monitor following the fight with OMAC.]
For a story that gave the impression (it's called a one-shot, ya?) of being fairly self contained, I really didn't follow much of the story. I was just as confused as both Boosters were. When I got to the end, my first thought was...where's the ending? It almost felt like they released an incomplete story. Although, in the spirit of honestly, I haven't read any of Future's End anyway. Though somehow I doubt that would help (dry tone).
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