- Booster Gold
Volume 2, Issue 42, May 2011
Released March 9, 2011
Cover Price: $2.99
Estimated Issue Sales: 16,093
Writers: J. M. DeMatteis, Keith Giffen
Penciller: Chris Batista
Inkers: Jerry Ordway, Rich Perrotta
Colorist: Hi-Fi Designs
Letterer: John J. Hill
Cover Artists: Chris Batista, Hi-Fi Designs, Rich Perrotta
Cover Description: Booster Gold is engaged in a prison fight with the Perforated Man.
Brief Synopsis: Booster Gold returns to the modern day following his time in prison.
Booster Gold's role in this story:
Featured (Booster Gold plays a prominent role)
Costume Worn: MARK I.v2 power-suit
Page 1, panel 2
Events in this issue begin in Rip Hunter's Arizona Time Lab sometime shortly following the conclusion of the previous issue. Rip Hunter, Michelle Carter, and Rani are mourning the loss of Booster Gold to a five-year prison sentence (as seen last issue)...
Page 1, panel 4
...when Booster returns from having served that sentence in the future. If five years have passed for Booster since last issue, Booster would now be nearly 40 years old (his age was given at approximately 35 as recently as Booster Gold, Volume 2, #40).
Page 2, panel 2
Singin' in the Rain is a 1952 movie musical satirizing 1920s movie musicals. Not that the movie isn't good -- the American Film Institute routinely calls it one of the best American movies ever made -- but it seems like an unlikely interest for a little girl raised in the far future.
Page 2, panel 5
In order to explain his experiences in prison to Rip and Michelle, he begins an extended flashback sequence that will continue for the rest of this issue.
Boosterrific Review: Haven't I read this before? This issue seems derivative of previous issues in this series: from the time in prison to the bizarre time-travel adventures to multiple Booster Golds. Writer J.M. DeMatteis had previously hinted that he and co-author Keith Giffen had paradigm-shifting plans for this story that were denied by DC Comics. That denial and Dan Jurgens' impending return to title may be what resulted in this recycled story, but it's a shame that Giffen/DeMatteis couldn't go out on a better story.
Boosterrific Rating: Gold Standard.
Average Fan Rating: (3 votes)
While KG and JMD...hmm never noticed they were close to my initials till now...got better as the series went on but I have to say I am happy to see Jurgens back. Not a bad issue by any means but not quite a home run. Starting the comic at the end of the story and relying on flashbacks did not seem to work here.
I enjoyed the issue, it wasn't perfect, I agree. Yes, the idea of an "older" Booster Gold has been seen a lot in the past few years, but I still think this is unique. I really liked the second to last page, with the double spread. Thought it was good, with good narrative as well.
I liked reading this issue quite a bit. It wasn't earth shattering or surprising, but I had empathy for the Perforated Man and am curious as to how it will end. A good ending could make this a solid final arc for KG and JMD.
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