- Booster Gold
Batman: The Return of Bruce Wayne
“Until the End of Time”
Volume 1, Issue 2, Late July 2010
Released May 26, 2010
Cover Price: $3.99
Estimated Issue Sales: 99,361
Cover Description: Witch-hunter Batman stands in a bed of fire as witches burn behind him. (No Booster Gold.)
Brief Synopsis: Batman proves his detective skills despite suffering severe personal memory loss.
Booster Gold's role in this story:
Supporting (Booster Gold plays a lesser role)
Costume Worn: MARK I.v2 power-suit
This story has been reprinted in:
Batman: The Return of Bruce Wayne (2012)
Page 4, panel 2
Booster Gold, Green Lantern, Rip Hunter, Skeets, and Superman arrive at Vanishing Point, the headquarters of the Linear Men situated at the end of time. Typically, time does not pass relative to the occupants of Vanishing Point, but Hunter implies that this is not the case during this visit,...
Page 5, panel 1
...a viewpoint shared by Vanishing Point's sole occupant, a "biorganic archivist," who points out that the party has visited Vanishing Point following the departure of the Linear Men, an organization dedicated to the maintenance of the history of the DC Universe. Skeets notes that biorganic archivists are common in the 64th century, but the current time must be far later than that. Superman has previously visited as far into future as the 853rd century, where time was still intact.
Page 6, panel 2
Though Hunter's expression is one of confusion, DC's resident Time Master could not possibly be confused by the archivist's explanation of what is essentially Hypertime.
Page 28, panel 3
Trapped less than 3 minutes from the end of existence, Booster is surprisingly useless, especially considering that his costume, when coupled with Skeet's programming, is capable of triggering the Time Platform in Rip Hunter's Arizona Laboratory.
Boosterrific Review: Typical of a Grant Morrison story, the more you read, the less you understand. On the up side, the issue features fantastically moody painted art by Frazer Irving. On the down side, Irving's depiction of Booster Gold looks like a slack-jawed moron. (His Superman and Batman do look suitably heroic, if you can get past Booster Gold. Maybe some can. Boosterrific can't.)
Boosterrific Rating: Gold Standard.
Average Fan Rating: (3 votes)
This issue made even less sense, and as Boosterrific said, they drew Booster like a dumbass. Even Rip looks like a goon in comparison to the more chiseled face of Green Lantern and "the clearly better drawn than Booster Gold" Superman.
Dreadful art, dull story--bad combo all around.
This series is shaping up to end badly, and as a Bat fan, I'm shaking in my knickers.
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