- Booster Gold
“No Time To Live”
Volume 1, Issue 2, March 1990
Released January 23, 1990
Cover Price: $1.75
Guide Price: $2.50 (as of 2011)
Cover Description: Corky Baxter runs from a stampede of raptors fleeing a tyrannosaurs rex. In the background a large clock points to 7 o'clock. (No Booster Gold.)
Brief Synopsis: Rip Hunter puts together a group of adventurers to begin testing his time travel devices.
Costume Worn: MARK I power-suit
Issue Notes: Booster Gold appears in this issue only by way of a telephone conversation with Rip Hunter and an unseen meeting with Superman.
Story Notes: The title to this issue is a reference to a song of the same name.
Issue Reprints: This issue has been collected with the rest of the series in Time Masters.
Page 11, panel 1
Booster Gold speaks to Rip Hunter via telephone in order to tell Rip that he has arranged a meeting between Rip and Superman. This arrangement was probably distasteful for Booster to make, as Superman and Booster have never been on good terms. Booster makes Rip promise not to ask him for any more favors. (In hindsight, this is somewhat humorous given the intertwined future of these two characters.)
Boosterrific Review: Rip Hunter establishes the modern Time Masters, a team suffering from so much internal angst and melodrama that they would be more a home on a daytime soap opera than in a super hero comic book. In fact, the events of this issue are more confusing than seems necessary, as though writers Bob Wayne and Lewis Shiner are trying to intentionally obfuscate the direction that they are planning for the story. Maybe all of these characters and twists are necessary (especially considering the new restrictions on time travel in the post-Crisis on Infinite Earths DC Monoverse), but they are obstacles that the reader must overcome to enjoy the story.
Boosterrific Rating: Gold Standard.
Average Fan Rating: (1 vote)
I didn't mind the angst and melodrama as much as I felt that it would have fit better if the characters had more development. It's a little hard to guess the whys of many of the characters choices and interactions. As a result the series has a rushed and uncompleted feel. (Not just because of the cliff hanger.) What I find so humorous about the Rip/Booster telephone exchange is the post-it note Rip has. See, he's always known future events before readers.
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