- Booster Gold
Time Masters: Vanishing Point
“Passageway: Part Three”
Volume 1, Issue 3, November 2010
Released September 29, 2010
Cover Price: $3.99
Estimated Issue Sales: 24,177
Writer: Dan Jurgens
Penciller: Dan Jurgens
Inker: Norm Rapmund
Colorist: Hi-Fi Designs
Letterer: Travis Lanham
Assistant Editor: Rachel Gluckstern
Editor: Michael Carlin
Cover Artists: Hi-Fi Designs, Dan Jurgens, Norm Rapmund
Cover Description: Superman, Booster Gold, and Green Lantern are caught in the electrical web of Despero.
Brief Synopsis: Booster Gold and son visit Brainiac 5 of the Legion of Super-Heroes.
Booster Gold's role in this story:
Featured (Booster Gold plays a prominent role)
Costume Worn: Rip Hunter's Dad
Issue Notes: This mini-series loosely ties-into the "Search for Bruce Wayne" storyline.
Issue Reprints: This mini-series has been collected in Time Masters: Vanishing Point.
Page 1, panel 3
Sometime in the 31st century, Booster Gold speaks with Brainiac 5 while young Rip Hunter toys with his father's Legion of Super-Heroes Flight Ring. Booster and Brainiac are discussing the Miracle Machine, a powerful device capable of rewriting fundamental elements of the Universe, essentially changing reality. Rip Hunter compares the Flight Ring with the rocket packs of Rann such as worn by Rann's champion, Adam Strange.
Page 2, panel 5
POWER UP: Good news or bad news? Skeets' technology has been upgraded by Brainiac 5 to 31st-century Computo software. Computo is an incredibly advanced computer designed by Brainiac 5. There have been several versions of Computo, and they almost inevitably turn against their master.
Boosterrific Review: I do really enjoy Dan Jurgens' work. In general, I prefer action-oriented comic books and great characterization. However, on reflection, the issue seems to be the comic book equivalent of cotton candy: full of air and empty calories. Two sets of heroes fight two sets of villains in this issue without anything much being accomplished other than some enjoyable banter and flashy fight scenes. I'm fully engrossed in the series' story now, and I look forward to more. But it would be great if something actually happened in each issue other than a cliffhanger reveal at the end.
Boosterrific Rating: Gold Standard.
Average Fan Rating: (4 votes)
Very enjoyable, although I do think that this story is stretching out a little too far, and I still can't figure out how this went from looking for Bruce to being stuck in one/two times fighting some things that, other than a pool of water, have no connection to what's going on in Bruce Wayne. I'm half opt to call this "Time Masters: The Next Big DCU Crisis" than "The Search For Batman." Supernova seems to be chillin', watching some events. I'm almost convinced this is Bruce, given his typical Batman prowl. I've wondered where all this is going, with the scenes involving Rip Hunter's early childhood, and now I've got this gut feeling that won't go away: Time Masters is Rip Hunter's obituary. I believe the Time Stealers will have the advantage and kill Rip in the end of this series. That means that Booster will be by himself once Jurgens returns, and if the next big DCU event involves time traveling, Booster will have to face it by himself.
I am enjoying this series very much (contrast to my review of BG #37). It could have/should have been done in the BG solo title and not sure why the search for Bruce Wayne is involved at all. It is high adventure and the insights into Rip's childhood are great character building.
A good issue but not great. I am enjoying the series and I liked the glimpses we have of an older Booster and younger Rip. I also enjoyed the banter between Starfire and Booster as well as our hero and Hal Jordan. I have no idea why Despero is on the cover. He barely shows up and is not the most marketable of bad guys.
I thought this was a really enjoyable issue. The opening actually explained a few things I was wondering about in regards to the Carters familys' relationship to with a certain Legion member. It may not have been the most groundbreaking of issues but the characters were entertaining.
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