- Booster Gold
Time Masters: Vanishing Point
“Passageway: Part Five”
Volume 1, Issue 5, January 2011
Released December 15, 2010
Cover Price: $3.99
Estimated Issue Sales: 22,312
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: Green Lantern, Booster Gold, and Superman pursue Professor Zoom.
Brief Synopsis: Booster Gold finds a hiding place for his family.
Booster Gold's role in this story:
Featured (Booster Gold plays a prominent role)
Costume Worn: Rip Hunter's Dad
Issue Notes: Tie-in to Batman: The Return of Bruce Wayne.
Reprint Notes: This mini-series has been collected in Time Masters: Vanishing Point.
Page 1, panel 2
Booster Gold and his son, Rip Hunter, are in an unidentified remote, mountain location. This location looks similar to that of Project Slipshift, the United States government institution first seen in Booster Gold, Vol. 2, #29, though the architecture of the buildings looks much more similar to that of Rip Hunter's 20th-century time lab.
Page 1, panel 3
Young Hunter still wears a purple and gold football jersey with the number 13, and his dialogue implies that the events of the previous issue are still fresh on his mind. Very little, if any, time has likely passed since the previous issue.
Page 2, panel 1
Booster reveals that he and Rip Hunter's mother were attacked on the day of Rip Hunter's birth. Booster is impossibly vague about who is attacking or who Rip Hunter's mother is. At this point, it still isn't clear whether Booster is legally married to Hunter's mother.
Page 2, panel 2
Skeets arrives to notify Booster of another attack by the mysterious assailants.
Page 2, panel 6
SPOILER WARNING!: Reveal
Boosterrific Review: A better issue than the last, this comic is chock full of activity and revelations even as it struggles to address its tenuous connection to Batman: the Return of Bruce Wayne. The events of this issue are told in a style similar to that used by Jurgens during his tenure writing Superman stories 20 years ago. Several subplots, happening nearly simultaneously (if that is the right word for time travel stories), dovetail fluidly, increasing the tension and allowing each story to develop at its own pace. The Time Masters' trip to the dawn of the Atomic Age may seem like a sidetrack even for a mini-series about sidetracks, but the one-and-done nature of the trip is refreshing after several issues of prolonged swords-and-sorcery tales. Still, it is the story of the Black Beetle's adventures that are the most intriguing in this series, and the hope his story will one day play a larger role in the adventures of Booster Gold and the DC Universe is more than enough reason to keep reading.
Boosterrific Rating: Worth Its Weight In Gold.
Average Fan Rating: (4 votes)
Continued enjoyment of this series. Now that I appreciate it as a precursor to Flashpoint, even my lingering complaints about it not be connected to the search for Batman are gone.
There's a little art mistake in the splash page, (when all the heroes are in the vortex), in the costume of Starfire, her left leg should not be visible, her costume cover that leg.
I love this series if for no other reason than the revelations of old-Booster's relationship to young-Rip, and I can't help thinking that this should be the storyline playing out in Booster Gold, hell the time traveling team of time masters might help boost sales of Booster Gold. and in the end, isn't a self sustaining Booster-centric book the goal?
Jurgens has some interesting plots brewing with Rips' past, who the current Supernova is (the hints might answer a question raised above) and what Black Beetle is trying to do. I am a little confused with it saying Waverider was killed when the 52 was created given his death in the max-series. My favorite Booster read of the month.
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