Speaking as someone who had to wait until he was (*cough* older than *cough*) 30 for more Booster Gold stories
I have to say that during that long hiatus, I never stopped enjoying Booster Gold
You mean you still treasured the old Booster Gold stories? Or were you really invested in the thrilling romance of Booster and Firehawk?
I have never believed that Jurgens is particularly skilled at scripting team books. What I've seen so far on JLI hasn't changed my mind. But I don't see Dan Jurgens getting Booster "wrong" in JLI. The series is a net positive in characterization of Booster Gold. JLI just isn't a solo series. Booster lost his solo series because of low sales, and (almost) any project that can keep Booster in front of an audience is preferable to the alternative.
Agree with you here mostly. My fear is that a bad and short lived Booster Gold title might lead to no Booster for a long time, while a quick end (or dramatic change) to the same title might shorten the time the time is seen as right for his return by DC. If my line of thinking makes any sense is a another matter.
Also what I meant with Jurgens "getting it not right" was not that he is writing the charactor wrong, but he fails to deliver a good Booster Gold centric title. The reason for that you've explained yourself.
Dan wasn't responsible for using Booster Gold in COUNTDOWN, 52, or the second volume of his series. Comic book writers are fans. So long as that is the case, and so long as Booster Gold has fans, he has a future.
I guess you are right, but the driving force behind Booster's second coming (is that by now an "official" fandom term, or am I the only one using it?) was Johns afaik. And I worry that he is busy with other, "bigger" stuff. Than again from what I am hearing, he seems to be rather burnt out quality wise.
In the end the different perspective most likely stem fromt he fact that I am "the new guy" who is used to have Booster show up several times a month. Further there a few old BG titles left I have not read yet, so my backlog is gone as well. In other words I am spoiled since I never had to endure a Booster Age-less time.