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Friday, April 3, 2015

Sanitizing History

As I mentioned earlier this week, DC Comics is giving readers a recap of important events in the life of the stars of its Convergence mini-series. has the recap that will be appearing in Convergence: Booster Gold:

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I'm guessing the reason that all of Booster's pre-52 adventures are ignored is because this mini-series book will focus on time-shenanigans, not straightforward super-adventure, so readers will need to be brought up to speed on DC's time cop. But the pages offer an alternate suggestion for the omissions: Booster Gold doesn't remember them.

As we learned in Booster Gold: Futures End, the Booster Gold whose adventures we've followed since he was introduced to the post-Crisis on Infinite Earths DC Universe still exists outside of time. According to these pages, Booster Gold returned from Flashpoint to Vanishing Point, where the changes in time caused him to forget his past. This explains the Booster we saw in All-Star Western. (That he was wearing the wrong costume can be attributed to artist error [though the truth probably lies closer to editorial retcon].)

These pages also reinforce that "our" Booster never merged with the New 52 Universe. The Booster Gold of the New 52 Universe was "created" on the Earth-Prime of the post-Flashpoint multiverse. His first appearance is in Justice League International #1, and his history deviates significantly from that of "our" Booster Gold. He never befriended Ted Kord or joined the JLI or had his own sidekick named Goldstar, and he's certainly never met anyone named Max Lord or Gladys.

Of course, two pages are hardly enough to answer all the outstanding questions about the multiple Booster Golds and their transition to the New 52 — are there two versions of Rip Hunter? What is NuBooster Gold's history? Will we ever meet the New 52 version of Skeets? — but maybe we'll get a few more answers when Convergence: Booster Gold #1 is released in three weeks.

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Monday, January 12, 2015

Chris Sims on the Legacy of the JLI

On Friday, Chris Sims defended the legacy of the Justice League International.

Everyone always thinks of it as the funny Justice League book. That’s how it's always referred to, with the emphasis on the bwa-ha-has, the "One punch!" scenes, and Beetle and Booster's wacky schemes, but that's not really accurate. All that stuff is in there, sure.
The point is, while
JLI was a book with a lot of very funny, very memorable parts, comedy was never really the main focus of the series. Or at least, it wasn't the focus at the expense of anything else. See, the thing that marked JLI more than being a funny book was that it was a balanced one.

Of course he's right. If you've never read the original Justice League International comics, come for the Blue Beetle and Booster Gold, stay for the action, adventure, and drama. You'll be glad you did.

You can read the rest of Sims' "Ask Chris" article at

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Monday, June 30, 2014

Going Out in Style

Let's get this week started the right way: with cosplay!

Blue and Gold cosplay at Charlotte 2014, pic by Comics Alliance

Blue and Gold forever! found not one but two sets of Blue and Gold cosplayers last week at Charlotte's Heroes Con 2014. You can find larger image in their gallery here.

Osyrus as Booster Gold

And while we're on the subject, I hope you didn't miss this unique cosplay that Osyrus posted in the Boosterrific Forum last week. It's a great costume that deserves some recognition.

Great job everybody.

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Wednesday, May 7, 2014

New Release: Futures End #1

Did you like Booster's appearance in Futures End #0?

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Let's play point/counter-point!

Chris Sims of

"The setup for Future's End [sic], the violent death of all your favorite superheroes, is the same thing that [DC Comics] used for DC Universe Online, Injustice: Gods Among Us, Flashpoint and Earth-2, and that's just the stuff from the last few years that springs to mind. As a company, they seem obsessed with violently murdering their roster of characters in the most gruesome way possible, over and over agian. At this point, it's their trademark."

Russ Burlingame of

"It feels like they’ve created a ton of stuff from scratch here, and while it has the potential to be a trainwreck trying to connect the dots between the DC Universe we know and the one we saw in today’s issue, I find it difficult not to have confidence in the steady hands of writers Brian Azzarello, Jeff Lemire, Keith Giffen and the aforementioned Dan Jurgens given the huge promise shown here and their combined track record."

Heh. One of them has to be right, right?

If, like Russ, you are excited to read more about far-future Batman's adventures in the near future, Future's End #1 hits shelves today. If, like Chris, you found the experience familiar and nauseating, you can wait another four months for Booster Gold's next announced appearance.

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Thursday, September 19, 2013

Imagining the End of the World

Booster Gold meets Zatanna: how many pages until Zatanna turns Booster into a frog?

Last week's poll question: Which Justice Leaguer should Booster Gold team up with for the first time? (48 votes)

Which Justice Leaguer should Booster Gold team up with for the first time?

Today's poll is inspired by DC's recent decision to prevent Batwoman from marrying and the outcry that triggered from fans. (The book's creative staff quit in protest. Would we even know about DC editorial's decision if the creative staff hadn't quit? Should fans now expect this sort of behind-the-scenes dysfunction when they consider reading DC Comics? What should Booster Gold fans be prepared to accept if we ever actually see the much-promised Booster Gold volume 3?)

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