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Friday, April 15, 2022

Coming Soon: Booster Gold, Vampire Hunter

DC Comics' July 2022 solicitations are due out today, but Michael Doran of Newsarama@GamesRadar has already broken some Booster Gold news, specifically that our hero is going to start hunting vampires this summer.

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cover art by Alan Quah

DC vs. Vampires: All-Out War #1 is a new six-issue "all-you-can-eat buffet of grindhouse mayhem" limited series beginning in July that serves as a companion series to the main DC vs. Vampire series, following the companion one-shots DC vs Vampires: Hunters in May and DC vs Vampires: Killers in June.

"One of the last secret, underground human cities is facing total annihilation and its leader - John Constantine - must plan a suicide mission to assassinate a key lieutenant in the vampire empire!" reads DC's description. "Against unreal odds and with an unlikely team including Booster Gold, Deathstroke, and Mary Marvel, does the Hellblazer have one more trick up his sleeve?"

DC vs. Vampires: All-Out War will be written by Matthew Rosenberg and Alex Paknadel with "monochromatic" black-and-white (!) art by Pasquale Qualano.

It's always cool that Booster Gold gets more spotlight, but if the main DC vs. Vampires mini-series is any guide, most of these characters are just going to die very gruesome deaths at the hands of other fallen heroes. If vampires can turn the likes of Wonder Woman and Superman, I don't much care for Booster Gold's chances. (How did he not see this coming?)

Will Booster be seen anywhere else in the DCU in July, perhaps in a book that isn't so... bloodthirsty? I'll certainly be checking for updates later today.

UPDATE LATER TODAY: Whoo, boy, it looks like DC really doesn't know what direction it wants to take its properties this summer. An endless series of Dark Crises, Flashpoints, and multiverses of Superman and mechs and vampires and knights and children.... Maybe I'm just getting too old for this.

On the up side, Booster Gold does appear on the solicited cover for Superman: Son of Kal-El #13 by Travis Moore.

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The issue is teased to introduce the television Arrowverse's Dreamer to the DCU (whatever that means anymore), so when it arrives in your Local Comic Shop on July 12, expect it to be a big seller to television watchers who also buy comic books... all 15 of them.

Now get off my lawn.

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Wednesday, December 29, 2021

Happy Birthday, Booster Gold!

Today marks the negative 421st birthday of Jon Michael "Booster" Carter, born this day in the year 2442.

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Booster Gold cake by Annette Price

Congratulations, Booster! You can celebrate by picking up a copy of Human Target #3 (in which Booster Gold opens a bagel shop) and DC Vs. Vampires #3 (in which Booster Gold makes a cameo appearance on the set of the Super Friends cartoon) at your Local Comic Shop.

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Wednesday, November 24, 2021

New Release: DC Vs Vampires 2

Thanks to all who wrote to tell me that Booster Gold is in this week's DC Vs. Vampires #2.

For the record, I bought the first issue because I am a big fan of the Wonder Twins. If you read that issue, you know why I wasn't planning on buying issue two. You can imagine how happy I was to see Booster Gold make a supporting appearance in which he is a complete jerk to grieving Jayna.

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Why would he say that?! Booster has a twin sister, too! Was Guy Gardner unavailable to deliver that line?

Honestly, though, I have never been a fan of this type of book. I have never wanted to read about corrupted heroes doing horrible things to other heroes... or, for that matter, to villains. Vampires aside, I certainly don't need a comic where the plot requires moral bastions Superman and Wonder Woman to mutely watch a "hero" bully a girl who is in emotional distress over the loss of her brother! Who cares about characterization? We're only here for sexual innuendo and mass murder!

(Pause for deep breath.)

Look, DC is giving me a Blue and Gold series right now, and I love it. If this is your kind of book, great. I'll buy what I love, and you can buy what you love. Live and let read — emphasis on live.

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