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Monday, November 9, 2020
If you read Detective Comics #1027 back in September, you might remember its last page:
When I saw that last panel, I thought, "what the heck is Generations: Future State?" The answer wasn't immediately clear because DC was keeping its plans to itself.
We eventually learned that Future State is going to be a two-month alternate-Earth event interrupting whatever it is that passes for continuity in the DC Rebirth Universe. But how would this new title connect to Dan Jurgens' Generations comic which we'd already heard solicited as Generations: Shattered? (Or was Generations: Shattered a different book altogether? How many Generations books were there going to be?)
Despite what we may have guessed, according to Newsarama Senior Editor Chris Arrant, they aren't related at all.
"Originally, we were going to touch on what's coming with Future State," Dan Jurgens, one of Generations' writer/artists told Newsarama. "We're detouring from that a bit to focus more on our own story."
In other words, for readers under the impression that Generations: Future State #1 (as mentioned in Detective Comics #1027) on September 15 and Generations: Shattered #1 announced by DC on September 9 are two distinct projects, they are not. They are one and the same. The one-shot was renamed from 'Future State #1' to 'Shattered #1' sometimes in between its September 9 announcement and whenever Detective Comics #1027 went to the printers prior to that. DC has also seemingly made the editorial decision to remove any story connection between Generations and Shattered.
The 'Generations' story will play out next in January 5's Generations: Shattered, and then continue in February with Generations: Forged.
Whew, 2020 has been a mess, hasn't it? Thanks to Newsarama for finally setting that record straight and untangling all those names and projects. (I recommend that you read the full article at at Gamesradar.com for all the details.)
Personally, I'm glad that the two events are unlinked. Future State sounds like it's going to be a lot, and I still suffer a little PTSD from trying to keep up with all those Convergence mini-series back in 2015.
Wednesday, September 16, 2020
On Monday, I wondered if the solicitation for Generations: Shattered meant that Booster Gold was going to make a previously unannounced appearance in yesterday's Detective Comics #1027 anthology.
The answer is yes. Kind of.
Words by Dan Jurgens, art by Kevin Nowlan, Hi-Fi, Andworld Design
First of all: The return of "Buster" Gold, a running joke as old as Booster Gold himself! (See page 2, panel 3 of Booster Gold Volume 1, #1!)
Second of all: Is that Skeets on Kamandi's arm? Kevin Nowlan may be the issue's credited artist, but boy howdy does that look like a Dan Jurgens circa 1992 design.
This story, "Generations: Fractured," has a very Zero Hour feel to it. I'm not sure whether that's intentional or coincidental, as Dan Jurgens did write and draw Zero Hour, after all.
We're told at the end of the story that it will be continued in Generations: Future State #1, but I have no idea what that will be. BleedingCool.com suggests that it is a series (mini- or otherwise) that Dan Jurgens will presumably be writing in 2021. However, on Twitter Jurgens seemed to have a bone to pick with some of Bleeding Cool's reporting, so whatever the truth is here is anyone's guess.
Just let me go on the record saying: Hey, DC, please, please, please publish a series by Dan Jurgens featuring Booster Gold and time shenanigans! I even promise not to complain about the cover price.
UPDATE 2020-09-17: BleedingCool has revealed a teaser poster for Future State coming January and February 2021. Which is slightly more than we knew before.
Looks like we'll see more in DC solicitations next month.
Wednesday, November 3, 2010
Over at DCcomics.com, DC indicates that it is shipping 22 books this week, and none appear to contain an appearance of Booster Gold! Travesty!
Amazingly, 7 of the 22, nearly a third, either have Batman in the title or on the cover. (An eighth cover pictures Bane, one of Batman's foes.) Looking forward, next week sees 7 books of Batman or his spin-offs out of 21. The trend continues with 10 of 27 in two weeks, and 9 of 21 at month's end! To be fair, these numbers do include a lot of Robin and trade collections, but that's still an astonishing amount of Batman related merchandise: 33 of 91 DC books in November feature a Batman-related property based on covers alone.
Is this big Batman publishing bat-nanza because the company is named after the initials of Batman's debut title, Detective Comics? Does this mean that we would be instead be seeing a flood of Booster Gold comics if the company was renamed BG Comics? I for one say yes. So get to it, DC. Change your name, and get us some more Booster Gold.
Monday, March 1, 2010
So now that the comic book featuring the wealthiest hero in comics is the most valuable comic book in history, how much longer before the greediest hero in comics, Booster Gold, makes an appearance in 'Tec 27? Booster's already appeared in Killing Joke, Countdown to Infinite Crisis, and Teen Titans #2, and he will soon pop into the events of Superman #80 (not to mention appearances behinds the scenes at Zero Hour and Crisis on Infinite Earths), so it can't be too long before he pops into another issue pivotal to DC history. With the upcoming return of Bruce Wayne, it seems like a pretty good time for Booster to visit the classics.
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