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Friday, September 28, 2018

Opinions in Crisis

Upon first read, I thought I was okay with Heroes in Crisis #1. Yes, it is heavy on atmosphere and light on story, but after Tom King's criminal misuse of Booster Gold in "The Gift", I decided that this was at least somewhat more respectful of my hero (even as it spits in the eye of the entire DC "Rebirth" initiative).

Then I read what and and had to say about it. (Warning: links contains spoilers.)

Now I'm wondering if perhaps my worst fears about this series weren't fearful enough. Since so many people seem to think that writer Tom King is some kind of literary genius — an opinion I have not shared since I read Batman, Volume 4 #1 — might Heroes in Crisis poison Booster Gold for the general public in the same sort of way that Marvel's revelation that Hank Pym was a mentally addled wife beater tarnished that once great character? *Gulp*

But maybe I'm overreacting. Maybe I'm just overprotective of my favorite character. Call me Chicken Little.

Am I alone? Let's find out.

This week's poll question: What is your reaction to Heroes in Crisis #1? Please visit the Boosterrific Polls page to view results for this week's poll.

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Monday, September 24, 2018

Bruce and Dick

I'm sure you've heard by now that printed copies of last week's Batman: Damned marked the first on-panel appearance of Batman's, um, sidekick.

Batman: Damned. Fixed.
Batman: Damned #1, writer: Brian Azzarello, artist: Lee Bermejo

DC Comics promptly promised to remove, er, "Li'l Wayne" from future printings and all digital copies. reported that a DC source justified the company's abrupt about-face by claiming that "it wasn't additive to the story." If that was the case, why was it there in the first place?

The obvious answer is that this was a stunt to sell comic books.

Gratuitous nudity has long been used in comic books and other visual media to increase sales. (Generally speaking, women are the subject of this sort of exploitation far more than men — the target audience for such things is generally male — so in a way, seeing Batman's, ah, primary sexual characteristic is kind of refreshing. Kind of.) But Batman is not an outlier property. He is arguably DC's most valuable property. His name alone in the masthead moves books. If any character shouldn't have to drop trou to get some attention, it's Batman.

Which brings us to the obvious question: who's next?

If they'll do it to Batman, they'll do it to anyone. If DC has reached a point were they are willing to release "mature reader" comic books of their headliners in birthday suits, how long until we get a better look at characters who are somewhat more obscure?

In other words, it seems only a matter of time until we see Booster Gold's penis.

That's a future I don't think I'm prepared for.

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Monday, June 11, 2018

Not Funny Because It's True

I spent a lot of time in recent weeks worrying about how Booster Gold's unfortunate appearance in Batman might inspire future problems for our hero. According to Meg Downey's recent think piece for, Booster's troubles are worse (and more persistent) than I thought.

Like pearls in Crime Alley follow Batman, trauma now follows Booster wherever he goes. Even in alternate universes outside of the main DC continuity like Injustice 2, Booster ends up forced to watch helplessly as Ted was killed yet again. In the splintered timeline of the "Batpoint," Booster winds up teetering on the edge of death, emaciated, mentally broken, even deeply disturbed -- a pretty far cry from his days stealing cookies from Martian Manhunter with his best friend.

Downey makes a good point. Grief has been a central theme in Booster's life since Infinite Crisis, first published nearly thirteen years ago. Even in this modern age of decompressed, made-for-trade storytelling, that's a long time.

You can read Downey's full article, "How Batman's 'Batpoint' Story Highlights the Tragedy of Booster Gold" at

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Monday, July 13, 2015

What We Learned at Comic Con 2015

The big Booster Gold news from Comic Con appears to be that Booster will be appearing in a future issue of Bat-Mite []. We didn't need a convention to tell us that. We read Diamond Comic Distributors' Previews. Booster will appear in Bat-Mite #4 in September.

Given that DC just unleashed a slate of new series, we hoped that Booster Gold might have been discussed in relation to another upcoming title. He wasn't. It seems The Year of Booster Gold is beginning to lose some steam.

For the second year in a row, I haven't managed to spot a single Booster cosplayer among the thousands of costume pics. Not to denigrate the costumes I did see — the costumes at Comic-Con are truly staggering in both quality and originality — but two years in a row without Booster Gold is pretty bad. We can't expect to see Booster make the jump back to television or movies if he's already so far out of the public eye.

But hope springs eternal. The year isn't over yet. There's still plenty of time for DC to springs some good news on us. So bring it on, DC. We're ready and waiting.

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Monday, March 2, 2015

Jurgens and Martinez Talk Convergence

Do you still have any reservations about the upcoming Convergence: Booster Gold? Well, let the issue's writer and artist put your mind at ease.

IGN: What would you say to fans to get them excited for your comic?

Dan Jurgens: Booster Gold! Superboy! The Legion of Super Heroes! And a special guest star that everyone wants to see in a Booster story! I don't think we need more than that!

Alvaro Martinez: They'll get to see a lot of places and characters they haven't seen in a long time. Also, all the questions they may have from Booster Gold: Futures End will be answered. Oh, and a very very long awaited reunion will take place!

A long-awaited reuinon? I'm sure he must be talking about Booster Gold and Skeets!

You can find the whole interview as part of Jesse Schedeen's article covering all the week 4 Convergence titles at

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