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Monday, October 7, 2019

Restoring Lost History

Friday afternoon, The Hollywood Reporter broke the news that DC finally plans to release their comprehensive Rebirth continuity in 2020. That's a mere 9 years after they threw out decades of character development in a bid to boost sales.

"We're starting to figure out how continuity works," [DC Comics co-publisher Dan] DiDio said about the process, noting that reboots and complicated retcons are what happens when "things stop making sense."

I'm glad that DiDio, who has overseen DC Comics' output since 2004, has finally realized the value of continuity to the types of stories that his company sells. Better late than never, I guess.

Anyway, I'm sure that what you want to know, as a visitor to a Booster Gold fan site, is "how will this affect Booster Gold?" The answer looks to be: Pretty significantly.

DiDio made the announcement at the "DC Nation" panel of this past weekend's New York Comic Convention accompanied with an illustrated graphic. Bleeding Cool spent most of the weekend pouring over the visible bits of that timeline. I can't make out anything, but Rich Johnston seems to think it restores most of the post-Crisis on Infinite Earths continuity as the third generation of DC heroes.

If that is to be believed, it looks like Booster Gold's history once again includes his joining the original "Bwah-ha-ha" Justice League International alongside Blue Beetle. Also restored: Infinite Crisis and Justice League: Generation Lost. Is there time for 52 to have happened in there somewhere? One can only hope.

Will any of this ever make it to print? Will the short-lived New 52 continuity be abandoned? How can Convergence be shoehorned into this new chronology? Who knows. Maybe we'll find out after Doomsday Clock finally ticks down in December.

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Friday, August 28, 2015

Booster Gold Comic Coming in 2016

On Wednesday, Rich Johnston of reported that DC Comics is "open for pitches and proposals" for a new Booster Gold title that may be coming in 2016.

Make of this what you will. It has always been my impression that DC is "open for pitches and proposals" for most of their characters most of the time. But I do want a new Booster Gold comic. Here's hoping.

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Friday, August 15, 2014

The Rumors Category Is Getting a Workout

Back in April, told the world that Booster Gold comic would be part of the Futures End tie-ins in September. Now Rich Johnston teases us with another forthcoming Booster Gold appearance:

Well, Bleeding Cool understands that [Justice League 3000] issue # 12 will feature two folks from an earlier incarnation of the Justice League. A much earlier incarnation. My favourite incarnation, from before the New 52 relaunch.

Blue Beetle and Booster Gold, from the bwah-ha-ha-ha era of the Justice League, uncovered after being trapped in a cryonic chamber for a thousand years…

Personally, I find it really hard to believe that DC would let Giffen use pre-New 52 characters in Justice League 3000, especially the Blue Beetle. But I think I'd like it if they did.

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Monday, May 27, 2013

New Booster Gold Series Definitely Happening

Saturday, Rich Jonhston posted the following at

Coming out from the Greenest Night celebration last night in Los Angeles for the work of Geoff Johns on Green Lantern, comes the news gathered by some that we are to expect a Booster Gold series in the imminent future from DC Comics.

No word on concept, or creators.

Is there any truth to this rumor? Bleeding Cool does not shy away from admitting that it is full of an unidentified jumble of "news, gossip and rumour." Which category best fits this story?

The veracity of the article was challenged on Twitter, but Johnston defended the statement as "passed by relevant people at DC and DC PR before publication." Defending an unsourced rumor as coming from "relevant people" is probably not the best way to build confidence.

This is not even the first time this year that a new Booster Gold comic has been teased at Bleeding Cool. Whether that makes this news more or less believable is further matter for debate.

I want to believe that it is true (for obvious reasons). Therefore, until DC confirms or denies, I'm going to assume that Booster Gold Volume 3 will be coming to my Local comic Shop later this year.

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Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Maybe It's Not His Fault

Earlier this month, George Pérez was among the featured guests at the annual Superman Celebration in Metropolis, Illinois. His question and answer session was recorded and hosted by Superman Homepage. Rich Johnson at Bleeding Cool transcribed some of the video, including the following quote:

Unfortunately when you are writing major characters, you sometimes have to make a lot of compromises and I was made certain promises, and unfortunately not through any fault of Dan DiDio, he was no longer the last word, lot of people making decisions, going against each other, contradicting, again in mid story. The people who love my Superman arc, I thank you. What you read, I don't know.

I've always been pretty outspoken against Dan DiDio and how I've interpreted DC's output under his direction as Publisher. While it is his job to be the public face of the company's decisions, for good or ill, to hear an industry veteran like Pérez explicitly say that DiDio isn't really the boss at DC should really teach me to temper my venomous tirades against the poor fellow.

It's been obvious for some time that DC's corporate parent, Warner Brothers, has been becoming increasingly intrusive in editorial interference of DC's storytelling. The obvious, continued editorial failures behind the rollout of the DCnU are the smoking gun pointing to a dysfunctional, fractured leadership.

As much as I have blamed DC Comics Co-Publishers DiDio and Jim Lee for the recent poor treatment of Booster Gold, I should give DiDio the benefit of the doubt with his plans for Justice League International. After all, if Booster Gold doesn't reappear in a new title soon, there will be plenty of blame to go around.

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