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Batman: The Brave and the Bold

“Time Jerks, Part 1”

Volume 4, Issue 13, July 2024
Released May 28, 2024

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Batman: The Brave and the Bold, Vol. 4, #13. Image © DC Comics



Writer: Mark Russell
Artist: Jon Mikel
Colorist: Mike Spicer
Letterer: Ferran Delgado
Assistant Editor: James Reid
Editors: Katie Kubert, Ben Meares, Chris Rosa

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Cover Description: This book has multiple covers; none feature Booster Gold.

Brief Synopsis: In the ancient past, the Jurassic League helps Booster Gold repair his Time Sphere.

Booster Gold's role in this story:
Featured (Booster Gold plays a prominent role)

Costume Worn: MARK I.v2 power-suit

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Page 25, panel 1
Readers join Booster Gold and Skeets inside a Time Sphere flying in near-earth space "65 million years ago." Booster has been here before, as an older man taking his son sightseeing in Time Masters: Vanishing Point #1. It's not clear why Skeets and Booster are using the Time Sphere as a traditional spacecraft in three-dimensional space when the Sphere is capable of traversing fourth-dimensional spacetime to arrive stationary at an intended destination, in part to avoid situations like...

Page 25, panel 2
...accidentally slamming into a large asteroid. More about this later.

Page 25, panel 3
For those who do not recognize it, Booster is using a "compact disc," which was the dominant media for storing digital information, especially music, at the end of the 20th century. At the time of publication of this issue, few cars or computers still have CD players, so this Time Sphere is either an older model or has been made backwards compatible for media from different time periods.

Page 26, panel 1
"Crumpets" is British slang for something desirable (usually either a piece of soft bread or an attractive woman), though here Booster uses the term sarcastically to mean the opposite. Where Booster Gold picked up British slang is anyone's guess. (Jason Statham movies, maybe?) More importantly, judging by the art, it would appear that both the Time Sphere and the asteroid are much closer to the earth than the moon. More about this later.

Page 28, panel 1
Booster admits to having stolen the Time Sphere. Does Rip Hunter not know he has this one?

Page 29, panel 5
Booster Gold meets Wonderdon, Supersaur, and Batsaur of the Jurassic League, a Justice League analog comprised of dinosaurs. Other Jurassic League members Booster will meet during this misadventure are Aquanyx, Flashraptor, and Green Torch.

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Page 30, panel 1
POWER UP: Skeets' "galactic translater" allows Booster to communicate with ancient earth dinosaurs. Are there alien civilizations that speak "ancient dinosaur"?

Page 31, panel 2
The phrase "History doesn't repeat itself, but it often rhymes" is often attributed to Mark Twain. Though he wrote similar sentiments, credit for that specific phrasing probably belongs to Theodor Reik according to

Page 34, panel 3
Wonderdon recognizes Booster as a mammal because, in the DC Universe, dinosaurs and humans co-existed (as evidenced in issues of Jurassic League). On Earth 33 (no hyphen), humans did not emerge as a species until about 300,000 years ago, separating them from extinct dinosaurs by about... 65 million years.

Page 35, panel 1
Booster and Skeets next travel to Earth in 2471, nine years after Michael Jon "Booster" Carter was arrested for illegally gambling on sporting events at Gotham University (as first revealed in Booster Gold volume 1 #6). Though the future looks right on first glance...

Page 36, panel 3

Page 37, panel 2
LIQUIFIED TIME: Skeets explains that the asteroid they collided with 65 million years ago was the same 10-kilometer-diameter asteroid that should have crashed into the Yucatan Peninsula, creating the Chicxulub crater and the Cretaceous–Paleogene extinction event that killed most of the dinosaurs. As proven by the NASA "Double Asteroid Redirection Test" mission in 2021, the path of such an asteroid could be redirected through the use of kinetic force, but the closer an asteroid is to earth, the greater the diversion needed to avoid an impact. More diversion means more force. Creating enough force to move a 2-quadrillion-pound asteroid away from the earth when it is already so close would seem to require... well, we don't know the mass of a two-person Time Sphere, but probably significantly more than a "crunkkk!" Although, admittedly this is a comic book about talking dinosaurs, so anything is possible.

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Boosterrific Review: Yes, it's a silly story, but I personally enjoy silly superhero comic book stories that don't take themselves too seriously.

Boosterrific Rating:

  • Currently 4.0/5 Stars.
Worth Its Weight In Gold.

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