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Batman: The Brave and the Bold

“Time Jerks, Part 2”

Volume 4, Issue 14, August 2024
Released June 25, 2024

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Batman: The Brave and the Bold, Vol. 4, #14. Image © DC Comics



Writer: Mark Russell
Artist: Jon Mikel
Colorist: Mike Spicer
Letterer: Ferran Delgado
Assistant Editor: James Reid
Editors: Rob Levin, Ben Meares
Cover Artist: Simone Di Meo

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Cover Description: Booster Gold flees from Batman and the Jurassic League.

Brief Synopsis: Booster Gold works to kill all dinosaurs.

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 27, panel 2
After having accidentally prevented the extinction of dinosaurs in the ancient past (in Batman: Brave in the Bold #13), Booster Gold and Skeets are now trapped in the 25th century where sapient dinosaurs are the dominant species on Earth. (It will become clear over the course of this story that the Time Sphere that brought Booster and Skeets to the future has been confiscated by the Jurassic League of the 25th century.)

Page 27, panel 4
The dinosaurs of the future are all vegans, having become "pacifists" 20,000 years ago. That corresponds to the end of the Pleistocene epoch, the most recent Ice Age. In the years since, they have further evolved, developing advanced technology, religion, and Hawaiian shirts. However, they can't be too sophisticated; very few of them wear pants.

Page 28, panel 3
In this future, the human race has been extinct for 30,000 years. This was also during the Pleistocene, suggesting that dinosaurs became vegans only after eating all of the available humans.

Page 29, panel 2
In Booster's original timeline, the game of basketball was invented by (human) James Naismith in 1891. Here, despite the world being populated by much larger animals (some with tiny Tyrannosaurus arms), basketball is still played with a human-sized ball and a 10-foot high basket.

Page 30, panel 3
Skeets overcomes Booster's reluctance to rectify the current time anomaly by appealing to his appetite. Specifically, Skeets reminds him that this world has no cheeseburgers. This isn't just a matter of ethical philosophy: In Booster's original timeline, cattle were first domesticated by humanity roughly 10,000 years ago, well after humans were removed from this timeline. Hamburgers, specifically grilled ground beef patties served on bread, were likely invented in the 18th century, possibly in Germany. Cheeseburgers (a hamburger with a slice of melty cheese) seem to have originated in early 20th-century America.

Page 31, panel 3
Three Jurassic League members are seen outside the dinosaur's 25th-century Hall of Justice. Although two appear to be Aquanyx and Green Torch (joined by a Spinosaurus in a Firestorm-inspired costume), it is improbable that these are the same dinosaurs from the Jurassic League of 65 million years ago. Presumably, these are legacy heroes.

Page 33, panel 1
Booster is caught trying to steal back his Time Sphere by other legacy Jurassic League members Wonderdon, Batsaur, and Supersaur (all wearing high-tech 25th-century suits). In order to justify his actions...

Page 33, panel 5
...Booster admits that his mission is to go back in time and prevent this timeline from ever happening. It is a bad idea to admit this. How would Booster's Justice League respond to Extant or Monarch or Parallax announcing their intention to change history to their benefit?

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Page 34, panel 2
FIRST APPEARANCE: Introducing the character find of 2471, Boostersaurus! It figures that the Jurassic League would have a counterpart of all familiar Justice League members, and their counterpart for Booster Gold (apparently some relative of the Allosaurus) is enthusiastic but clumsy.

Page 37, panel 5
A PAIR OF DOCS?: Using the (re)stollen Time Sphere to return to 65 million years ago, Booster Gold saves the day... by doing nothing. But this can't be exactly true. Although the Time Sphere allows Booster to travel to any point in physical spacetime, it does not actually take Booster Gold backwards through the fourth dimension in his personal chronology (a la Quantum Leap). This means that the younger Booster who will disrupt the asteroid strike will still be there to do so. In fact, he must be there to drive the events that lead the older Booster Gold to return. Therefore, to save the world, Booster Gold must take action stop his previous self, or, at the least, take corrective action after his previous self has departed. And since Booster is unaware that he was at the same point in time twice, he has to somehow do all this without alerting his younger self to his presence. (See the Boosterrific! Theories Time Travel page for more information about how time travel has worked in Booster Gold's adventures.) Perhaps Booster solved this problem off panel?

Page 38, panel 1
Booster returns to the future, though whether that is the 21st or 25th century is unclear. It is, at the least, later than 1969, as evidenced by the sight of a man walking on the moon.

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Boosterrific Review: I want to like this satirical take on a futuristic civilization of materialistic dinosaurs (like a reverse Flintstones), but I'm distracted by story shortcuts that cheat at time travel and, worse, treat Booster like a fool.

Boosterrific Rating:

  • Currently 3.0/5 Stars.
Gold Standard.

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