- Booster Gold
Time Masters: Vanishing Point
“Passageway: Part Four”
Volume 1, Issue 4, December 2010
Released October 27, 2010
Cover Price: $3.99
Estimated Issue Sales: 22,813
Writer: Dan Jurgens
Penciller: Dan Jurgens
Inker: Norm Rapmund
Colorist: Hi-Fi Designs
Letterer: Travis Lanham
Assistant Editor: Rachel Gluckstern
Editor: Michael Carlin
Cover Artists: Hi-Fi Designs, Dan Jurgens, Norm Rapmund
Cover Description: Superman, Booster Gold, Green Lantern, and Rip Hunter fall into a vortex.
Brief Synopsis: A game of toss between Booster Gold and his son Rip Hunter is ruined by a surprise attack.
Booster Gold's role in this story:
Featured (Booster Gold plays a prominent role)
Costume Worn: Rip Hunter's Dad
Issue Notes: According to the cover, this issue (as well as the entire mini-series) is a "Search for Bruce Wayne" tie-in, despite only 4 interior panels mentioning it.
Reprint Notes: This mini-series has been collected in Time Masters: Vanishing Point.
Page 1, panel 1
Booster Gold and his son, Rip Hunter, are playing football by a waterfall as a silhouetted woman (Booster's future wife?) sets out a picnic blanket in the background.
Page 1, panel 4
Hunter wears a purple and gold football jersey with the number 13. While Booster did wear the number 13 as a college quarterback, the Gotham University colors were red and white. Rather than an arbitrary color choice, it is likely that the colors purple and gold were chosen for this jersey intentionally by writer/artist Dan Jurgens. Jurgens is a native of Minnesota, home of the NFL Vikings, whose team colors are purple and gold.
Page 2, panel 1
POWER UP: Booster demonstrates that in addition to his flight ring, his future costume still contains a powerful force field.
Page 2, panel 5
Booster, Rip Hunter, and Skeets are seen with a blond woman, seen earlier in silhouette. Though Rip Hunter's narration constantly refers to "mom and dad," there is nothing to indicate that this blonde isn't Booster's twin sister Michelle Carter.
Boosterrific Review: Why isn't this a 4-issue mini-series? Why is this story a mini-series at all rather than a story-arc in Booster Gold? Nothing has significantly advanced the story in 3 issues. I'm not saying that there aren't things to enjoy in this latest issue (namely the future Booster introduction and Booster/Green Lantern banter), but I will certainly say that there is very little here outside of an affection for the art of Dan Jurgens or Booster Gold (or Skeets!) that would justify the $3.99 cover price.
Boosterrific Rating: Tarnished.
Average Fan Rating: (4 votes)
I'm with Erin. I enjoyed the issue and put it's context out of my head. The Hunter family is still fun and I like Booster saving the day (sort of). Basically, this series flushes out Rip Hunter and establish the next big arc.
Fully in agreement with our gracious host. There are some fun moments but this is getting stale. I will say the Black Beetle caught my attention this issue.
I really enjoyed this issue. I stopped caring about the tie ins a few issues ago and just liked the story.
'Nuff said above. On another topic: A show called "Fly Along With Booster"?? Sounds like a kiddie show, with lots of advertisements for Booster costumes, Michelle tea sets, and Skeets plushies. Parents in the DCU should definitely guide their kids when watching this.
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