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Friday, January 11, 2019
Max Lord is the big "winner" receiving a clear majority of the vote, so I feel comfortable declaring him Booster Gold's arch nemesis, Rebirth continuity be damned!
Last week's poll question: Which villain do you consider to be Booster Gold's arch-enemy? (47 votes)
(If you voted "someone else," who did you have in mind? Dirk Davis?)
While we're on the subject of villains, someone has been making Booster Gold's life miserable recently in the pages of Heroes in Crisis. (We all agree Booster is innocent, right? Right.) The identity of the real culprit has been the subject of much debate recently as the series nears its halfway point.
One popular Internet theory is that the real villain is Skeets. This is mostly based on one panel in Batman #50 that remains unexplained. The link between these two stories is writer Tom King. Could he have been dropping Heroes in Crisis clues in Batman? I doubt it. I just can't believe that he'd crib so blatantly from 52.
The manager of my Local Comic Shop thinks that the mastermind behind the murders is Psycho Pirate. For those who don't know, Psycho Pirate — a character with key ties to the biggest crisis, Crisis on Infinite Earths — has the ability to manipulate emotions, a power that fits well into a story advertised as being about Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. (For what it's worth, PP is also in the aforementioned panel with Skeets in Batman #50. But then so was the Joker. Joker can't be behind all this, can he?)
Personally, I've decided that there aren't really any murders in Heroes in Crisis. I think it's all just one ongoing computer simulation designed to.... Well, I'm not sure what it's designed to do. Unfortunately, no one can be told what the matrix is. We'll all have to see it for ourselves.
If you need some evidence to support your pet theory, Vaneta Rogers put together a list of the clues at Newsarama.com. Take a look and see if you can't solve these crimes before Booster Gold does.
Monday, December 4, 2017
DC has finally confirmed the artist for Action Comics #993 . . . and it's exactly who we thought it would be.
Vaneta Rogers interviewed Dan Jurgens for Newsarama.com last week:
Nrama: Where the heck has Booster been?
Jurgens: Surfing the time stream. Like that wouldn't be enough to keep him busy?
Nrama: Good point. OK, so what's Booster's role in the story with Superman?
Jurgens: If Superman is going back to the moment of Krypton's destruction (which he is), he's putting himself in a very precarious position. What happens if he’s stuck on Krypton when the planet blows? How would that change time? Because of that, Booster gets involved.
. . .
Nrama: You're getting to draw the covers for the Booster storyline. What's it been like penciling Superman and Booster Gold again with this run?
Jurgens: It's taxing, as I'm still writing a lot of stuff as well, but it's been fun to come back for the covers. I’m also drawing two issues, #993 and #994, which is also a lot of fun! I really wish I had more time to draw.
So now we have an extra reason to buy "Booster Shot." (As if we needed one!) "Booster Shot" starts in Action Comics #993, coming to a Local Comic Shop near you next week.
Friday, July 7, 2017
Once upon a time, Booster Gold appeared quite regularly in the annual crossover events uniting the DCU. For example, it was just 25 years ago today that Booster Gold appeared in a supporting role in Action Comics Annual #4.
Back then, Booster and other members of the Justice League International were on the scene to try and free Superman from the clutches of Eclipso. These days that job would go exclusively to Batman, because... well, Batman.
It might be interesting to note that Blue Beetle wasn't with the rest of the Justice League for this mission (he had gone missing in the JLA Annual the previous month). That is consistent with the approach to the character taken by the current Blue Beetle series.
According to writer Kieth Giffen in an interview with Vaneta Rogers for Newsarama.com, the modern "rebirth" incarnation of Ted Kord was never a member of any Justice League. But Giffen also says that the events of Justice League 3000 are in Blue Beetle's future. JL3k was openly stated to take place in the same continuity as the original Justice League International stories. So . . . I have no idea what all that means for the current status of Blue and Gold.
Congratulations, DC. I'm not even trying to make sense of your continuity anymore.
Monday, May 29, 2017
Outside of time-travel shenanigans in the Stone Age, Booster Gold hasn't been seen interacting with DCnU continuity since Bat-Mite #4, released on September 2, 2015!
This prolonged absence has begun to make many Booster boosters wonder whether our hero might be playing some behind-the-scenes role in the universe-merging, timeline-shattering events of "Rebirth."
At Newsarama, Vaneta Rogers has done a little speculating of her own.
However, as we pointed out in our story exploring the possible new history of the Justice League International, there's one character who's aware of the universe before Flashpoint universe that's conspicuously missing from the "Rebirth" investigation and developments: Booster Gold.
It's possible that Booster and his JLI teammates have just been overlooked in all the "classic" returns in DC's "Rebirth" titles.
Yet there's another possibility - that Booster is actually part of the "Rebirth" mysteries but just hasn't been revealed yet.
Is it possible? Sure, anything is possible in comic books. Do I think it's likely? No. But it sure would be a fun twist, don't you think?
You can read the rest of Rogers' theory at Newsarma.com.
Monday, March 23, 2015
Late last week, Vaneta Rogers interviewed Keith Giffen about the coming changes to Justice League 3000. Giffen was upfront about why everyone's favorite superheroic comedy duo was added to the title:
Rogers: [L]ooking back at what's made the comic successful, you have to admit that your Justice League International characters brought a lot of eyes onto the book. You started with Booster and Beetle, then added Fire and Ice. Do you like how those additions are turning out?
Giffen: Yeah, I'll be honest. We brought Beetle and Booster in to get people to pay attention to the book, or to at least be aware that we existed. Our original idea was to bring back Fire and Ice, but then that evolved into bringing back Beetle and Booster too.
Of course, if we were going to use Beetle and Booster in the book, of course we'd want to use the Beetle and Booster that we're familiar with. It's Keith Giffen and J.M. DeMatteis, so it just makes sense.
If our book existed in the New 52, though, it wouldn't make sense. We would have to be using different iterations of those characters.
So we took the leap, and DC had no problem with it.
We're exploring a universe that hasn't been explored yet — the "Bwa-Ha-Ha" universe or whatever. And DC was amenable. So we said, let's do it!
It sounds like we might never have ever seen the return of Blue and Gold if it hadn't been for the launch of the New 52. Maybe it wasn't so bad after all?
You can read the rest of the article at Newsarama.com.
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