Sunday, August 19, 2007

Booster Gold #1

B∞ster Gold #1
Booster Gold is teh awesome! I was poised to give this book merely a rating of VERY GOOD, but then Geoff Johns went and got clever on me. Rip hunter saying that Superboy Prime's punching tantrums changing history makes no sense. Writing on his blackboard that we shouldn't worry about Countdown. Asking why 2008 should hold another crisis when there was just one in 2006, following the one in 1985 and the creation of the DCU in 1939. Asking why Superman is/was no longer a member of the Legion of Super-Heroes. These are all EXCELLENT observations about stupidities within the DCU.

And then, of course, there's Skeets informing Booster that he is teh awesome.

Excellent characterization of a creation who was, at one point, one of my favorite comic book personalities. And a hilarious spoof of Johns' own coming storylines feature from the first issue of Justice Society. It is a spoof, right? I mean, it has to be, riiiight?

Could the "Red Lanterns" referred to by Rip be those from Korugar? Where they have red skin? So, that would be Sinestro, Katma Tui, and Soranik Natu.

I'm looking forward to Booster saving Ted and bringing him back to life. But what about Goldstar? She matters too, doesn't she?

Why can't Booster be his own ancestor? Screw continuity. Screw paradoxes. I want to see Michael make it with the hot grandma, and forget about his supposed loser gramps.

I like that Rip Hunter is no longer hindered by the limitation of only being able to use any given time travel method once. Post-COIE, that was the most limiting aspect of his character, and was most probably the reason that he wasn't used too much. In this title, it appears that he will not only be a supporting character (as he was in volume 1), but will, in fact, drive the plot development. Niiiice.

Booster gives Bats the brush off. After commenting that if Geo-Force can be in the League, why shouldn't he be! EXCELLENT stuff.

I also like the new logo. Instead of Boo$ter Gold, given that this time around Michael won't be focusing on making money or becoming popular, the title's spelling has been changed to B∞ster Gold highlighting the infinite nature of his crosstime adventures. It's a very nice touch.

Jurgens' work is also back to form. It's nice to see him back on his own creation. That's how you know that this book won't be teh suck.

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