Writer: Dan Jurgens
Art: Dan Jurgens and Norm Rapmund
Co feature – Blue Beetle
Writer: Matt Sturges
Art: Mike Norton
Cover: Dan Jurgens and Norm Rapmund
I love me some time travel. And I love my funny books when they are funny. So Booster Gold brings two of my favorite things together.
Booster Gold was always the back half of BLUE and GOLD for me, Blue Beetle was my favorite. Booster, while funny, was always more of Larry to Ted Kord’s Jack Tripper (Does that make Ice and Fire Chrissy and Janet?). He was always kinda one note, and with Beetle he was not as interesting.
I didn’t read Booster’s first solo title, which only ran 25 issues in the mid 80’s. But he appeared in many more Justice League books than he ever did in his solo titles. As a hero, his heart is always in the right place, but his motivations were often less than heroic. He had come back to the past from the 25th century, using future technology to become a hero and celebrity. He lacked a heroic purpose… now in his new title he final has found one, he has become the defender of the time stream. In the relaunch of his title out of the weekly series 52 a couple of years ago, Geoff Johns has taken Booster and given him a real mission, being Rip Hunter’s secret weapon in the war to protect history, and now back in the hands of his creator, Dan Jurgens, Booster Gold has found a real resurgence.
One of my favorite things about this title is that Booster can find himself anywhen in the DCU history, which means he could team up with just about anyone. He could go up against Per Degaton with the JSA during WWII one month, and then help the Legion in the 31st century the next, then find himself helping Bat Lash and Jonah Hex in the old West. He can be at any major DC event, giving it a new fresh look. (They have already given Booster a 0 issue tying into Zero Hour from 1994 and a 1,000,000 issue from the 1,000,000 event from 1999.)
This book’s natural co-feature is Blue Beetle. But this is not Ted Kord, it is Jamie Reyes, picking up the story from his recently canceled title. I have liked the play between the two stories in this book. (The both share a common villian, the Black Beetle, a time traveler, whose identity has not been revealed), and I love the youthful exuberance of the character, but I do miss Ted. Interestingly enough I find that Ted Kord has gotten much more respect since his death than he ever gotten since his book was canceled 20 years ago too. The art is a little more cartoony than Dan Jurgens sharp lean lines, which gives it is own distinctive look.
Booster Gold – A
Blue Beetle – A