BOOSTER GOLD #44


Story: Dan Jurgens
Art: Dan Jurgens, Norm Rapmund
Cover: Dan Jurgens, Norm Rapmund
Publisher: DC

A $2.99 Comic
32 pgs

Sure there are a lot of reasons I may have chosen this book to be my Read of the Week.

It’s the first tie in book to this summer’s event series – Flashpoint. This issue is also marks the return of Booster Gold creator Dan Jurgens to the series.

Of course it could just be that Booster Gold is the man!

Ok first off, this is the first book official tie in to Flashpoint. And this is a completely natural fit. Flashpoint is a story about time being altered, and Booster Gold is the unsung defender of the timeline. Booster also makes for a great character to help explore the Flashpoint Earth. I can see when he and Barry eventually find one another, he’ll play the companion role to The Flash’s “Doctor” (Don’t get my Doctor Who reference? Go watch some.) He’s going to be there to ask the questions, and go wandering off and getting into trouble. And of course finding trouble is something Booster has never had trouble doing before. So what happens when Booster stumbles in the Coast City airspace, in a America at war with Atlantis and the Amazons? Well I will tell you this, it’s bound to leave a mark.

Dan Jurgens is always a welcome return to his creation. A well regarded artist and writer, and in my opinion and under appreciated one. Don’t forget this is the man who wrote and drew the Death of Superman. I have always like his smooth lines and fluid storytelling. I am excited about him being back on this book, because I always thought he was one of the best artists to draw the Flash. Of course, most of the times I recall seeing his Flash, it was Wally West. So I am curious to see how he handles Barry. Also I think this will be the first time Booster meets Barry too. I am curious to see what Barry thinks of Booster, and what he makes of Booster coming from Zooms home era. Perhaps that might be part of the reason Booster and Skeets survived the time shift?

I will not lie, Flashpoint has worried me a bit. An altered timeline? A different world, where some heroes are now villains and have taken over huge parts of the world? It sounded a little (ok a lot) like a DC version of HOUSE OF M. But so far I am optismistic. How about you?

Grade A