- Posted by Johanna on November 14, 2007 at 8:46 pm
- Category: Superhero Reviews
- PUBLISHER: DC Comics
A hoot. Booster Gold is the idiot sent to fix timestream problems because no else is willing to take such a scut job. Everyone in the comic makes fun of him. Then they make fun of everyone else, too. Booster’s curse is to be thought incompetent while really making the most heroic gestures of all.
This issue, Booster and his traveling partner Rip Hunter have run their time sphere into the Cosmic Treadmill… while Barry and Kid Flash Wally were on it. (Why haven’t I read about a timestream collision before? It’s goofy but twisted fun.) Barry and Wally are tight-ass old-fashioned heroes, while Skeets, Booster’s flying robot globe, snarks at him. For instance, after Booster figures out that they’re headed for a trap, he says, “I hate being right.” “At least it doesn’t happen often, sir,” replies Skeets, in Marcy-like fashion.
Turns out that Rex Hunter, some bitter kid-grown-up from the Time Masters series, and Supernova, gimmick from one of the recent interchangeable events, have teamed up to change history by eliminating heroes. As Barry says, “We’ve heard enough, Wally. These men are time travelers with insidious motives.”
I like that there are references to other comics everywhere in this book, but they don’t matter. It’s cool if you read, or even heard of, Time Masters, but if you haven’t, ok, you’re told that this is a former teammate now gone bad. If you do have more knowledge of superhero trivia, then you’ll find the line “Booster Gold? Way to aim high. Was Danny Chase unavailable?” hilarious.
No one in this comic is respect-worthy, so when they do refer to other events, it’s easy to ignore. And that’s all right, that they’re losers, because they’re still trying to do the right thing, in a much more mottled way than the simplified primary characters they interact with. But they don’t wallow in how difficult life is or how tough it is to live on the edge. There’s a lightness here that keeps the pieces working together.
Their missions are basic and easily understandable, not to mention sympathetic. Booster wants to save Blue Beetle from dying. To do that, they have to prevent another attack on a superhero. I don’t want to spoil it, but it’s a highly contentious event that I’m impressed they’re willing to tackle.
I’m inclined to attribute all the bits I like to co-writer Jeff Katz, because I don’t care much for Geoff Johns’ work these days. Either way, it wouldn’t work as well as it does without the experienced art of Dan Jurgens and Norm Rapmund. This is the kind of superhero adventure I can really get into: creative, adventurous, moral, exciting, amusing.
The weirdest thing is, this isn’t even the best issue of the series so far. In issue #2, Booster faces off with Sinestro, which leads to Skeets ramming himself into the Lantern’s head while shouting “No man escapes me!” He’s yellow, you see, and Sinestro thinks he resembles a Manhunter. In issue #3, Booster gets drunk with Jonah Hex in some convoluted plan to keep Superman from being killed. Which is why they ran into the Treadmill this issue — Booster was driving the time sphere drunk.