I will freely admit that I’d have never expected a new “Booster Gold” series to be fun, doubly so acting as a spin-off/sequel to the “52” year-long event. But you know what? Geoff Johns and Jeff Katz have taken a pretty simple idea, of Booster Gold and Rip Hunter trying to fix glitches in the timeline, and made it surprisingly fun.
This, the final issue of their year-long run on the book, was advertised as a tie-in to the old DC mini-series “DC One Million” (not to be confused with their tie-in to “Zero Hour” that kicked off this story), and sure enough that’s exactly how it kicks off, complete with the first appearance of the futuristic debut of Peter Platinum, inspired by Booster Gold’s showboating almost a million years in Peter’s past. People expecting nothing but “DC One Million” this issue might be disappointed… well, until they discover that the rest of the issue is even better.
What we actually get is an epilogue to not only the six-month “Blue & Gold” storyline, but to Johns and Katz’s run on “Booster Gold,” in general. Story threads going all the way back to their first issue are picked up and resolved, and I have to given them credit for not only coming up with a final surprise to close out the book, but one that genuinely surprised me and made me eager to see where they’d go from here.
Except, of course, they’re not going to; it’s their final issue, and there’s still no official word for who the new permanent writer will be after a two-issue guest stint by Chuck Dixon. Fortunately, Dan Jurgens and Norm Rapmund are sticking around. As the original creator of Booster Gold, having Jurgens on the title is a great nod to the character’s roots, but he and Rapmund are doing a great job regardless of past connections to the character. Their square-jawed, heroic art style is a good choice for “Booster Gold”, able to draw just about anyone in DC’s past or future that’s needed, but just as easily able to tackle those quiet, more emotional moments that make the book really worth reading.
So where does the book go from here? Hopefully in exactly the same direction. Johns, Katz, Jurgens, and Rapmund shepherded the book over the course of the last year. This has been a blast, and with a conclusion like this, I’m glad I was on board to see it happen. Good, good stuff.