After months of Doomsday showing up in other comics (“Action Comics,” “Steel,” and so on) and making them bad, I’d come to the grim conclusion that Doomsday is a not just a Superman-killer, but also a story-killer. It’s nice here to have Dan Jurgens show us that it doesn’t have to be the case.
“Booster Gold” gets to be the other comic published at DC right now where the main character knows that the world of “Flashpoint” is the result of time travel; since Booster’s a time traveler himself, it makes about as much sense as anything else. From there, though, it’s turned into a rather fun little story as Booster Gold stumbles from one bad situation to the next, with the rest of the world not recognizing him and assuming he’s an enemy. It’s a second outsider-view storyline that gives us another good long look at the world of “Flashpoint,” and as much as I hate to say it, it’s more interesting than “Flashpoint” itself.
This version of Doomsday has a bit of a twist on the original, thanks to Jurgens writing the story. It’s good to see him remembering the character’s original appearance, transformation, and even location. It’s a nice nod to people who were reading comics twenty years ago and remember Doomsday’s first appearance, and I must say, the green-suited, red-eyed masked Doomsday is actually a creepier looking villain than what he’s like under all of those wrappings. Jurgens and Norm Rapmund make the “rampaging surgeon” look work well, but that’s not too surprising; in general, the pair’s comics always look good.
A little bit of the story feels a little too coincidental, like Booster just happening to get knocked through the window of another super-powered person in hiding, but I found myself rolling with it and enjoying some of the smaller details. While Booster obviously won’t roll back “Flashpoint” (talk about an anticlimactic end to the mini-series otherwise!) it’s still nice to see him at least trying. (And for those planning on reading his “Justice League International” this September, this issue might just have the first appearance of the mystery character on the cover of “Justice League Internationa1” #1.)
As “Booster Gold” winds down, this is a good a way as any to wrap up the series. Jurgens keeps the character light and fun even when going up against something as dangerous as Doomsday, and that’s just what this book should be.