SPOILER WARNING: The following article contains major spoilers for Action Comics #995, by Dan Jurgens, Brett Booth, Norm Rapmund, Andrew Dalhouse and Rob Leigh, on sale now.
It was nearly one year ago that writer Dan Jurgens first teased the post-Rebirth debut of the time-traveling, corporate-sponsored superhero Booster Gold.
Created by Jurgens in the mid-80s, the cult favorite character hadn’t been seen in DC Comics continuity since the launch of The New 52. Perhaps best known for his exploits with Ted Kord/Blue Beetle, Booster’s return in the pages of Action Comics has swiftly reestablished his familiar “time cop” status quo, much to the chagrin of Superman, who’s still coping with the fallout of “The Oz Effect.” However, in Action Comics #995, the Man of Steel’s daddy issues are put on the back burner, as the return of a prominent figure in Booster’s life reveals that perhaps the two heroes have more in common than they think.
As the issue kicks off, Booster and Superman find themselves in Gotham City in the year 2462. This, of course, is significant in its own right because it’s the first time we’ve seen Booster return to his home timeline since stealing the time sphere and traveling back to the 20th century.
Unfortunately, Booster isn’t able to enjoy this unexpected homecoming. Not only are he and Superman still dealing with their Eradicator problem from the last issue, but he’s also a wanted man in this era. Thus, it doesn’t take long for his presence to attract some unwanted attention.
While Superman and Skeets flee to protect the time sphere, Booster, who was knocked unconscious in the battle with the Eradicator, is taken into custody by the local authorities. As he starts to come to, we see a blurry, yet somewhat familiar face, along with a word balloon that reads, “Wake up, son.” It doesn’t take long for us – or Booster – to realize that the cellmate is none other than Booster’s father, Jonar Carter.