Booster Gold #19

Story by
Art by
Norm Rapmund, Dan Jurgens
Colors by
Letters by
Sal Cipriano
Cover by
DC Comics

This issue of "Booster Gold" wraps up the latest storyarc and actually spends a great deal of time illustrating the process of Booster putting his toys away after the "Reality Lost" story. Jurgens uses this issue as a breather of sorts. He takes a few pages to set up the next stories, but the majority of this issue focuses on Booster Gold getting everything he borrowed back to its proper place in the time/space continuum so as not to disrupt the flow of the future -- or the past -- too terribly much.

Jurgens pulls double-duty of a sort, by having Booster Gold and Booster Gold (no, that wasn't a typo) discuss the ramifications of teaming up in the timestream. The slightly older Booster tries to enlighten his younger self about the hazards of saving someone from his or her fate, as regular readers of this series know from the storyline wherein Booster tried to save Ted Kord (Blue Beetle) from his fatal encounter with Maxwell Lord. While the Boosters are rocketing back to their entry point, Goldstar (Booster's sister) realizes that her fate has long since been sealed, but decides to take matters into her own two hands, setting up what is certain to be a milestone event in the making.

Jurgens does a great job of wrapping up the pieces from the "Reality Lost" storyline while also seeding the upcoming stories in the next few issues of "Booster Gold." Advance solicits have revealed that the Wolfman-Perez era Teen Titans will be a focus, and this issue provides the genesis of that.

Jurgens' art is as solid in this issue as it has been in nay issue of this series. Of course, it might help out a little that the character range required of this issue is pretty tight. After all, he's drawing Booster Gold and Skeets times two. That said, Jurgens is meticulous in making certain that his Boosters are the same character with slightly different attributes. Booster the younger has a little more bounce in his posture and carries a happier expression. It also helps that Jurgens knows exactly what the writer expects. Hmmm. Maybe Jurgens the writer is sitting right next to Jurgens the artist in a timesphere when this book was created.

For a time-travel-fueled series, this book has been remarkably approachable -- even this issue, which wraps up things from a four-part story while setting the table for the next multi-parter sure to follow. Booster's conversation with himself in this issue really gives the reader a chance to grasp the overall concept of the series. A little more action would have propelled this issue to four-star territory, but when a quiet issue can read this well, that speaks volumes for the series, in my opinion.

This series is three issues shy of the twenty-five issue run from the previous volume of "Booster Gold" -- a mark this title is guaranteed to break, given that it is slated to have a "Blue Beetle" co-feature starting with issue #21. I'm sure this title will gain a few more readers in June, but why wait until then? Jump into the timestream, the water's fine!

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