Booster Gold #25

This comic book continues to exemplify comic books for me. In this issue, there is no excessive violence, no extreme gore, no dismemberings, and no disembowelments -- just good old straightforward superheroics with a heaping helping of time-travel.

This issue wraps up some of the dangling threads from the previous story -- most importantly the concern that the "new" Batman might find the photos of Booster Gold that Bruce Wayne kept on file, photos centered around the Joker's attack on Barbara Gordon. Jurgens puts the spotlight full on Booster Gold to handle this predicament as only Booster would. Jurgens also reminds us that Booster Gold is the same Booster Gold we've always known, as he complains about Rip Hunter ruining Booster's chances at having a successful date with Blair (a nice comic-style wink from Jurgens to the cover of issue #24).

Jurgens' art here is as solid as ever. He does a nice job of delivering straightforward superheroic art for this book. He occasionally tries some new or challenging page layouts, but the straightforward story deserves straightforward art without cutesy visual effects or mind-numbing camera angle shifts.

The thing about this book that hit me as I reflected on the fact that this issue number -- issue #25 -- was the last issue of the first volume of "Booster Gold," it occurred to me that to this point, this book is pretty close to the most accessible, mainstream, all ages book DC has on the shelves today. This book doesn't rely on violence, gore, or sex to sell itself. It brings good stories and enjoyable art month in and month out. I hadn't considered "Booster Gold" in this light before until I took the time to reflect on the last time I read a "Booster Gold" #25. Jurgens should be proud, DC should be happy, and you should be reading -- and sharing -- this book!

The fact that this title carries a second feature starring the increasingly popular (due to his multimedia existence -- appearances on "Batman: the Brave and the Bold," and the merchandising that coincides with it) Jaime Reyes Blue Beetle is just an added bonus. This issue's story continues Jaime's skirmish with the Black Beetle. Some revelations are made here, but the story feels like it could have used some more room. While this almost makes up for not having a monthly Blue Beetle title, I think it also restricts what can actually be done with Jaime and his supporting cast.

At any rate, this book continues to be a highlight for me on DC's monthly offering, much in the same way "The Flash" was back in the late 1990s and early 2000s. While Booster Gold is a title firmly grounded with both feet in the DC Universe, it is not DC's standard fare, and in this case, that's a good thing.

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