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Booster Gold #31

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Booster Gold #31

Without ending the series, this issue of “Booster Gold” ends an era: the Dan Jurgens era. Stepping away from his trademark hero, Jurgens offers one final issue featuring the adventures of Michael Carter before the new creative team takes over next month.
This issue is standard fare for the title under Jurgens. It’s an issue that is completely approachable and completely appropriate for all ages. As Jurgens has done all the while, the issue has strong art and an enjoyable story, but it doesn’t offer cataclysmic change.
This issue is textbook placeholder material. Jurgens uses this issue to settle some outstanding issues between Booster and his sister, sets up some plot devices for his stories elsewhere, but also clears the board nicely for the new creative team who step in next issue with the task of bringing “Booster Gold” in line with the events spinning out of “Brightest Day,” specifically those events that are set to occur in “JLI: Generation Lost.”
While Jurgens is leaving this title for now, it is worth noting that he won’t be leaving Rip Hunter and Booster Gold for very long. They’ll meet up again in “Time Masters: Vanishing Point,” as announced on CBR. Jurgens even goes so far as to set up that series with the last page of this issue.
Jurgens and Rapmund are operating with the same mind and line in this story, as their art is as solid as ever. It’s clean, crisp, and detailed to the point it needs to be without being an overwhelming visual assault. Hi-Fi’s colors in this issue are bright and bold, matching the heroic outlook of the titular character as he comes to grips with his role and his place in the greater scheme of things.
As if to sum up everything he has done with the character to this point, Jurgens also offers us one more peek at the chalkboard in Rip Hunter’s Arizona Time Lab (which in and of itself sounds like a great moniker for a bar and grill). Whether those clues play out here or in the “Time Masters” title remains to be seen. One thing that is certain, however, is the visibility of Booster Gold as a character. Jurgens has done a fantastic job of sustaining the worthiness of this character to carry his own title while avoiding making this character anything he isn’t. Booster here is as troubled with his failures as he has always been, and strives to hide them under a bold exterior. In this issue, however, that bold exterior is relaxed a bit since the characters Booster interacts with are Rip and Michelle, Booster’s sister.
“Booster Gold” has been a consistently entertaining title since spinning out of the aftermath of “52” and this issue is just as entertaining, if not heavily burdened by consequence.