Booster Gold #38

Giffen and DeMatteis bring Booster's supporting cast back together and have some fun with it. Booster and Michelle get into a sibling spat (complete with immature retorts!) about how Booster has neglected poor Rani. Rani - the orphaned girl that Booster rescued from the far-flung future of the "Great Darkness Saga" - is missing in time and it is up to Booster Gold to find her and return her safely home lest she inadvertently rewrite history. Her reason for going back in time speaks volumes of the type of character she is and the character she possesses. It's also one of the more Giffen-DeMatteis-near-bwah-ha-ha moments of this issue.

For Giffen and DeMatteis, this series is wish-fulfillment on a hot streak as Booster gets a chance to put the hurt on some Nazis mere months (reader time) after visiting the JLI and being locked up in Starlag. While back in World War II, Booster meets up with General Glory and Giffen and DeMatteis play Glory over the top and back again, so much so that I can only picture Patrick Warburton under General Glory's cowl.

Batista delivers the high quality trademark art I've come to expect from him. As always the characters are expressive and dynamic. The squabble between Booster and his sister is filled with emotions we've all seen and felt, and Batista brings those emotions to the page with body language to match. His characters aren't just locked into place; they fill the page and bring those pages to life. Batista's page layouts are, quite simply, fun. Hi-Fi's colors are bright and shiny, bringing Rip Hunter's lab to life in all of its high-tech majesty. That same shininess is a bit over the top during the war scenes with General Glory, but Booster is generally over the top anyway.

This issue, like many of the issues of this series of "Booster Gold," is a fun read, a wild romp through time and space, guaranteed to trigger migraines in the noggins of folks who hate time-travel stories. This issue, moreso than others, however, feels like it is simply marking time, waiting for something else to happen, that is until we get the reveal of why Rani disappeared and what she hoped to accomplish. It is an unexpected reveal that places a surprising twist on the philosophical time travel question many have posed regarding the opportunity to travel back in time and confront Hitler's mother. This is a good done-in-one story that serves as a decent spot for lapsed readers to catch up on the adventures of the greatest hero the world has never known.

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