Pegged as a major player in the pending “Flashpoint” event, Booster Gold’s adventures as penned by Keith Giffen and J. M. DeMatteis come to a close in this issue. The duo had a great deal to wrap up, from Rani’s adventures with Boppy (Rip Hunter) to the Perforated Man to Booster’s own chronal leprosy, but they do so in a manner that doesn’t feel like a rushed closing to a series condemned to the cancellation pile. Quite the opposite, as a matter of fact.
Giffen and DeMatteis address the chronal leprosy head-on, which leads to an entertaining interaction between Booster and the Legion of Super-Heroes. That interaction is virtually text book in execution: two heroes meet, have a misunderstanding, fight, reconcile, and move on, but there’s a subtle twist to that story, which, when presented, is more of an “Of course!” moment than a true surprise. Still, the duo makes the visit with the Legion a fun and entertaining visit.
While I’ve enjoyed his time on this series, Chris Batista’s art seems flatter in this issue. The characters don’t have much spring to pop up from the page itself. There’s plenty of detail in the panels of this story, but the panels, in many instances, lack depth. This is more common in the instances where one or two characters inhabit the panel space, and it isn’t throughout the entire issue, but it is more noticeable in this issue than in previous issues.
Giffen and DeMatteis took over the title from Dan Jurgens for a dozen issues, adding to Booster’s mythos in that time, but being careful not to irrevocably change the character. Recognizing the strides the character has made and the audience that enjoys this title, Giffen and DeMatteis delivered stories that were on par with the previous issues, but added a twist to it, revisiting the Legion and the Justice League, Ted Kord, and Scott Free. The end result, embodied by this issue, was a book that was fun, entertaining, and engaging. Every issue had highlights and every issue was a solid read.
From here, though, Booster Gold heads into “Flashpoint,” and Dan Jurgens returns to guide Booster through it. In the words of Rip Hunter, Booster’s “about to be tested – pushed to his limits. . . and beyond.” This issue is a nice spot to meet up with Booster before that leg of his journey begins.