Booster Gold: Futures End #1

No stranger to the "Futures End" story, Dan Jurgens revisits his most famous creation and brings along a legion of artistic collaborators in "Booster Gold: Futures End" #1. With both "Multiversity" and "Futures End" on comic book racks and a time-traveling character, like Booster Gold, in the starring role of this book, Dan Jurgens appears to have opened up the multiverse for his partners.

On its surface, "Booster Gold: Futures End" #1 appears to simply be a collection of stopovers in various time periods and/or on various planets, but Jurgens lays down a sequence that flows under and around the various time stops. That situation is what drives the adventure, as Booster Gold is pressed for answers and tortured in a most stressful manner. Jurgens isn't afforded the luxury of deconstructing Booster Gold in the pages of "Booster Gold: Futures End" #1, but the story itself moves along just fine -- presuming everyone knows just enough about Booster to accept the story.

Jurgens doesn't limit himself to the "current" New 52 DC Universe, either, bringing Booster into close quarters with some fan favorite characters, like Kamandi, the Legion of Super-Heroes and Justice League International. Each stop is calibrated to the artists' style, or perhaps each artist has dictated the stop incurred along the way. Some surprises crop up, like Steve Lightle hitting the panels with a set of characters he made famous and Ron Frenz turning in a magnificently-executed salute to Jack Kirby, as the story finds ways to celebrate the diversity of the DC Universe. Brett Booth's scene plays to Booster's emotions and depends on successful facial expressions to succeed, the same path Jurgens sets in his pages. Colorist John Kalisz tackles the work of the phalanx of artists, adding connective tissues to this story that bonds with and strengthens Jurgens' scenes. The colors go beyond simply tying it all together, though, as Kalisz ratchets up the emotions throughout this issue, with deep reds shifting to maroon and purple amplify the uncertainty present in Booster's predicament.

Many of the "Futures End" one-shots give readers a one-and-done adventure. Maybe some teases are fed, or some concepts alluded to, but in "Booster Gold: Futures End" #1, Jurgens gives readers a slice of Booster Gold's life. This is just a peek, but it is absolutely vital to other books coming out from DC and likely leads back into the "Futures End" event and perhaps beyond. I'd love to see more of Booster Gold, and the story ideas Dan Jurgens has seeded here could certainly support a twelve-issue run or more.

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