Convergence: Booster Gold #1

If there was ever a "Convergence" history recap truly needed, it's the one that appears at the end of "Convergence: Booster Gold" #1. Dan Jurgens' script follows a sequence of events leading through "52," the short-lived "Justice League International" from 2011 and "Futures End: Booster Gold." Plus, of course, time travel. For those who have been following the character's path, they'll probably be enthralled, but -- for everyone else -- perhaps not quite as much.

Jurgens' script for "Convergence: Booster Gold" #1 will definitely give you the impression that most -- if not all -- of this has been planned for years. It picks up right where "Futures End: Booster Gold" left off, and we bounce from one location to the next even as a large exposition dump is dropped upon the readers. It's very much an "inside baseball" sort of story, one die-hard fans will find delightful; since it also appears to be a bit of a backbone to "Convergence" as a whole, it also ends up having greater weight than most of the "Convergence" tie-ins.

With all of that in mind, the story itself isn't terribly appealing for those who weren't already looking forward to it. There's a lot of telling rather than showing here, and getting recaps from different characters on the state of each other as well as the multiverse is probably less than riveting material for those not predisposed to love it. There's a cliffhanger that will delight fans of the character from back in the 80s and 90s but, on the whole, there isn't a lot of punch to this story. That's a shame, if only because the main "Convergence" miniseries lacks a strong draw for non-"Earth 2" fans; this could have served as a good substitute to keep readers interested in the event overall.

Alvaro Martinez, Raul Fernandez and Chris Sotomayor tackle the look of "Convergence: Booster Gold" #1, and that look is consistent and inviting. They handle the multiple versions of Booster Gold, keeping them visually distinct while still clearly the same person, and the action sequences are easy to follow. Occasionally, it feels like Martinez is trying to cram a little too much onto a single page, though; when one of the Boosters suddenly vanishes into the time stream, for example, it's in a panel that's a little too small for what it's trying to show us. The end result is a moment that should have great impact but is so tiny that I suspect some readers may actually miss it the first time through.

"Convergence: Booster Gold" #1 is going to delight a small handful of readers who have been waiting for this moment for quite a while now. For everyone else, though, it's just a completely average book. It's not bad, but it could have been a great deal more engrossing, too.

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