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A Fateful Day

January 31, 2010

     After Goldstar’s disappearance almost a year ago, Booster Gold is finally ready to go look for his sister.  Except that he doesn’t know that what he’s doing is actually going to lead him to his sister.  The U.S. government in the future sends someone to the past for some unknown reason, and after trouncing the Royal Flush Gang, Gold gets marching orders to go back in time to prevent the fiddling with of Hank Henshaw’s transformation into the cyborg Superman.  Coincidentally, Goldstar is in Coast City only a short while later, her new boyfriend’s car having just broken down.  Superman also just recently died, and when Goldstar sees a doomsayer saying that Coast City is doomed, she remembers what is about to happen.  Booster meets with Hank Henshaw and his crew and discovers that the mysterious person sent by the U.S. government from the future is the one trying to mess up the timeline, though she gets sucked back to the future before she can do anything.  And then, Goldstar is met by… Hank Henshaw, as the Cyborg Superman.  In Blue Beetle’s backup, he, Brenda, Paco, and Traci 13 travel to Bialya to figure out what’s going on with his scarab.  However, once he arrives, the scarab, which when it had rebooted, had actually be fixed, takes him over and starts its original mission of taking over Earth.  However, a mysterious person with a shotgun (Peacemaker, anyone?) comes out from the shadows…

     Well, it’s about time Dan Jurgens dealt with this rather dangling plot point.  To be honest, I’m a tad worried how this story will retcon Hank Henshaw’s evil past, but seeing as how that tends to have no effect on what’s actually happening in other comic books, I’ll try to Rjust enjoy it.  However, that’s still the same issue it has been for a while.  Can this book continue to have relevance when the events it contains are not reflected in other books (and really shouldn’t be)?  It’s making me wonder how much longer I can stay interested in Booster Gold, since issues like Rip Hunter and Black Beetle’s true identities have yet to be resolved in favor of more timeline meddling.  This is still a fun and solid story, but that baggage is hanging over it ominously.  Hank Henshaw is also one of the more interesting DC Universe villains, so it’ll be nice to see another take on his early years, despite the potential for the aformentioned fiddling.  Dan Jurgen’s art is as polished as usual, though the transition to John Stanisci’s very sketchy art is quite jarring.  Matt Sturges’ work on Blue Beetle seems to be coming to a close, which does make me sad, as Blue Beetle’s only other appearances are in the atrocious Teen Titans.  He and Mike Norton have done a great job on this character, and at some point, I will have to pick up the trade paperbacks of his solo series so this makes more sense.  So, with great trepidation do I await the results of this latest arc.  I think it will either get me to stay on with Booster Gold forever or end my subscription due to too much timestream meddling.

Plot: 8.5      Art: 8.9      Dialogue: 8.8      Overall: 8.6

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