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The Importance of Family

May 11, 2010

     Booster Gold #31 is the last issue of Dan Jurgens’ run on Booster Gold, and Booster’s pretty pissed off.  He’s angry at what he’s had to do, and he takes it out on a bunch of bady guys with a tank in Metropolis.  One of them runs away, and when said bad guy turns around and shoots at Booster, Booster deflects the blast with his force field.  The problem is that the deflected blast hits a girl’s dog nearby.  Booster flies away, not even knowing what to do, and he goes back in time to the Tunguska Event in Russia, 1908.  Rip Hunter finds him and tries to comfort him, but Booster isn’t happy about it, and he still doesn’t know what to do about Goldstar.  He goes back to Rip’s lab and tells her the trutht, that he couldn’t do anything to save her boyfriend, but that he still loves her, and that they’re family and they’re all either of them have.  Goldstar cries but agrees to stay, and to make him feel better, Rip takes him back to when the dog was shot.  It seems that because they were actually there the first time (check the beginning of the issue, they were there), they could alter time and save the dog.  So a happy ending for all, despite Goldstar losing her boyfriend.  Then, Rip checks out an alarm going off in Vanishing Point that has something to do with Batman being stuck back in time.

     Obviously, this issue wasn’t about major plot revelations or anything like that.  Instead, it was about dealing with the characters and their feelings, and everything that’s left over from the remainder of Rip’s run.  Except for whatever dangerous thing older Booster warned was coming.  Could that be the upcoming events of Time Masters: Vanishing Point, the companion story to Batman: The Return of Bruce Wayne?  Because that’s what I’m guessing.  But I digress.  This issue was really heartfelt for so many reasons.  Poor Booster really has gone through the ringer in the last few months, and it’s great to see an emotional resolution to everything.  Of course, Dan Jurgen’s art was at the same level of quality as it has been for the entirety of his run as well.  Ultimately, though, there’s not much new to say about the story.  It does still kind of run around Booster being comfortable with what he’s doing.  He hasn’t exactly completely accepted causing the deaths of innocents to preserve the timeline, but he definitely isn’t going to stop protecting it altogether.  More fodder for future writers.  Plus, we have a rather blatant advertisement for Jurgens’ next project.  Not that I mind or anything, since I am going to buy it.  Overall, though, Jurgens has had a great run on this book, and this issue was indicative of the great understanding he has of… the character he created.  Let’s hope Keith Giffen and J.M. DeMatteis can live up to his standards!

Plot: 8.6      Art: 8.8      Dialogue: 8.8      Overall: 8.7

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