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Booster Gold #7

Posted: Monday, March 17, 2008
By: Jon Judy

Geoff Johns & Jeff Katz
Dan Jurgens & Norm Rapmund
DC Comics
“Blue & Gold Chapter 2: O.M.A.C.’D”

Wow. Talk about history repeating.

I…I’m trying to think of something new to say about this book, and I just can’t. My feelings for the last issue pretty much summarize my feelings for this issue, and all indications are that they will apply to next issue as well.

For months now my primary complaint about this title has been that it seems to be arbitrarily designating some events from the DCU’s past as immutable whereas others can quite easily be changed.

Case in point: Just as all signs indicated would happen, we learn in this issue that the act of saving Ted Kord from a nonsensical death at the hands of Maxwell Lord created a new timeline where Max controls Superman and is taking over the world.

Oh. So what’s the point of a series about a guy who runs around the timestream fixing stuff if some stuff simply can be fixed and other stuff, for reasons that are vague at best, simply can’t?

My other running complaint, particularly about this storyline, has been how predictable it has been. This is from my review of Booster Gold #6: “Johns et al. do their best to imply that Rip Hunter will serve as the villain in the next story arc, but logic dictates that this is to throw us off of suspecting the mysterious Blue-Beetle-of-the-future.”

Yeah, well, spoiler alert: I was right.

Now that doesn’t indicate my brilliance as a storyteller – Geoff Johns can’t fool me! – it indicates how by-the-books this story has been.

Of course the surprises might still be to come – it might be that Johns et al are setting us up to expect a story-by-the-numbers only to pull the rug out from under us at the end, but even then I’d be perturbed. If your whole intention is to surprise your readers by not giving them what you’ve led them to expect, you don’t need several issues, at three dollars a pop, to do it! You could give them one story – twenty or so pages – of cliché and then wow them in the last couple of pages.

Instead, I can’t get past this sense of dread as I read this storyline: They’re going to kill Ted again, my heart tells me, and they’re going to milk me for about twenty bucks before they do.

OK, let me set aside my inner-fanboy and try to judge this objectively. Umm…OK, for the first several pages, as Booster and Beetle fight OMACs, the art is woefully underdeveloped. This is not the sort of thing you expect from pros like Jurgens and Rapmund, who have done an excellent job on this series. There is no sense of place on these pages, and it appears as though Ted and Michael are adrift in space or something.

There are some minor logical lapses. Why would Aquaman build an entrance tunnel into a Justice League headquarters that led into a sewer system?

There is plenty to recommend this book as well. For one thing, there is one panel featuring dinosaurs, and any comic book that features dinosaurs, even as briefly as that, is exponentially better for that inclusion. It’s a fact. A quantifiable, verifiable fact. And don’t even get me started on what apes, or ape-like-creatures, can do for a book.

OH! Speaking of which, there is a great reveal on the last page. Seriously, a killer ending here.

Finally, it is still nice to see the Giffen-League getting some respect, but that isn’t exactly objective of me and Beefeater is really best forgotten.

Besides, with a creative team like this I expect more than what I’ve been getting from this book.

Look, if you’re a normal comics fan just looking for a fun read for your three dollars, pass this one by. If, like me, you’re an incurable Blue and Gold fan, plunk down your cash and have fun watching the boys in action again, but caveat emptor.

And if you are one of those incurable fans, see you back here next month when our history repeats some more and I kvetch about this stuff all over again.



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