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Booster Gold #24

Posted: Monday, September 14, 2009
By: Andre Lamar

Dan Jurgens
Dan Jurgens, Norm Rapmund(i), Hi-Fi(c)
DC Comics
Plot: Rip Hunter must reassemble the Titans in order to defeat Trigon.

Comments: The demon Trigon is quickly turning an alternate Earth into a wasteland, and Booster Gold is doing his earnest to stay out of harm's way. Although the demon catches the hero, Black Beetle convinces him to not kill the time-traveler. Meanwhile, in an underground location, Rip Hunter receives help from Kyle Rayner, Zatanna, Raven, and Green Arrow in restoring the Titans.

Dan Jurgens is great at compartmentalizing humor, seriousness, and expressing the different personalities of each hero and villain in this issue. From the opening panel, the reader is thrust into a chaotic moment in which Booster Gold is surrounded by millions, if not trillions, of human skulls; while evading the energy blasts of Triton. Despite this commotion, the writer cleverly caters to Gold's witty personality as he remarks, "And he's doing his best to fry me."

Aside from the humor, and there's certainly more of it, I was pleased by the performance of each character. Trigon is conveyed as the unstoppable, deep-voiced, wrecking ball; Green Arrow speaks his mind and loses his temper; Black Beetle demonstrates loyalty to no one.

As if fine storytelling wasn‘t enough, Dan Jurgens proves his hand at penciling and gets the job done. As well, Hi-Fi's coloring is impressive. Their portrayal of Booster's metallic suit appears rich, and it's as if I'm staring at a real precious metal. Not to mention the fact that Norm Rapmund's inking successfully assists in lending texture and detail to Jurgens' illustrations.

Sadly, Booster Gold #24 is occasionally flawed with stiff and bland character designs. The majority of these illustrations occur during "long-shot" perspectives, in which the people and environments are scaled smaller in size. However, it's no coincidence the art shines at its best when close-ups and medium shots are used. Most likely, those formats prove more successful since Rapmund and Hi-Fi aren't restricted by the amount of detail they can add in a panel.

In brief, Booster fans will enjoy Dan Jurgens' clever storytelling. Although there are a few hiccups in the artwork, this problem doesn't overpower the consistency of nice visuals these artists have provided.



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