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Welcome to "What's Actually Good," the bi-weekly look at what's currently out and what's to come in the comic book industry. This week I will be looking at Booster Gold from Geoff Johns and Mark Millar's upcoming Kick-ass.
If you have ever been a longtime fan of any of the myriad comic book heroes, you would know by now that most have exceptionally complicated continuities that only grow more complicated with each issue. Even the most experienced editors and ardent fans find it hard to know it all, let alone understand or control it.
Be that as it may, DC and Marvel still love nothing more than faffing about with the continuities of their own characters to the point of blithering frustration for the fanboys and great confusion for the rest of us. There are a number of reasons they do this: The character is already confusing, convoluted or simply needs a modern reboot, and there are many books that change, warp or outright remove a character's history in favor of a different one.
The examples that first come to mind of course are the different DC Crises, which were seemingly made to bring structure and order to DC's heroes, and the most recent events in Amazing Spider-man, where it seems that now Peter never actually married Mary Jane. Continuity confusion ahoy!
This brings me to a book that not only delves into the continuities of the many different characters its universe possesses but adds to them, is funny in the process and, most importantly, actually works. The book in question is the new Booster Gold series by Geoff Johns, now five issues in.
The story goes that Booster Gold must travel through time with Rip Hunter and right the wrongs of some rogue time travelers so the world's greatest heroes are still around in the future to come. Booster must not only save the universe a million times but also must go about it completely unrewarded and unknown. Hilarity! Over the last few issues he has saved the life of Superman's grandfather, inspired Sinestro to create the Sinestro Corp, made sure lighting hit Barry Allen and tried to save Batgirl from the Joker.
The best thing about this series is it has so many opportunities to be the cliched, convoluted crap that usually comes with being a time travel story but still manages to be entertaining, thoughtful, funny and full of the heart Booster Gold fans love.
If any writer were qualified to delve into the abyss that is DC continuity it must be Geoff Johns. He has had a hold on the DC universe for years now and written for almost every major character. His Flash run was fantastic, his JSA continues to get better and better, and his work on Green Lantern promises huge changes yet to come. Better yet, Johns himself has an obvious love of Booster Gold, inspired by the '80s mini-series and the brilliant JLI book by Giffen of the same era. The new book has the same comedic tone all Booster books should have, and Johns' expertise on the character shows.
Take a look at Booster Gold if you have a real love and vested interest in the future of DC. If you are a fan of the old JLI days with Booster and Blue Beetle, you are going to get a kick out of this, as well. However, if you are new or only really casually interested in the DC universe characters, you might not get as much out of this book as your average fanatic. But that's OK; it's still entertaining enough for anybody to really enjoy. The sixth issue should be available in a few weeks.
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