Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Batman #47 Review



Back To The Future


Written By: Tom King
Art By: Tony S. Daniel, Danny Miki, Sandu Florea, Tomeu Morey, Clayton Cowles
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: May 16, 2018


Let's jump back into Batman and see if Tom King can wrap this Booster Gold arc up in a satisfying way that will make the rest of the story make sense and hopefully revert Booster Gold back to the hero that he was before this arc started........ Yeah, that's a tall order, but I need some kind of takeaway here that makes this feel like it was worthwhile.  Let's jump into this issue and check it out and see what Booster Gold is going to do now that Thomas and Martha have been killed.......... not to mention, this alternate timelines Batman and Catwoman.  Let's check it out.


For our final issue in this arc we see that we jump another year ahead in the timeline, where Bruce Wayne has need for a time machine more than anyone else in his mind.  While this gets our story started and really, the only way we could possibly end this, it really doesn't move much after that besides for a recap of Booster Gold's origin and some back and forth banter that's supposed to play as the humorous part of this book, but really, both just feel really forced.


While the art remains the high point of this series and in this issue, I can't say that we really get anything out of this issue that makes Batman stronger or weaker as a character, since he's only in this issue for the last page and doesn't say anything.  What we get instead is the complete destruction of a character that many love and while there was a moment where we could have had a Booster Gold that came out of this no worse for wear, Tom King instead decided that ruining Booster Gold was for the best this issue, leaving him as a damaged character going forward.  


All in all, this final chapter didn't do much for this arc except for get everything back to the way it was before it began and I still don't know why Booster Gold thought any of his plan to give Bruce Wayne this gift would have worked since he's familiar with how time travel works.  It seems to just be an exercise in making Booster Gold look like a piece of shit and if that was the intent....... Well, Tom King succeeded.  Like I said, the art in this issue is amazing and I love Tony S. Daniel on this book, but this issue and this arc as a whole was pretty terrible and nothing seemed to make sense throughout.  Luckily, not much needed to make sense for what came before in this issue and we moved forward just to get back to where we were originally and because of that, it wasn't as bad as we've gotten before............ unless you're a Booster Gold fan, but even with that, it's nowhere near good.

Bits and Pieces:

This arc finally comes to an end and while this issue is everything you'd expect it to be to get back to our status quo, Booster Gold comes out of this looking like one of the worst characters ever and I just really hope that whoever takes on the character next just forgets all about this arc.  The art is great, but the story is nonsense.  

4/10
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15 comments:

  1. Phew, it was all a dream or was it a nightmare?
    At least Booster learnt not to mess with the timeline and maybe he could now become a guardian of time? Maybe team up with Rip Hunter... damn this thing rights it's self!

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  2. I seriously don't know why I keep reading this comic.

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    1. you are secretly punishing yourself

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  3. After this adventure, Booster better rethink how he is a hero. Like omg worse gift ever. Making him see his parents die again!! “Congrats on your wedding and btw to make sure you remember the night your parents die, front row seats!”

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    1. lol...what a gift!!! I also want it to be cannon that Booster has fat increase and decrease powers. Somehow, shaving his beard and hair also put all the weight he lost being chained up in the cave.

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    2. Yea at that point I’m like screw it nothing makes sense. If Tom King actually does do 100 issues of this, I really need to start drinking before I read Batman. Maybe then it won’t get me frustrated as much. Would have been less frustrated if it said this story took place before the Action Comics story. Could get behind that now he has learned his lesson

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  4. Since this whole thing isn't remembered by anyone but booster and the looks bad and cat are giving him at the end...this 3 issues was all just a setup to get Booster crazy (of course from alt Bruce chaining him up and not feeding him) so that Tom King has a fan favorite character to use for his Sanctuary story. Such horseshit!!!! Instead of doing a story naturally, he forced it with booster going 100% against character.

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    1. Tom King confirmed on Twitter that he has big plans for Booster Gold. So that's another character ruined for long term fans, that guy must have some incriminating photos stashed away!

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    2. Please, God. . .Let Tom King decide to leave Batman and write an Elseworlds fan-fiction reboot/ deconstruction of Justice League Europe starring Booster Gold instead. If Booster must be sacrificed to save Batman. . .so be it!

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  5. A waste of money, the murder of a Booster Golds heroism, and proof dc needs to stop it with this bullshit "Time Travel" motif ever other damn month. Time Travel stories should special not just "another week at dc". Not even the Beautiful Art can save this book for what it deserves.
    2/10

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    1. sadly, you are 100 % right!

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    2. You have to ask what the editors actually do at DC and whether they have any control over their creators.

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    3. I think your right Bobbie, maybe if dc's editorial team had a bit more power in terms of "oh..Mr. King before you hand us this story we sorta of have this requirement of at the very least read 2-3 runs of a character before you use them". Result, at very least would be Characters-In-Character, now tell me is that to much to ask of dc?

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  6. Eric, I think your score is about 4 higher than I would go...

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