Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Convergence: Booster Gold #2 (2015) Review

What's the (Vanishing) Point?

Written by: Dan Jurgens
Art by: Alvaro Martinez and Raul Fernandez
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: May 27, 2015

Last Month's issue of Booster Gold was very different than the usual tie-ins.  First off, it didn't feel like a tie-in at all, but more a continuation of the Booster Gold stories from before the New 52, through Futures End up to the present Event.  It answered a lot of questions for those following Booster through these stories but must have been very confusing for someone jumping in looking for a little fun.  However, ending the book with (one) Booster meeting up with Blue Beetle promised that this issue would be nothing but a good time, right?  Well, it's hard to have a good time when your dying, but a crazy story filled with mistakes doesn't help either.

The issue opens up with Blue and Gold back again.  Of course, Ted wonders why Booster looks older and when Micheal gets another one of his "attacks", Ted jumps in to help his buddy.  Unfortunately, there isn't much to do for him, but that doesn't stop a Beetle from trying.

We then visit Michelle, Rip Hunter, and younger Booster as the face Superboy and the Legion of Super-heroes.  I had a big problem when the Legion had powers while under the dome last month and Dan Jurgens explains it here.  It has to do with the chronal energy form Booster and the group messing with the Dome and it feels like a bunch of nonsense to me.  Nonsense or not, it happens again and the group is on the run from the Legion.

I said that the last issue didn't feel like a Convergence tie-in and this is the same.  The problem is, it feels odd now that we've seen more happen in Convergence since the last issue.  I did like the jokes about the Legion in this part, however, and was having a good time reading it even if I was a bit confused with where it was going.

Where it was going was all over the place.  Rip, Booster and Michelle travel outside the Dome for no reason other than to show the reader they can and then head off to find the older Booster.  He's still with Ted and when they finally find him, he is a much older Booster.  I mean great grandfather old. His time traveling sickness is really giving him the business.

That's when Rip comes up with a plan to save his father...Vanishing Point.  They head there and use the Chronal energy to not only save Micheal but transform him into awesome hero with an unfortunately awful name.  He sends everyone back to their own time streams and then rides the wave off to Convergence #8.

I am having a hard time coming up with a rating for this issue.  Again, it is unlike any other Convergence tie-in so I give Dan Jurgens credit there.  While some important things happen on the way to the Convergence finale, not a whole lot else does.  The characters are just there to push everything to the end so we can carry over to the Convergence main book.  There were also at least two times where misplaced word bubbles had the wrong character speaking.  It didn't ruin much because the dialogue in this issue wasn't anything to write home about no matter who was supposed to be talking.

I liked Alvaro Martinez's art, but Raul Fernandez's colors stole the show.  The whole issue looked great from start to finish and if DC ever gives us the Blue and Gold six-issue mini we all want, they should give these guys a call.

Bits and Pieces:

This was another odd somewhat tie-in for Booster Gold.  The crew was not involved in any scheduled fight, but the book feels more important in other ways.  In the end, the book just seemed like an excuse to get a major player involved and heading off to the Convergence finale.  A good looking and somewhat fun excuse, but also one with more than a few unacceptable errors.  In the end, I recommend it to those who have been following Booster and enjoyed last month's issue.  Everyone else should get involved at their own risk.


1 comment:

  1. I feel like I was supposed to be more wowed by the revelations this book contained, but I didn't have the right frame of reference or something. There's a lot of people traveling through time in the DCU. I wonder if they ever have a temporal pile-up?