Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Booster Gold/The Flintstones Annual #1 Review

Gotta Get Back In Time

Written By: Mark Russell
Art By: Rick Leonardi, Scott Hanna, Steve Buccellato and Dave Sharpe
Cover Price: $4.99
Release Date: March 28, 2017

It’s annuals week at DC and what better way to celebrate it than to team up our favorite DC heroes with Hanna Barbera characters? Well I could think of better ways to celebrate it but here we are. Booster Gold meets The Flintstones. Immediately, it seems like a bunch of nonsense like most of the other crossovers sound like. But is it total nonsense or is there fun to be had? Let’s take a look at “Booster Trouble.”

Explain It:

The story here is very simple but very fun. It really captures the feel of Back to the Future Part III but much more extreme. Booster Gold must go back in time to stop the invasion of the Gorak of 2472 A.D. Gotham City. In doing so, he goes far back enough to reach the stone age, 20,000 B.C. Bedrock and runs into The Flintstones and is stuck since his time machine broke because he ran into a Gorak visiting Bedrock to spread peace, killing him. The future is now even more broken and it’s up to Booster to go back to the future and fix the problem he inadvertently caused so he can get back to his date.

The story is so goofy but I actually really liked it. The goofiness of Booster fits so well in the world of The Flintstones, bringing in that cartoon flavor. The humor actually got pretty dark and I absolutely loved it. What’s also hilarious is that the writers set it up for Booster to have a moral epiphany to redeem his character but it turns it completely on it’s head and it’s so great.

The art here is also very good for what it’s used for. It brings in the cartoon vibe that this story calls for yet keeps the feel and look of the current Flintstones run.

The backup for this issue is of The Jetsons and it does not belong here. I know each of these annuals has a new Hanna Barbera comic to introduce as a backup but it’s so morbidly serious that it’s a complete clash for the Booster/Flintstones story. I won’t have this backup affect my rating but I would skip it. For a Jetsons comic, this is a horrible way to set it up and the tone clashes so hard with what I know the Jetsons to be. If this is the tone they’re going for for the Jetsons comic, then I want no part of it. I don’t want to spoil it here, I would recommend reading it just out of curiosity of what I mean.

Bits and Pieces:

Overall I was pleasantly surprised. Booster Gold meeting The Flintstones is a fun and goofy read that I wasn’t expecting to have fun with. The art isn’t anything to write home about but it complements the story quite well. If you don’t read any of the DC/Hanna Barbera crossovers this week, this is the one to read.

1 comment:

  1. For me this book was pure joy. I miss Booster Gold. I don't care if he's pre- or post- or New or Rebirthed...whatever. He just needs to come back.