Hal Pictures Green Lantern Butt's FOREVER!: Booster Gold #11

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Monday, August 18, 2008

Booster Gold #11

And here we have Chuck Dixon taking over for a couple of issues after Geoff Johns departure, and I have to say that he's done a very nice job of it. I also just read that Dan Jurgens is going to get the writing chores following this two-issue arc, and I'm pleased as punch.

If you are a Killer Moth fan, then this is the book for you! Killer Moth and assorted henchmen are busy robbing a museum, when Batman and Robin show up to thwart them. Oh, and an odd looking little man with giant glasses is wandering around as well. Unfortunately for him, he's nabbed by...Batgirl! Did I mention that this all obviously takes place in the past? She grabs some sort of doohicky from the guy with the glasses, and unfortunately for her, changes history!

And this is where Booster, Rip and Michelle come into it. They have to go back and fix things, or else Gotham City won't have a Batman in it, and that is not a good thing apparently. So...into the Time Sphere they go, back to find the little guy with the glasses meeting Killer Moth with a proposition. Booster gives Killer Moth a big punch to the face, and assumes his identity, then has to rustle up some henchmen. On the plus side, he DOES get to drive around in the Mothmobile, which looks like a purple version of the old television batmobile, except it has giant purple antennae.

I...I love this book.

Booster is doing pretty good bossing his henchmen around. When one of them questions why they are in such a hurry, he answers..."do I USUALLY explain stuff like that to you?" The henchman replies in the negative, and Booster comes back with ..."Then I'm not starting NOW!" Then when they question whether or not some of the stuff actually has any value, he declares..."Less questions. More bashing and stealing." It is obvious that Booster pretty much loves his job, however much he may piss and moan to Rip.

Anyway, when the dynamic duo DO show up, Booster/Moth take them out VERY easily, while Skeets (disguised with adorable little moth wings) shows up and takes down Batgirl. The little guy with glasses concludes his business with Booster/Moth and then disappears, proving that he's a Time Traveller as well.

So you would think that that would be that. Except that the little guy with the glasses is actually Wiley Dalbert, a physicist from the 27th century, who created his OWN time travelling device, that forms a tachyon field around himself. I don't know precisely what that means, but goshdarnit, it SOUNDS so impressive. So, this Wiley guy, can only travel in one direction, so he goes back to Gotham City in the 1870s, and lived as a millionaire philantropist. But somehow, all of this creates a glitch in the time stream, since Wiley handing over a million dollar cheque to Thomas Wayne, means that the good Doctor has to go back on his word about taking young Bruce to the movies, so he doesn't get gunned down, and therefore, the world never ends up with a Batman. But Killer Moth DOES take over. Or something like that.

So, the end result is that Booster for some reason, needs to go back and impersonate Batman. Poor Michelle finds all of this HIGHLY confusing, but Booster just thinks that it's cool. And back they go....

Booster Gold

Oh Booster. You're such a fanboy at heart.

Unfortunately for them, Alfred shows up. And he's not in a particularly friendly mood.

I've never thought of Chuck Dixon as a particularly humorous writer, but he does a pretty good job keeping things on a lighthearted keel here. AND comes up with a heck of a cliffhanger.


At 10:31 AM, Blogger Toriach said...

Hey Sally,

Truly a fun issue. However your own confusion about a salient plot point indicates that unfortunately Mr. Dixon did miss the mark a tiny bit. Which is understandable. Time travel stuff can be tough for even a genius writer to keep a handle on. And it's a fairly small hiccup. Basically the time traveller in the OT (Original Timeline) had settled in the late 18 early 1900's. In Gotham City. Using his stolen loot to act as a philanthropic force for good. However once Batgirl stopped him from reaching the past that meant that anything the did/would do was undone/never happened. Apparently this included the creation of a childrens hospital. So in the revised timeline Thomas Wayne funded such a hospital and to attend its grand opening he had to break his promise to take the family out to a movie. That of course would have been the night that he and Martha were killed.

I had to re-read a couple of times myself to be sure that was what was meant. Ultimately it could have been made a bit clearer but that is really the only minor slip in an otherwise dem fine comic.

At 12:29 PM, Blogger Patrick C said...

Dan Jurgens isn't taking over next, we have another 2 issue fill-in by the Atom-Killer Rick Remender. Plus there will be a different artist for Remender's arc. It's going to be tough to get through that before Jurgens is back.

This was a great issue though! And I actually have the issue of Detective it mentions, when Martian Manhunter came to Gotham to stop that same time traveler, but he got away!

At 4:35 PM, Blogger Sea_of_Green said...

Just the very idea of Booster as Batman is so hilarious ...

What I wanna know is, once Alfred is out of the way, will Skeets get to dress up as Robin? ;-)

At 6:54 AM, Blogger SallyP said...


Remender? I gave him two issues of the Atom, before quitting, since he had managed to kill off ALL the humor from the book. I am therefore a bit wary, since Booster Gold is a book that relys rather heavily upon humor. But I understand that Dan Jurgens is coming eventually, so I suppose I can tough it out.

Sea, you just know that Booster is going to have the time of his life.

At 4:51 AM, Blogger Mikey said...

I've always found Booster kind of annoying, but this sounds great.

On my list it goes!

At 7:30 PM, Blogger aoc gold said...

What Does Little Birdie Say?


What does little birdie say,
In her nest at peep of day?
Let me fly, says little birdie,
Mother, let me fly away,
Birdie, rest a little longer,

Till the little wings are stronger.

So she rests a little longer,

Then she flies away.


What does little baby say,
In her bed at peep of day?

Baby says, like little birdie,

Let me rise and fly away.

Baby, sleep a little longer,

Till the little limbs are stronger.

If she sleeps a little longer,

Baby too shall fly away.

-----by runescape gold


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