Hal Pictures Green Lantern Butt's FOREVER!: Booster Gold #13

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Friday, October 17, 2008

Booster Gold #13

Well, no more Geoff Johns, no more Dan Jurgens, not even Chuck Dixon. Instead we have Rick "I destroyed the Atom" Remender and Pat Oliffe and Jerry Ordway. I admit to having the highest of apprehensions going into this issue.

You know what? Not to worry. Things are fine.

As we begin our tale, Booster and Michelle are just back from a mission, that requires them to only save ONE person, instead of all the people in peril, which distresses Michelle. I imagine it distresses Booster too, but he's managed to deal with the problems of time travel a little better at this point. Unfortunately for them, once they return, they discover that Rip is...well, not quite feeling like himself. Turns out that he has one of those Starro thingies on his face.

May I just state, right here and now, that I LOVE the concept of Starro the Conquerer. Having a giant Starfish trying to take over the world, and having little starfish glommed onto people's faces taking over their minds is a FABULOUS concept. It also makes for a great visual.

Anyway, they fight for a while, but Rip/Starro take off in the GOOD Time sphere, leaving Booster, Michelle and Skeets stuck with the rickety old Time Sphere. This is the equivalent of trying to chase someone in a Porsche, while driving a Pinto. A RUSTY Pinto. I HAD a rusty Pinto once, you could even see the road through the floorboards...but it was great for doing a four-wheel drift in turns...!


By going around in the Time Sphere, Rip/Starro has retroactively TAKEN OVER THE EARTH! The computer monitor showing everyone, including Mount Rushmore with Starrofish on their faces, is priceless. Skeets is ascerbic as usual. When Booster mentions that "...Rip has some tricks under his belt, and now all that knowledge is in Starro's hands!", Skeets points out that Starro HAS no hands. This of course drives Booster crazy, but a minute later, when Skeets downloads the whole NEW history of Earth, Booster is enthralled and wishes he could...er..."...if you had an orifice, I'd kiss it or rub it or something."


They go back in time and prevent Rip/Starro from handing out little Starrofish during the Black Plague in the Middle Ages. Michelle thinks they should just whack Rip over the head or something, but Booster is strangely reluctant. Then the bop back to the present and pick up Daniel, who, it turns out, may have been responsible for the whole mess, from when he borrowed the Supernova suit to go back and rescue a beloved locket that belonged to Rose, on the way back, he found a cute little Starro attached to his leg. So he stuck it in a mayonnaise jar, and sort of forgot about it. Oh Daniel. Even Booster thinks you're an idiot.

Too bad that Rip/Starro, foiled in the past, decided to hop, skip and jump into the future. Then his minions come back and grab Michelle, forcing Booster to go with them...or else! Booster manages to beat up some pretty fun villains who have all been "Starro'ed", but he's finally overwhelmed and thrown into what seems to be a LAKE of Starro-fish, who are glommed all over him, claiming that he's going to murder his own Son! Booster seems more startled by the idea of actually HAVING a son, than getting mind-controlled. Oh Booster.

Anyway...it's a lot of fun, and the art is good, and really, that's usually enough for me.


At 10:46 AM, Blogger ticknart said...

It just occurred to me that the time Daniel went back to was during JLE 26, 27, and 28. At least that's the only time I can remember Starro falling all over Paris. Hooray for time travel!

PS I agree 100% with your opinion on Starro.

At 12:31 PM, Blogger Sea-of-Green said...

Yeah, I always liked Starro, too! Of course, I've always been a total sucker for good-ol'-fashioned space monsters. :-)

Mostly, I'm just relieved that, so far, the quality of Booster Gold hasn't gone downhill in spite of the change in the creative team!

At 3:01 PM, Blogger notintheface said...

Well, Remender/Oliffe aree only going to be around for one arc, and then it's Dan Jurgens doing both the writing and the drawing with Norm Rapmund on inks for the future.

At 7:21 PM, Blogger SallyP said...

I'm delighted to hear that Dan Jurgens is coming back, because I think he's done a fine job. But I WAS pleasantly surprised with Remender and Oliffe's work. There were any number of sly jokes worked into the story...a lot of them almost throwaway moments, but they certainly added to the festivities.

At 10:39 PM, Blogger notintheface said...

I had this great idea for a blog post involving this issue, but I had to abort it because the only scans I could find had the double-page spread as one scan instead of two separate ones. It was going to be called "Ask Starro" and say " Today's question is 'Hey, Starro, what's your favorite Green Day song?' And the punchline was the scan of the starred Chemo, Grodd, Grundy, etc. saying "Welcome to Paradise" But the double-page spread made the lettering too small to read. Oh, well...


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