|"The All-New Booster Gold" #1 on sale this month|
Those are two words I never thought I would happily pen at the top of an article. You see, while the world is full of Booster Gold fans, "Formerly Known as the Justice League" or Super Buddies fans, and even Booster/Blue Beetle slash fiction fans, you couldn't count me among any of them. It wasn't like I was lining a birdcage with mint copies of "Booster Gold" #1 or anything; it's just that the character made me turn my nose up in comic book snobbery. Booster Gold was to me what professional wrestling is to the tea and crumpets crowd: It was lowbrow.
Then "52" came along and DC killed Booster Gold. I was happy to see him go. I reveled in the pain and anguish of Booster Gold fans and gleefully read every enraged fan's demand for Dan DiDio's head.
Then something happened. Booster came back. Booster saved the whole freaking multiverse. And Booster Gold -- unbelievably -- became the kind of hero I could respect.
This August, Geoff Johns, Jeff Katz and Dan Jurgens restart the adventures of Booster Gold, time traveling hero, in "The All-New Booster Gold" #1. In anticipation of this series, CBR News conducted an extensive and candid interview with Johns, Katz and Jurgens, and we now travel into the past of Booster Gold, which begins in the future.
|The original "Boo$ter Gold" #1 by Dan Jurgens|
Enter Skeets, a security robot with a subservient but decidedly quirky personality. Skeets helped Carter pilfer a number of items from the museum, among them a time-displaced Legion of Super-Heroes flight ring and Brainiac 5's force-field belt. Booster and Skeets locate Time Master Rip Hunter's time machine and use it to travel to the 20th century, where Booster is intent on creating a business based around himself and his costumed identity: Goldstar! Yep, Goldstar.
After Booster saves the President Reagan from the shape-shifting villain Chiller (who intended to kill and replace the president), the Prez mistakenly introduces Booster to the world as "Booster Gold."
|Booster Gold was a dubious hero|
Booster settled in Metropolis, and with the popularity garnered by saving the President, set about signing commercial and movie deals. All of Carter's attempts at self-promotion paid off, and he accumulated a small fortune. Using the money, Booster formed Goldstar, Inc. and hired a talent agent named Dirk Davis. During the 1988 DC Comics "Millennium" crossover event (in which the Earth was infiltrated by perennial Green Lantern foes the Manhunters), it was revealed that Davis was a Manhunter in disguise and had left Booster bankrupt. The "Boo$ter Gold" series ended without fanfare in issue #25 (February 1988), but, perhaps surprisingly, Booster's most popular adventures were only yet to come.
|Booster and Beetle, somewhat less than heroic|
This new venture was more in keeping with Booster as we knew him: an avaricious shill. A superhero group with corporate funding, the Conglomerate included Echo, Gypsy, Maxi-Man, Praxis, Vapor and Reverb. Despite Booster's hunger to become rich and famous, his better nature (and that of his team) won out when he discovered that corporate sponsorship often conflicted with his aspirations of true heroism.
|Booster and his old JL friends re-formed as the Super-Buddies|
Booster later joined Captain Atom's team Extreme Justice (which is about as '90s of a team name as you can get). It was during this period that Booster sought an escape from his armored prison, and made a deal with the villainous Monarch, who restored Booster's arm and rescued him from his confinement in the suit. Afterwards, Booster was able to construct new armor that was closer to his original in both appearance and powers. in the distance, a light shown on the horizon for Booster Gold, although it would cost him the lives of many of his friends to reach it.
|Following the death of the Blue Beetle, Booster quit superheroics|
Lord had formed Checkmate in an attempt to keep all metahumans under observation and control. Blue Beetle was captured and, after turning down Lord's offer to join Checkmate, was killed in a shocking scene in which Lord shot a bullet through Beetle's head. Booster only knew that his friend was missing, and assembled old members of the Justice League to find the Blue Beetle. The group encountered Maxwell Lord's OMAC robots and Booster was injured and much of his equipment destroyed. At the end of the "OMAC Project" miniseries, Booster said it was time for him to go home. What followed was the next series that would redefine the character of Booster Gold: "52".
|Booster appeared to have been killed early on in "52"|
Booster's reputation is destroyed by a string of bad decisions based on inaccurate information about the future, as well as his intense dislike of Metropolis's newest protector, a hero named Supernova. In an apparent act of jealous desperation, Booster tried to steal Supernova's thunder by containing a massive explosion and appeared to have been killed. Skeets, who by that time had begun to act stranger and stranger, lured Booster's ancestor, 21 st century man Daniel Carter, to Rip Hunter's bunker and trapped him there in a time loop.
|Booster was Supernova all along|
Mr. Mind, who had by then evolved into a gigantic moth-like monster, pursued Rip and Booster though the timestream. Booster stops in various points throughout history, gathering items he and Hunter will need to defeat Mr. Mind and save the newly discovered 52 Earths of the Multiverse.
As Rip and Booster witnessed the birth of the new Multiverse, Mr. Mind attempted to trap Booster and Rip in the Phantom Zone. Mr. Mind was thwarted by Daniel Carter, who was saved from his imprisonment by Rip and given the Supernova costume.
|"The All-New Booster Gold' #2|
When we started our journey with Booster, he was a shallow and materialistic man. Today, thanks to the events of "52," he is a hero of truly incredible proportions. Booster saved the universe, and in his upcoming series he'll be saving time itself. Fans have been promised a rare opportunity in the new series, a chance to see all of the DC timeline through the eyes of the hero who got a second chance: our hero, Booster Gold.
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