In the midst of the madness of "Flashpoint," and on the eve of the relaunching of the entire line of DC comics, Dan Jurgens gets to say goodbye to an old friend in the most eloquent way possible. It's a little hokey, a little over-the-top Silver Agey, but it works, not only for "Booster Gold," but also for the entire DC Universe.
This series is able to close with some dignity, which spoils nothing. I will say that Jurgens does seize the opportunity of the converging timelines, storylines, and character beats to play this story through with excitement and adventure and just enough teases of what could have been. He also mixes in an answer of what was and how things may have happened, but not in regards to any grandiose eye opening. It's a small subtle answer, but one that will provide longtime Booster readers with a smile on their faces and satisfaction on their minds.
The art on this book is nowhere near as ramshackle as it could have been, given the quartet of visual contributors. Jurgens teams with his frequent collaborator, Norm Rapmund, to draw the final pages of this volume of Booster Gold. The duo is given the chance to follow up Rick Leonardi and Don Ho, and their interpretation of the "Flashpoint" universe-based tussle between Booster and Doomsday.
Leonardi's art has some tough spots where a little too much is left unstated and open to Hi-Fi to fix, but for the most part it serves the purpose and delivers the story. Hi-Fi obviously had a lot going on color-wise, including giving Booster's gal pal, Alexandra Gianopoulos a color-changing outfit.
There are rough spots in the story, to be certain, but for the most part it provides a nice bit of closure, has a "Red Skies" moment with the main action of the "Flashpoint" series and reminds us all how Booster Gold came to be in this situation.
Like most of the issues before it, this issue – this series – was fun. Sometimes Booster's missions wore thin; sometimes they went by too quickly. In this issue's case, the story was a little jerky, but the ends justified the means and the circumstances allowed Booster to continue to grow as a character.
Set to play a prominent role in "Justice League International" in "The New 52," "Booster Gold" leaves us with a nice set of fun, light-hearted, all-ages appropriate stories. I hope DC gives Jurgens another shot in their new world order, if even for a miniseries.