Booster Gold: Futures End #1 Review

Writen by: Dan Jurgens

Art by: Various

Published by: DC

Ever since 52, Booster Gold has often been used to tease DC’s upcoming events, his time traveling hijinks with Rip Hunter often serving as the perfect way to give us a glimpse into the publisher’s future. So with a one shot being solicited as part of DC’s Futures End month many of us were expecting some tie to whatever DC are planning for their April 2015 event, boy were we right. While I don’t want to give anything away in this review, I will say those who want to be on the pulse as to what DC have coming then this is definitely a book you should check out (as well as this week’s Superman: Doomed #2). For those who want a more detailed review of the book (without spoilers) please do read on.

Aside from all the excitement regarding DC’s upcoming plans, this book manages to be fun if a little repetitive. The story follows the future Booster that appeared last in Justice League International annual #1 (how far we’ve come) and it’s nice to see both that plot thread return as well as seeing Booster back in action, plus who doesn’t want to see Booster Gold fight lion people? Unfortunately the dialogue is a little bit too clunky which gives the book a very “90s” feeling for lack of a better term, it’s nothing terrible, just a bit distracting. The plot is also pretty repetitive at times, it follows Booster being pulled through random time zones without much inclination as to why while somewhere else our version of Booster is interrogated by an unknown threat. There are some nice cameos and intriguing moments as the story builds towards an exciting crescendo as things start to come together, although for the most part the book feels like it’s treading water before it tips its hand.

The art is similarly serviceable, though does little to stand out or provide anything overly memorable. The artists at least work well together, each draws a different time that Booster gets lost in which gives each era a distinctive feel and look and helps smooth the transition between artists. Much like the dialogue, the art isn’t bad per se, it’s perfectly decent and in some regards is actually pretty good, just nothing that’ll knock your socks off.

Overall, regardless of the flaws this is still a book I’d recommend you check out; many of you may already know why but I still chose not to spoil it for those who aren’t aware. I’m highly excited to see where things go from here, April can’t come soon enough. I’ll see you all again when worlds and futures end.