Rip Hunter, Booster Gold, and the other heroes from Vanishing Point take on Skartaris! Will this issue explain what the time travelers are doing in the main Convergence book?
Previously in Vanishing Point: Lying outside the normal space/time continuum, Vanishing Point exists at the last moment of the universe before it ends. Seems like a fitting place for Convergence to take place… or not.
HAVE YOU READ ENDGAME? BECAUSE IT IS KIND OF IMPORTANT
This is the tale of two Booster Golds. One has been around since before Flashpoint, who discovered and saved the multiverse, and who is now its protector. Then there is the New 52 Booster. Deimos (as we’ve discovered in the pages of Convergence) has been collecting time travelers from across time and space. Rip Hunter is looking for his dad, but finds New 52 Booster Gold instead. It’s then revealed that New 52 Booster told Deimos all about Vanishing Point, but we are no closer to finding out what is going on with Telos or Deimos’s plans.
Convergence: Booster Gold isn’t a terrible book. It has a few moments that seem odd and out of place, but the story overall isn’t a bad one. In fact, for those who have read Endgame, and saw what played out with the Booster Gold of old, and the current incarnation in those pages, a lot of this book makes perfect sense. It’s an epilogue of sorts, and one that should have been played up as such in the previous event. This story also takes place well before Telos decides to bring the characters from Earth-2 into the whole Convergence event.
And that is what makes this book so darn problematic. Convergence: Booster Gold is an epilogue for one event and a prequel to the Convergence event. To make matters worse, this book came out four weeks after Convergence kicked off. This would have been a great zero issue to get more people interested in what was going on, but considering Convergence should be attracting new readers, having to be told “Oh by the way everyone, you did read Endgame, right?” is a bit of a turn off.
SNUG FITTING ART
Like the writing of the issue, the art in this book is well done. Had this been a non-superhero book, then the art, inks, and colors would be fantastic. Unfortunately, there are times when the idea that all superhero costumes must be extremely form fitting to the point that the fabric conforms to each and every fold and nook in Booster Gold’s ear is baffling. I understand that comic book super heroes need to wear skin tight closes, but there is a point where fantasy and reality collide to something that is goofy as hell. As far as time travelers go, Booster Gold and Rip Hunter are definitely in my top five. But even Marty McFly knew that a comfortable pair of pants was better than Rip’s skin tight jump suit. In my mind, Rip should be wearing something more along the lines of an aviator flight suit, with all sorts of pockets and folds. Just my two cents, of course, but it seems in a modern age of story telling we are still seeing an awful lot of painted naked people running around.
Still, seeing a nearly full page of time traveler’s locked in boxes is exciting, and I would be very interested to know if the capturing of those characters happened in Endgame, or if we are expecting a spin-off series to tell that tale.
BOTTOM LINE: WEEK ONE RELEASE
I can understand holding off on this book until after the heroes in the main book had a chance to see Deimos doing his evil deeds, but even in Convergence, we didn’t really understand what he was doing. Convergence: Booster Gold #1 should have been a week one book instead of something that wraps up the first month, but that leads to a whole Chicken or the Egg argument in storytelling. This book wasn’t terrible, it was actually quite interesting to see Rip realize the New 52 Booster wasn’t his father and the New 52 Booster realizing he’s not the greatest of all the Booster Golds out there. The art is really good, especially during the Lizard Men sequences. Overall, if you are okay with a major jump in storytelling, have read everything related to Endgame, and have travelled with the New 52 Booster in his adventures, then you’ll love this book. For the rest of you, you are probably confused by the appearance of Per Degaton, Wave Rider, Time Trapper, Monarch, David Clinton, and the rest.