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No question about it, on the surface, this book seems like it came out of nowhere. And maybe it did. I know I did a double take when I saw it among this week’s new releases. Here’s the thing though, when you actually sit down and read it, you’ll be hard pressed to not see it as the start of something bigger.

Something bigger. What does that actually mean? Well, I don’t actually know. I’m not sure anyone outside DC Comics knows right now. Maybe it’s a new Booster Gold ongoing, maybe it’s not. At the very least, the tag at the end of the issue seem to imply the events of this one-shot are going to have some sort of effect on the “Futures End” story and the “Earth 2: World’s End” story as well. So, let’s actually get into those events shall we? Alright, now, actually having to talk about what happens in this book is where it gets hard. The nature of how the story is told is a bit strange and frankly schizophrenic. It’s a bit hard to follow at first as Booster is hopping, seemingly at random, and certainly unintentionally on his part, through time and possibly the multiverse as well. Stranger still is that these moments of the story as interspersed with scenes of the present day New 52 Booster Gold in captivity and being relentlessly berated to give up some unspecified piece of intel. As the book draws to a close though, the separate plot threads that have been running through the issue seem much closer together and the picture of what exactly has been going on starts getting much clearer.

I’ll be honest, as a singular story, I’m not sure I can say that this was very good. As I said, the rather schizophrenic nature of the narrative can make it somewhat hard to follow. I have to admit however, that Dan Jurgens came up with something comprehendible at the end of it all was actually impressive. What I feel right is more important about this issue, is not this story itself, but the implications it seems to have for the oncoming future of DC’s comics. I am definitely intrigued to see where these events lead, and if Booster gets his own book out of it, all the better.

Score: 7.0

Written By: Dan Jurgens
Art By: Moritat, Dan Jurgens, Norm Rapmund, Will Conrad, Steve Lightle, Stephen Thompson, Mark Irwin, Ron Frenz, Scott Hanna, Brett Booth and John Kalisz
Letters By: Taylor Esposito
Price: $2.99

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