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Booster Gold #13-22 (DC) by Dan Jurgens, Gary Martin (#13), Mike DeCarlo (#14, 18), Bruce D. Patterson (#15), Bob Lewis (#16), Arne Starr (#17, 20), Al Vey (#19), Ty Templeton (#21-22), Gene D’Angelo (#13-15, 17-22), Bob Lappan (#13, 17), John Costanza (#14, 18), Agustin Mas (#15), Albert de Guzman (#16), Duncan Andrews (#19), Steve Haynie (#20-22), Barbara Randall
Booster Gold is kind of a jackass. My previous exposure to the character had always been in the context of the Justice League, so I knew he was cocky, but the true depths of his self-importance surprised me when reading his solo title. Yes, I was aware of his origins as a former star athlete from the future who stole technology from his own time, brought it to our own, and used it to make himself into a superhero. None of that screams altruism, so I suppose I could’ve expected the brash, reckless, in-love-with-himself hero I got, but for whatever reason it caught me off-guard at first. I guess I had always assumed that since he was a professional superhero, he must have a strong core goodness that would trump his immaturity and arrogance when it mattered. In reality, his self-interest is his core, and any genuine goodness that results does so almost in spite of his personality. He likes the superhero lifestyle, but his enjoyment comes first from the thrill and then from the fame, with any satisfaction he gets from actually helping someone or fighting evil being largely incidental. He’s not a bad person; he has loose morals that guide him and the hint of a sincere desire to be better and do more. Yet all of that keeps getting overshadowed by his continued focus on maintaining his public image, getting rich, womanizing, and having fun. Continue Reading »
Inside this episode! We have a review of Justice League Dark #0 and National Comics Rose & Thorn #1 (one-shot). We then have Maddy back for good old times! We mostly talk about Sword of Sorcery (Amethyst) and the controversy surrounding the first issue and the grim and gritty trend of the entire DC 52…this leads to our realization that DC editorial must have a “Grim & Gritty Wheel!” – first listener to design said wheel gets…um…nothing…but the pride of having done something awesome? Maddy gives us a well deserved Chick of The Week in the form of Barbara Randall Kesel!
Here are the breaks:
Justice League #0 – 00:50
National Comics: Rose & Thorn #1 (one shot) – 10:08
Maddy is back! – 20:23
Chick of The Week – 117:05
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