New Comic Day hangover

Okay, so I’m a few days late on this one.  At least it’s within the week, right?  Be quiet now and let’s get to it.

This week, we’re looking at…

  • Booster Gold #37 in which everything gets more chaotic than usual.
  • Justice League: Generation Lost #11 in which Max Lord avoids the future by making the present more like it.
  • And X-Men #4 in which we get a whole lot of talking.

The usual SPOILERS past the jump warning is in effect.

Booster Gold
Keith Giffen and J.M. DeMatteis continue their good-natured romp through the past to get around the fact that Ted Kord is dead.  When last we left our heroes, Beetle had repeated sexed up an alien Queen who turned him into a chipmunk after he tried to duck out of marrying her.  This issue, things get so bad for Booster (Beetle gets swallowed whole, Booster gets courted by an alien psycho who plans on sexing him to death upon escape) that he finally gets so frustrated that he simply hops a bit into the future and asks Beetle how the whole thing played out.  The scene was hilariously clever, but it made me realize upon looking back at it that this storyline has undermined the entire premise of the Booster Gold series.

The thought of this adventure is that being that Beetle is dead in the present, nothing that happens during this adventure matters.  Everything that happens will inevitably be worked out and end up nice and neat, since in the present Beetle makes it to Max Lord and gets shot in the head.  To hammer home the fact, Booster goes forward and asks Beetle how they got out of the seemingly hopeless situation.  What, then, is the entire point of Booster’s mission through time alongside Rip Hunter?  The thought is that someone goes back in time and messes with things, then Booster shows up and prevents it, maintain order in the timestream.  But by being present in the past, Booster himself is messing with the timestream.  So its written off as “this actually happened, so it’s no big deal”, but why?  Why is Booster’s actions here different than what Black Beetle did back during Geoff Johns’ run? 

The answer is simply “It just is.  Don’t worry about it.”  And for the sake of this story, I’m more than happy to do that.  After all, Ted Kord is my favorite hero ever.  And this issue has a ton of enjoyable stuff in it.  But eventually, I hope that Booster will get back on point.  I suppose it may have to wait until Justice League: Generation Lost ends before he can, though.

Justice League: Generation Lost
Last issue, we learned that Max Lord is out to prevent the climactic battle of Kingdom Come, which DC has apparently forgotten is an Elseworlds story.  This issue, Max Lord goes about trying to prevent Kingdom Come by creating one of the characters in Kingdom Come.  I can’t imaging there are too many people out there who consider themselves huge fans of the Metal Men, but I’m sure there are some.  Those few can’t have been amused by this issue, as the group is once again brainwashed and even merged into one gestalt being called Alloy.  Alloy, you may have noticed, was one of the members of Magog’s team, along with Captain Atom, who created the nuclear massacre in Kingdom Come.  So thus far, Max Lord has tried to prevent the story by recruiting two of its characters and putting them together for the first time.  Okay.

The real story, besides the utter wasting of the Metal Men, is an upgrade in Ice’s powers.  It seems like for the sake of this story (and the DCU in general), Justice League happenings after Doomsday but before Grant Morisson’s relaunch of JLA are being politely ignored.  And believe me, that’s not a bad thing.  We’re not getting reminders of Booster Gold’s bulky Rocket Red armor, Black Condor and Agent Liberty’s runs as JLA members, or the Martian Manhunter/Bloodwynd debacle.  But unfortunately, we have also seemed to lose the development of Ice’s character from naive, innocent foil to Fire’s rambunctiousness into true ’90s heroine.  Okay…maybe that wasn’t the best way to put that.

Anyway, tragedy at home led to Ice getting a great deal of self-confidence and sporting an outfit that showed off way more cleavage than most of the era (and that’s saying something).  And then right in her moment of grandeur, she was suddenly killed off for no real reason.  Sure, she got better, but gone was her development and she went back to the way she was.  Now, it looks like Winick and Giffen are trying to redevelop her, and its a welcome change.  Sure, the same problem of this book doesn’t seem to be going anywhere applies, but we won’t hold that against it.  Maybe next issue.

So we’re still doing the vampire thing, huh?  In this 4th part of the 6-issue story, we get a little bit of X-Men fighting off vampires while Cyclops and the vampire leader trade threats and Wolverine acts like a douche bag.  If my summary seems a bit light, it’s basically because not a whole lot happens in this issue.  It’s becoming apparent that this story does not need to be six issues, and despite the numerous one shots being tied to it, Curse of the Mutants simply isn’t that big of a deal.  And every line Wolverine tosses out falls flat to me, because there’s nothing that’s going to convince me that he’s not faking until the big climactic moment.  He’s Wolverine.  Come on.

Next Week
Light week for me, but since it’s two of my favorite books, I’ll try to go at lot more in depth for them.

  • New Mutants #18 sees Magik battling hell soldiers.
  • X-Factor #210 sees the team square off against Hela and Rictor and Wolfsbane deal with some baby issues.

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