Story and Pencils by Dan Jurgens
Inks by Joe Prado and Cam Smith
Colors by Hi-Fi
Cover by Dan Jurgens, Trevor Scott and Hi-Fi
Previously: After being rocked by the revelation that Mr. Oz is actually Jor-El, Superman is looking for answers. He discovers that something is wrong with time, and there is a strange fluctuation surrounding the death of Krypton. Desperate for information that might help him reconcile his father’s actions, Superman uses The Flash’s Cosmic Treadmill in The Watchtower to travel back in time to witness his homeworld’s destruction.
What happened: Moments after Superman vanishes into the past, time-traveling superhero Booster Gold shows up in The Watchtower with his trusty robot sidekick Skeets. They have come to stop Superman from going back in time and affecting the past, but have arrived too late due to the fluctuations in time. Before they can pursue Superman into the past, Booster Gold is attacked by The Flash! The Cosmic Treadmill is The Flash’s responsibility and capable of destroying the Universe, and from his point of view Booster is using it without clearance. The two clash and eventually Skeets helps Booster stop The Flash, and the two head back in their Time Sphere with the Cosmic Treadmill to use as a compass to find Superman.
Back at the Daily Planet, Jon Kent is enduring the company of Steve Lombard, the blowhard of the newsroom. Steve tells Jon all about his Booster Gold memorabilia while Lois has a private conversation with Perry White. It seems that Lois’ father, General Sam Lane, has been taken hostage while deep undercover, so undercover that no rescue mission is planned. Lois decides that she has to do something, and won’t let her father die.
Meanwhile, Superman is right where he wants to be: Krypton on the day it exploded. As he prepares to be a silent witness to the death of his home planet, Superman feels a chronal force, maybe a storm or maybe something more intentional, and it pushes him through timelines he finds unfamiliar, until he falls through and lands safely on a living Krypton, but without any idea what year it might be. Booster Gold finds himself encountering similar chronal turbulence, and lands on the same Krypton with Superman. The two find each other after both witness JorEl and General Zod walking together, and Booster Gold tells Superman that time has gone bad. They need to out of their as soon as possible, but they are spotted by Zod’s forces and assumed to be spies!
Thoughts on the issue: We might still be in the aftermath of the Mr. Oz reveal, but this arc already feels like a breath of fresh air after the Jor-El Monologues. We’ve got a classic superhero team up with a character that has been missing from the DCU for some time, as well as adding some much needed levity to the series. In a time when Superman is feeling unsure and struggling with his father issues, it’s nice to get the endearing pair that are Booster Gold and Skeets. It’s no secret that Dan Jurgens (Being the creator of the character) loves Booster Gold as much if not more than Superman, and he joins the art team in this issue to show them how it’s done. The Sam Kent B-plot is sure to add another layer to this story about fathers and the wisdom they impart. And one last thing! No mention yet if Booster Gold’s continuity is affected by all this weird time stuff, and what the revelations from Rebirth mean about his storyline in Convergence.