In need of a Booster (Action Comics #998 Comic Review)

Written by Dan Jurgens

Art by Will Conrad

Colors by Ivan Nunes

Cover by Conrad and Nunes

Previously: Superman and Booster Gold are in the future, and are trapped on New Krypton, a planet taken over by the House of Zod. Zod’s family and The Eradicator destroyed Skeets and are about to execute Superman and Booster. In the present, General Sam Lane has been kidnapped in Logomba while deep undercover, and Lois has snuck into the country to save him. Jon followed her to help, but all three were gunned down while trying to escape!

 

What happened: The situation is bleak for Booster Gold and Superman. Strung up with Kryptonite and surrounded by Zod, his family, the Eradicator, and an army of Eradicator Androids, the pair have only moments until the barrage depletes Booster’s forcefield. Suddenly, one of the Eradicator Androids grabs Lor Zod and throws him at The Eradicator. With his visor now blue, the Android reveals himself to be Skeets, who downloaded himself into the Android before being blasted. He frees Superman and Booster Gold. The two heroes immediately start to fend off the villains while Skeets flies off to get help. In the nick of time, he arrives with a repaired Time Sphere. Superman is hesitant to leave such a desperate planet, but Booster reminds him that since this is his future, he can change it, prevent it from ever needing his help, and they leave for their original timeline.

Before making their way home, Superman insists that he went back into time for a reason, and he’s not going to have gone through all of the detours to get back without finding out the truth. Now that they have a Time Sphere, they can safely view Krypton’s destruction without affecting the timeline, and make their way back to that fateful day. They watch as baby Kal-El rockets off planet, then they see Jor-El vanish in a blue flash as Lara dies, proving everything Mr. Oz said to be true. They return to the present, and when Skeets tells Superman that his family is in Logomba, he flies off before he has the time to learn about their fate. Skeets tells Booster what Superman is going to find in Logomba, and Booster decides that watching his family die twice in a row is a fate that Superman doesn’t deserve. Alone, he travels back just in time to stop Lois, Jon, and Sam from getting shot by the Logomban forces as Superman flies in to facilitate the rest of their rescue, unaware of what Booster has done.

 

Thoughts on the issue:

As the Booster Shot story arc comes to an end, it left me wondering what I was supposed to get out of it. Was the time travel plot meant to be impactful, because all it did was confirm what we knew about Mr. Oz and tease the plotline that’s already underway in the pages of Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps. If it was supposed to be a fun time-travel romp that was meant to stand alone, it wasn’t quite fun or episodic to achieve that. The Logomban plot seemed like it was meant to show Lois’ capabilities without her husband around, but it spend way too long preparing to go anywhere, and ended up with Superman simply flying in and saving the day, which he could have done if Lois just waited for him to get back (which doesn’t take long when you can return to the time you just left). The most memorable part of the conclusion is about Booster Gold, and not about the Superman family, which kind of epitomizes the whole storyline, whose best issue was the most Booster-centric one.

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Summary
"BOOSTER SHOT" part six! Escape from Planet Zod! Superman and Booster Gold must escape to travel back to the present, where the life of the captured Sam Lane hangs in the balance!
Good
  • Skeets is Okay!
  • Solid Artwork
Bad
  • Anti-climactic finish to a meandering story
6.5
Fair
Writing - 5
Artwork - 8
This account is an archive of all of the hard work and writings of our previous Staff Writers and Contributors on both Shoot The Breeze Comics when it previously existed as well as On Comics Ground, our current platform.

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