I love Booster Gold. I love him so much that I even made a Booster Gold cosplay that I regularly wear to conventions. Since I’m human and constantly learning and growing it’s possible that in a few years I could have a different favorite, but for now Booster Gold is my absolute favorite. Honestly, even if I do someday get a new favorite super hero I will probably always love Booster Gold.
The genre of media I love more than anything is science fiction. As a kid I loved watching Star Trek and the Twilight Zone. My favorite author was Michael Crichton, the man who wrote Jurassic Park. My favorite book of his was called “Timeline”. That’s a story about a group of archaeologists who get the chance to travel back in time and visit their dig site while it was in use. I was also a fan of a short story by Ray Bradbury called “A Sound of Thunder”. That story is set in a future where time travel is a tourist attraction. You can pay for the opportunity to go visit dinosaurs.
So, when I first saw the Justice League: Unlimited episode about Booster Gold I was pretty excited. I loved time travel stories and here was a superhero from the future. It took a while for me to get into Booster Gold comics though. Even now, I get most of my reading material from my public library. My library doesn’t have a lot of stuff with Booster Gold in it, but I did manage to get a hold of some of his comics while I was in college. I ended up really loving them because not only is Booster Gold from the future, but he regularly travels through time.
He ended up being a hero right up my ally, but I realize he’s not for everyone. He comes back to our time with the goal of becoming a famous superhero. He gets a bunch of brand deals and becomes something of a cocky show off. Which are traits that I hate when I see them in real people. The thing is Booster Gold isn’t a real person and thanks to that fact we get access to a lot of his internal thoughts and feelings. Which does a lot to make him an enjoyable character.
I really enjoy watching Booster Gold grow as a character over the course of his series. It’s nice to see a character become a great hero over time instead of being instantly good at it. It’s especially nice since Booster Gold’s origin story involves him making some pretty terrible mistakes. Instead of making those mistakes the defining factor of his life he ends up growing as a person and becoming a hero.
I also just get a kick out of all of his silly shenanigans. Before he dedicates his time to fixing time anomalies he comes up with a lot of get rich quick schemes. I remember an old issue were Booster is telling Ted Kord his origin story while also trying to roll out official Justice League merchandise. His biggest concern is that Batman will put the kibosh on his plans before he can make any sales. That was pretty funny and I got a kick out of it.
I love Booster Gold. I love watching him grow over time and I love watching him do ridiculous things. The time travel also helps.