The fight with Doomsday in the World of Flashpoint continues, with Booster alone against the rampaging beast. It doesn’t look good, but this isn’t the same Doomsday as in the real timeline; this is a weaker version, a less wily beast. That fact, and Booster’s sheer grit, mean this is a battle he might win. It’s inspiring to watch him walking towards Doomsday, inch by inch, hoping that each new blast will be the beam that takes him down.
No such luck, though, and Booster’s in a sorry state by the end of the issue, by which time idiot military man General Nathaniel Adam has regained control of Doomsday. In the regular world Adam’s nemesis was General Wade Eiling, power-crazed soldier king who had his brain placed inside Shaggy Man to further his ends. Ironically, this version of Adam is every bit as crazy, convinced Booster is an Atlantean spy working for Emperor Aquaman.
The high stakes show Booster at his best, not only in terms of courage, but ingenuity too, as he finds a fresh use for his force shield. He also learns that new friend Alexandra has Parasite-like powers and hears about a Gotham casino owner named Thomas Wayne.
It’s another fun issue from writer Dan Jurgens, with no new revelations as regards Flashpoint, but some great action in a nice showcase for Booster’s heroic qualities. Jurgens’ breakdowns shine in the sequences in which Booster is face-to-face with Doomsday, and inker Norm Rapmund ramps up the mood as he pays extra attention to Booster’s eyes (click to enlarge image).
Sharing the pencilled pages this time is up and comer Ig Guara. Recently seen on the Grodd of War Flashpoint tie-in, Guara and inker Ruy Jose make no attempt to ape Jurgens, delivering a super-sleek Booster I’d like to see more of.
With one more issue to go, Booster Gold’s title looks set to go out with a big win against Doomsday, the creature that once maimed Booster. That would do nicely.