Well, it’d have been appropriate had Booster Gold ended at issue #52, but Flashpoint demands this is the last issue. Flashpoint also demands that Booster can’t save the day, but by gum, he makes a good effort.
First off, it’s one more battle against Doomsday, a fight Booster’s set to lose until new lady love Alex intervenes, seeing the monster off in pretty final style. Then the pair fly over to the United Kingdom, find Flash Barry Allen and Booster instigates his plan to erase the World of Flashpoint and return the DC Universe to the way it was. There’s good reason to hope as Booster reaches his extra-dimensional home Vanishing Point, where Time Master Rip Hunter has the specialist knowledge and equipment to help.
But then …
Well, let’s just say that we’re going to have to read Flashpoint #5 to see the DCU change again, and it ain’t going to return to the way Booster remembers it.
This isn’t a bad final issue. Booster shows his smarts and courage, he makes a wonderfully romantic decision and he’s all set to be Hero of the Beach. That he doesn’t pull it off isn’t due to any failings on his part, simply the nature of crossover events. And the reason Booster falls at the final hurdle is set up earlier in the issue and makes perfect sense. I’m more disappointed that the end of this series means we’ll likely never see Booster learn that Rip is his son. Metal pal Skeets is still in a state of disrepair. Sister Michelle and adopted daughter Rani are likely off on a long trip to Limbo. And Red Beetle and the Time Stealers’ plans will remain unknown.
Unless (he writes, grabbing onto a sliver of hope), author Dan Jurgens moves the plotlines over to the new Justice League International title, which is set to star Booster. Here, Jurgens does a creditable job, infusing a nice dollop of emotion into the typically action-packed finale and providing a bittersweet coda – a long-running mystery is solved, but it’s sad. Sentimental chap that Jurgens is, he returns to pencilling duties for the final three pages, inked, as ever, by the excellent Norm Rapmund. The bigger chunk of the story’s 20 pages is pencilled by veteran Rick Leonardi and inked by Don Ho. It looks rushed in parts, and probably was given the apparent last-minute nature of many of these final post-Flashpoint DC books, but Leonardi’s skill is evident.