Action Comics #995
Scheduled to arrive in stores: January 10
Cover date: March 2018
“Booster Shot” – Part 3
Writer: Dan Jurgens
Penciller: Brett Booth
Inker: Brett Booth
Cover: Dan Jurgens
Variant Cover: Dustin Nguyen
Reviewed by: Mario Bennese
Superman and Booster Gold, now in 25th century Gotham, fight off the Eradicator that followed them through the time stream. The moment in time they landed in is shortly after Booster stole time travel technology, meaning the time hopping hero is currently a wanted man. With the time sphere damaged, it is imperative that the team find parts to repair their only means of escape. Earth forces pick up on chronal energies and send an air squadron out to investigate. Back in the battle, the Eradicator lets out a high intensity pulse blast that knocks Booster out. Skeets tells Superman to abandon Booster to distract the locals, save the time sphere, and prevent the people of the 25th century from discovering Superman. Reluctantly, The Man of Steel agrees as Booster is surrounded and imprisoned.
Back in the present, Lois sneaks into a military base to board a plane headed for Logamba. Jon, who was supposed to be staying with the Whites, sneaks on the plane as well. As Booster comes to, he finds that he’s been thrown into a cell with his father, which displeases him greatly. Elsewhere, Skeets fills Superman in on why Booster stole time travel technology and how his father was an abusive man.
In the prison, Booster and his father are being threatened by an agent named Broderick. Taking the opportunity, Booster’s father knocks Broderick out and plans to make a jailbreak, allowing Booster to answer to every crime lord his father owed money to. Before Booster’s father can make an escape, Superman knock him out and frees Booster. The time sphere is repaired, but before they leave, the heroes visit Booster’s mother. Entering the time stream once again, the two find themselves in another sticky situation as the Eradicator slightly reactivates and blasts the controls. This time, Booster, Skeets, and Superman land in a future where Zod is a supreme ruler.
Story – 3: I’m not quite sure where to begin with this review, so I’ll just get the important part out of the way: the issue is worth a read and continues to feel like a Superman story.
There are, however, some things that hold this book back from being a 5/5 . For starters, I wasn’t a big fan of Superman condemning Booster for his past (future?) actions. Yes, Booster stole technology and that is clearly an immoral thing to do, but Booster uses that technology for good. I know that Superman is supposed to be this moral compass that always points north, but he was talking about Booster as if he used the tech for nefarious purposes. The section in which this happens is brief, but it sorta rubbed me the wrong way. It just made Superman seem like he only sees morality in black and white, refusing to accept that there are moral gray areas. It especially annoyed me that for a character that looks for the best in people, The Man of Steel was sure focusing on the bad in Booster.
Everything else in the issue is fine, but I found the way in which the two heroes land in the Zod timeline to be a bit – for lack of a better word – contrived.
Art – 3: I have a love/hate relationship with Brett Booth. Sometimes, he can draw some truly wonderful images of DC’s most beloved heroes. Other times, he makes them look either terrifying or flat out ugly. I know that the inker can help make or break a piece of comic book art, but looking solely at the line work, there are definitely some problems with Booth’s work. It’s an acquired taste, but I’ve become accustomed to the mixed bag of artwork thanks to his work over in Titans. In anything, I’ve been spoiled by two issues of Action with Jurgens’ art.
Cover Art – 4: I enjoy this cover. I can’t quite pinpoint why other than it just being a cool piece of art.
Variant Cover Art – 3: I like the concept, but the execution feels a bit amateur.
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