Booster Gold resembles the CW’s Legends of Tomorrow closer than any book I can think of. It’s a time-travel series in which Rip Hunter guides his carefully selected superhero through DC’s history so they can repair damage to the timeline.
But this series has something the television show has lacked so far—a compelling character hook.
Booster Gold has always been a superhero who craved celebrity status. He performed good deeds first for the glory, and later he grew into the role. But even Booster at his most mature and heroic still wants to be admired and appreciated. And that makes him perfect for this book’s premise.
In order to stealthily save the timestream, Rip informs him, Booster needs to “go down in history as an ineffectual and incompetent fraud when in reality [he’ll] be the greatest hero history has never known.”
So, for the sake of the world as we know it, an egotistical superhero needs to sacrifice not only his present-day reputation, but also his own historical record for all time. That is a fantastic premise, and a guest appearance by the Justice League shows us just how painful this is to Booster. But he tries to do the right thing anyway.
This is a wonderful example of teaming up the right story with the right character.
Writers: Geoff Johns and Jeff Katz
Penciler: Dan Jurgens
Inker: Norm Rapmund
Publisher: DC Comics
How to Read It: back issues; Comixology; included in Booster Gold vol. 1: 52 Pick-Up (TPB)
Appropriate For: ages 11 and up