“Vicious Cycle” (part 1)
This was a bitter sweet issue to crack open. In one regard it’s fantastic to see Booster Gold carry on past a year of stories, but sad to see it’s without the creative duo that put it on the map. However, saying Chuck Dixon doesn’t have the chops to rekindle the magic is a terrible lie. There are few writers that can nail the feel of this character, but from Dixon’s past/recent work on Robin, I know he has a knack for light-hearted fun and Booster Gold is the perfect avenue for his type of storytelling.
The first part of “Vicious Cycle” pits the Time Masters against a shady looking nerd who is traveling backwards through time, setting off a backwards chain reaction of crime eventually culminating at the murder of Bruce Wayne’s parents, and we all know how that story goes. I also really enjoyed the obvious stab at Batman R.I.P. in this issue. While, in no way, shape, or form does it directly tie into the major storyline currently running in the Bat books, it does supply a good chuckle and in-joke for those currently invested in Morrison’s Batman story.
Instead we are treated to an alternate plot that centers on Batman’s city being run by a villain, including his own villainous spotlight in Gotham. It is then Booster’s job to intervene and set time right again. And the way he has to go about it is hilarious and right in line with the humor this series has strived for from day one. Seeing Booster do his best cliché villain impersonation was great. But of course, Boosters methods lead to more headaches in time and that’s where we are left for next month’s issue to pick up on.
Chuck Dixon has done a fantastic job transitioning into Booster Gold with its new status quo. He has successfully picked up and carried the torch, making this series as interesting and fun as it was under the direction of Geoff Johns and Jon Katz. Though it’s a shame Dixon is only staying on for a two issue stint, making the future of this book as cloudy as the time-travel rule book.
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