Booster Gold is really bad at picking out wedding presents. But Tom King and Tony Daniel are just amazing at showing that to us.
For quite a while, it is really hard to understand what is happening in this issue. But that’s just part of the game. The opening, in which a superhero kills himself in shocking fashion, gets things rolling into the madness very fast. We follow Booster Gold as he heads through a Gotham City that is not exactly the one we are used to, searching for Bruce Wayne.
What is so very peculiar is that the disturbing events that Booster encounters along the way just don’t seem to faze him, or upset him, in any way. Booster Gold isn’t always shown to be the most heroic of heroes, but even so, his callous behaviour just adds to the puzzle.
Fortunately, the answers are given before the issue ends. And the answers are fun. So very worth it. Booster cites a classic Alan Moore story, and though his intentions are good, he really is a bit of an idiot.
Tony Daniel imbues his characters with some great emotions, playing off their body language and expressions. That really helps in a story like this, where nothing is exactly what it seems. It both ups the fun level, and adds to the disturbing mystery.
While this issue might very well have concluded once the mystery was solved, King spins things into an even wilder direction, and I cannot even begin to guess how this story arc is going to resolve. But I do know I am going to enjoy the ride.