Oh man. Last issue Booster Gold really screwed up, and his wedding present for Batman turned into a literal nightmare for him, and everyone else in Gotham City as well. This issue is set a year later, and Booster believes he has found a way to reverse the situation, make Bruce Wayne realize that the world Booster had given him is not one that he truly wants to live in.
But Booster Gold does not have a good track record with his plans. Will this one work out? Not the way he intended, that’s for sure.
While the previous issue saw Tom King and Tony Daniel treat us to a dystopian Gotham (a dystopian dystopia?), in which Bruce Wayne’s parents were never killed, and he never became Batman, that story at least had an element of warped fun to it, building to a shocking conclusion.
This time around, there is little fun to be had. Booster is so desperate in his plans that he almost broadcasts the unlikeliness of them succeeding.
Catwoman is integral to his scheme, and her minimalist dialogue is extremely effective, forcing the reader to attribute meaning to her utterances. Meaning that might well be different from the character’s actual intent.
I guess I scarcely need to say that things just wind up going wrong. Even more wrong than they did in the last issue. Booster is just digging a bigger and bigger hole, and it becomes increasingly difficult to figure out how Batman, Booster Gold, and/or Tom King is going to find a way out of this mess.
I know they will, and trusting that a fully satisfying resolution will be forthcoming makes me enjoy the plummeting depths of the storyline all the more.