"Holding Back the Years"
Written by Geoff Johns and Jeff Katz
Art by Dan Jurgens and Norm Rapmund
Seems like just yesterday we were at issue 9 but here we are now. It seems like such a shame that this title is probably going to get canceled with the departure of Katz and Johns but at least this title will make one awesome trade. It seems a shame that they leave this title after they introduced an awesome new direction to this title. At this point it is clear that Batman knows all, even though Gog is going around healing people and making miracles occur [hint hint towards the next review in this triple header] Batman is somehow aware of what occurs in alternate timeline and again thanks to Morrison he probably knows thanks to some monster Meth, the kind that bull rhinos use when they want to get up there which is very classy. It makes sense after everything Booster went through that he is sick and tired of being a great hero and not getting any R-E-S-P-E-C-T [find out what it means to me] but luckily Batman is there to give him the right peep talk to keep him in the game. This makes sense on so many levels because Batman is in the same situation as Booster where you do the greatest heroic deeds yet at the end of the day no one really knows you exist and no one knows whether you are legit or not. Batman is the ideal choice to talk Booster through this. The dialog was really nice. The ending was pretty balling as well, it is nice that the superhero gets a break every now and then instead of going through the Daredevil route which is one continuous put down [seriously that guy is f-ed in the a for life]. I am not sure how to feel on Rip being Booster's son, serious curveball there. It was a good idea to save the reveal until Booster matured enough to the point where you could see it but if they had pulled this stunt a bit earlier it would have been a total miss [wonder who the mom is though]. The epilogue is always nice and I would be more excited about it but knowing that Johns and Katz won't be there to see this title through. Lastly the chalkboard makes an appearance, that thing is a great little preview of things to come. I really like that chalkboard and think it should get its own book, seriously high brow stuff here people. While I really did like this issue it certainly did lack a certain sense of being a definitive Booster Gold story. The way I saw it these first two arcs while enjoyable seem to be a stepping stone to that great story which is on its way but sadly we won't get that great story and instead settle here. It isn't bad but this is a fun comic and a good story don't get me wrong, it just isn't anything spectacular but is fundamentally solid and enjoyable all the way around.
Overall: GET IT