But there was also something else I enjoyed about the series: it was highly accessible to the new reader. Each issue (or "chapter," as I was reading it in its collected form) always started out the same way: Booster Gold introduced himself and what he was all about. Sometimes he'd even introduce secondary characters like Rip Hunter. And more often than not his little "voiceover" bubbles would also catch the reader up on what happened in the previous issue. While it bordered on the annoying to hear Booster Gold tell his origin story for the twentieth time, it wasn't hard for me to skim over it and ignore if I wanted, and here's where the writers had hit upon a story device that was very newbie-friendly without being too in-your-face. I had no trouble jumping right into the story. I felt like I knew the characters, even if I had never read a story about Michelle, Booster's twin sister, I knew who she was. I had no trouble remembering what happened last month because I always had the luxury of a recap at the beginning of every issue. And if you're telling an on-going story, with no idea of when a new reader might jump into a series, you've got to at least have the latter to have any hope of winning over a new fan.
Taking a page from the Joe DiMaggio playbook and writing each story as if it were someone's first comic might be a good maxim for comic writers to take to heart. It might need to be as involved as Booster Gold's constant introductions, but at least recap what happened last month. I read too many comics to remember what happened in the previous issue, let alone what happened last week. And a little exposition isn't going to kill the story--the veterans can just glance over it and get on to the new material.
So, in short: catch us up a little, comic writers! Give us a short recap. Let the characters talk about themselves and explain who they are once in a while. Sure, it might work better for an egotistical character like Booster Gold to constantly be talking about himself, but I'm sure there's a way to make it work for any character. I know some series do some recaps already, but I can't think of any series which has its protagonist introduce himself and other characters as often as Booster Gold does. It would be more helpful if recaps and character histories were more obvious and direct...hearing a character introduce himself on a monthly basis certainly helped win me over to the Booster Gold Fan Club.
If only I had the guts to wear this in public!