For the past few days I've had my nose buried in my copy of Showcase Presents: Booster Gold. I bought it on a whim a year ago and never got around to reading it, and it's been quite the surprise. (But more on that later.)
Anyway, about a third of the way in (in the middle of a multiple-issue story) Booster suddenly and inexplicably gets
I mean, why change Booster from this look:
Hal Jordan, eat your heart out.
Cue flashbacks to my childhood.
Well, the answer became evident in issue #13, when Booster Gold meets up with Rip Hunter. It's because Rip Hunter has the exact same hair, right down to the color and style. (Anyone who's read the current series will know why.) So, I'm guessing they didn't want two people running around looking like carbon copies of each other. And who knew Rip Hunter was so fabulous? I hadn't a clue.
Hal Jordan...oh, heck, I got nothing.
Well, this is a momentous meeting for both characters, as Rip pretty much hasn't left Booster's side since. I never realized the relationship went that far back, but without it we probably wouldn't have the current "Time Masters" pairing of Rip Hunter and Booster Gold seen in 52 and now in his new series. Plus, Rip Hunter's just a cool guy and deserves a higher profile. Not only is he a scientist, but he can kick some serious butt, too, and who else can pull off a white t-shirt and jeans as their superhero "uniform?"