Booster Gold #24: Writer/Artist- Dan Jurgens.
What Happened: This issue begins where the last issue left off(makes sense, doesn't it?)with Booster Gold trying his best to not get killed by Trigon in an alternate timeline. While Booster and Trigon are battling, Black Beetle arrives on the scene and asks Trigon not to kill Booster. Trigon doesn't appreciate the fact that his "servant" Black Beetle is asking a favor of him, but when Beetle tells Trigon Booster is a time traveler and that he may know secrets that could help Trigon, Trigon decrees that Beetle can interrogate Booster. With that, Trigon knocks Booster unconscious. Booster wakes up in Lex Luthor's lab, and refuses to tell Beetle any pertinent information. Beetle tells Luthor to inject Booster with a serum that would reveal all of Booster's secrets, but destroy his mind in the process. Beetle then leaves the lab. Instead of injecting Booster, Lex frees him and tells Booster he can't stomach working for Trigon anymore. Lex tells Booster about a room in Trigon's castle that is off-limits to everyone but Trigon, and Luthor surmises that the key to Trigon's defeat must be in that room. Booster gets in touch with Skeets, and the remaining members of the anti-Trigon rebellion force teleport into the castle and to Booster's location. Raven, Rip Hunter, Lex and Skeets teleport into the room while the rest of the resistance battle against Trigon's forces. The room contains trophies Trigon had collected after his conquest of Earth, and the Black Beetle makes a bee-line into the room and betrays Trigon, stealing a Red Scarab, which he claims will make him unstoppable. Beetle then teleports away as Trigon enters the room enraged by Beetle's betrayal. Raven teleports Booster, Rip and Skeets back to the Time Bubble and they head back to the battle between Deathstroke, Ravager and the Teen Titans. This time Booster intercepts Deathstroke before he can arrive at the Titans base and defeats the Terminator. Booster then proceeds to dress up as Deathstroke to ensure that the Titans will win the battle and that the timeline unfolds the proper way. Raven alters Deathstroke's mind so that he believes he was the one who fought by Ravager's side and erases all evidence of Booster from his memory in the process. This issue ends with Booster realizing that he still has some work ahead of him to fix the timeline. The Second Feature starred Blue Beetle, and since I can't stand him I'm not going to bother to read/review that story. Sorry.
What I thought: I actually have some mixed emotions about this comic... I thoroughly enjoyed the stuff in the future with Black Beetle, Trigon and Lex Luthor. I loved the fact that Beetle was just biding his time, waiting for the right moment to steal the Red Scarab from Trigon. That part of the story was good... The part of the story when Booster an co. headed back to the past bothered me a lot though. Come on, we don't even get to see the battle between Booster and Deathstroke??? Instead we get to relive the battle between Deathstroke(Booster), Ravager and the Titans again? As a Deathstroke fan, that really bugged me. I also don't like that Deathstroke wasn't even a part of that classic confrontation. Bah!
Score: 7 out of 10.What can I say, I thought Beetle's dig at Booster's expense was funny.