Writer & Artist: Dan Jurgens.
What Happened: This issue begins with Booster, Rip and Skeets returning to the present after fixing the messed up timeline that occurred due to Dick Grayson's death. With that business taken care of, Booster wants some down time, but Rip instead sends him back to the Batcave to retrieve the photos of Booster trying to prevent Barbara Gordon's shooting at the hands of the Joker. Booster heads to the Cave and runs into Damian, the two briefly fight until Dick arrives on the scene to see just what was going on. Meanwhile, Rip Hunter thinks that TO Morrow may know something about the true identity of the Black Beetle, so he heads to Morrow's layer, only to find Morrow being driven slowly insane by his chrono-viewer. Rip takes the viewer off of Morrow, and is promptly attacked by the Black Beetle. Black Beetle taunts Rip for a while before damaging the power core in Morrow's lab, forcing Rip to beat a hasty retreat. Back at the Cave, Dick sends Damian away, and Booster levels with him, showing Dick the photos of himself, Babs and Joker. Booster and Dick do some bonding, and as a show of good faith, Booster takes Dick 15 years back in time and allows Dick to watch his younger self celebrate Christmas with his parents, bringing this issue to a close.
What I Thought: This was a nice little story. Nothing much really happened, Dick and Booster bonded, Rip ran into and was outsmarted by Black Beetle again and I didn't bother to read the Blue Beetle back-up feature(as usual). All in all, this was a good, if unspectacular comic book. Next issue begins the Blackest Night x-over stuff, so I'm definitely looking forward to that. Before I end this post I want to get something off my chest. I'm sick and tired of DC's Second Feature experiment. It was OK for the first 2 months or so, but now it's just really annoying. It really bothers me that I have top pay an extra $1 to read Booster Gold because there's a Blue Beetle back-up story... I HATE Blue Beetle! And quite frankly, I'm probably not the only one! If there was a large Blue Beetle fanbase, he'd still have an ongoing series. Enough with the Second Features. There have been a few good ones(Streets of Gotham), but for the most part this whole experience has been a large waste of my money, and if it doesn't stop soon, I'm going to have to cut many of these Second Feature books out of my budget. End of rant.
Score: 7 1/2 out of 10.How in the world does Dick deal with Damian? If I had to put up with that kid, I'd have gone insane a LONG time ago!