Writer: Dan Jurgens. Artists: Mike Norton, Norm Rapmund and Dan Jurgens.
What Happened: Booster is still dumbfounded by the sight of Black Lantern Blue Beetle, until Skeets alerts him to the fact that BL Blue Beetle isn't the real Ted Kord, but an evil zombie pretending to be Ted. Together with the fake Blue Beetle and Supernova, Booster tries to stop BL Blue Beetle, but the trio have very little success. Booster decides to take a time out, hops in a time sphere and teleports back to Rip Hunter's lab. Rip and Booster get into an argument(as usual), which is broken up by Skeets, who shows Booster the message from Barry Allen detailing who the Black Lanterns are and what their weaknesses are. Booster decides to take the fake Blue Beetle and Skeets with him to Ted Kord's laboratory, where Booster is hoping to find something which will help him combat the BL's. After discovering what he was looking for, Booster teleports back to BL Blue Beetle only seconds after he left in the first place. Fake Blue Beetle and Skeets use a light generating gun created by Ted to weaken BL Blue Beetle, while Booster blasts the Black power ring off of BL Beetle's hand. With the ring temporarily disconnected, Booster grabs BL Beetle, flies into the time sphere and leaves. The ring, unable to locate BL Beetle leaves Earth in order to search for a new host. Booster and fake Beetle head to Vanishing Point(which is immune to the flow of time)and bury BL Beetle, figuring that the BL rings wouldn't be able to pierce through the time/space barrier. Booster then reminisces about Ted some more, and this issue ends in the past where Booster's time lost sister is about to settle down in Coast City, right before it was annihilated by Cyborg Superman during the Reign of the Supermen storyline.
What I Thought: You know, this was a decent issue, but I've got to say, I'm starting to get a little bit burnt out by all of the Blackest Night x-over books I've been reading lately... I still have three more BN x-over books to get to before the end of tonight! The BN stuff was the same as most of the other BN books, so instead of dwelling on those parts, I'll instead look at the Booster Gold stuff. In this issue we learn that apparently Rip Hunter is the son of Booster(!!!). Now, of course this could be misdirection on Dan's part, but with Rip calling Booster "dad" after Booster leaves, it seems pretty straight forward. Personally I don't like this reveal at all, I prefer Rip as a complete mystery, in my opinion he's a character who should never have a past/origin. With that said though, I'll leave an open mind on the Booster/Rip situation until I see how it plays out. The other thing was the end where we discover that Booster's lost sister, Michelle is headed to Coast City before it was wiped off the map by Cyborg Superman. I can't wait for that storyline to get underway! That's exactly the type of event Booster should be involved in. My favorite thing about this comic is Booster traveling back into DC's past and dealing with the big storylines that have come before. If done correctly, the next storyline could be epic.
Score: 7 out of 10.You know, this issue caused me to miss Ted Kord even more!