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Cover Description: There are two covers to this issue. Both the standard cover by Dan Jurgens and Norm Rapmund and the 1:10 variant cover by Chris Spouse and Karl Story feature Rip Hunter in the foreground, Booster Gold, Green Lantern, and Superman flying in the middle ground, and the looming specter of Batman in the background.
Brief Synopsis: Supernova investigates the destruction of Vanishing Point.
Costume Worn: Supernova power-suit
Issue Notes: This mini-series loosely ties-into the "Search for Bruce Wayne" storyline.
Reprints: This mini-series has been collected in Time Masters: Vanishing Point.
Page 7, panel 1
Supernova arrives at Vanishing Point in time to see it destroyed at the End of Time. Supernova explains way the seeming paradox of arriving too late to save a place at the end of time with a figurative wave of his hand, "This is the end of time itself. Anything is possible." (See Batman: The Return of Bruce Wayne #6 for more details about the last minutes of Vanishing Point.)
Page 8, panel 5
As Supernova investigates Vanishing Point, he converses with an unseen and unidentified intelligence. This other person is not identified in this issue.
Page 17, panel 2
Supernova arrives in Rip Hunter's Arizona Time Lab to defend Michelle Carter from the nefarious Time Stealers Despero and Per Degaton. How the Time Stealers gained access to Hunter's lab is unclear, though it is implied that Hunter's absence was key to their entry. Degaton immediately identifies Supernova as Daniel Carter, Booster's ancestor and Supernova II. Again, it is unclear if this takes place before or after the Time Stealers have worked with Supernova III, Booster's father, Jon Carter.
For more annotations from this issue which occur at different points in Booster Gold's chronology, click here for Booster's past in the 15th century or click here for Booster's distant future in the distant past or click here for Booster's past at the end of time
Boosterrific Review: What is this series, exactly? The cover claims that the issue is about "the search for Batman," but readers will find that the book has more to do with Rip Hunter, Time Master. Certainly, there is a lot of exposition in this story, explaining many head-scratching elements of Batman: The Return of Bruce Wayne, but readers will soon discover that Batman, Superman, and Green Lantern appear as little more than set dressing to Hunter's story. Is this misdirection involving several of DC's biggest names necessary to sell this sort of series? Will readers accept this ruse?
Readers who can get past this facade will find a disjointed and confusing issue that frequently alludes to events previously seen in the pages of the second volume of Booster Gold. This issue teases more than it reveals about the secret life of the mysterious Hunter. Clearly writer Dan Jurgens is banking that readers who were brought in by the misdirection will stay for an action-heavy character piece. Characterization and melodrama are Jurgens' strengths, boding well for the future of this series off to a rocky start.
Boosterrific Rating: Gold Standard.
Average Fan Rating: (4 votes)
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