Ok, I nominate this club for “easiest club to participate in 2021!” These puppies read FAST! That may be because I ignore the “history” lesson in the back of each come to think of it lol.
This particular “short story” touches more than a few times on one of the essential ingredients that make any piece of fiction (or even non fiction) writing compelling and engaging: the “why”, the motiviations behind the key character’s / protagonists / antagonists actions- why are they who they are?
First up: Booster Gold. I’ve been following this guy since he appeared in Justice League back in the '80s. He was part of the genius of the DeMatteis / Giffen / K Maguire comedic combo. No one read that series for the deep complex plotlines or gripping storylines, but we sure shelled out cash for the high entertainment value of the comedy like when not so bright Booster and Beetle decide to use their fame to start up a holiday resort on a south pacific island.
This Booster Gold isn’t too far removed from that goof He is after all an escaped criminal from the future, and while he’s toned down some of his narcissism a tad, he isn’t going to suddenly be someone else. Like all of us, if suddenly caught in an unexpected tsunami of fame and money, folly often will follow at least for a time, it’s part of the human condition. That’s how I see Booster here.
What’s actually not great is how Booster is portrayed later in his own series. I spent cash on that too, but only followed along because of the plot lines, not by how he was portrayed. He went from self-centered “I get what I reap” goofiness to a straight ahead hero guy.
I have no idea what to say about how he was portrayed recently in that Batman two parter, it was just not my fav for sure.
Anyway, on to the others briefly viewed in this issue; I’m not seeing any great backstory / motivation yet for Kate Kane. I realize there’s some great storylines later in New 52 etc showing a newly-revealed history that add up nicely, but as we see her here, not so much.
Renee is very nicely written, very very believable. The touch of self-awareness that still doesn’t stop her self-destructive ways is all too real, probably most of us have toxic behaviours / habits we know hurt ourself and others but we just can’t quite find the way to stop, or just don’t want to because of deep anger issues etc.
Panel of the day for this one:
So, a brief read, lots to think about, again, congrats on being the “quick stop” book club!!!