Ugh! This character has so much promise, and is actually well written when making guest appearances in the Booster Gold books, but in his own series he is written more as a teen goof, and is an obvious attempt to appeal to a multicultural reader base. I wouldn’t mind that so much if the story was actually decent and worth reading, but this one bored me to tears. I can’t say that it encourages me to try more in the series.
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I originally read part of this series years ago when they were originally published, but I lost track and was never able to acquire the remaining books in the series. Seeing this collection presented me with a nice opportunity to take a trip down memory lane and finally finish a story I wanted to finish years ago.
The story itself is very much a product of its era, and reads like a story from the 80’s. A bit progressive in some ways, but very much a stereotypical story from that era. The writing presents a plot line that is more complex than many stories from that era, and while woefully out of date today still presents an interesting read. Well worth the read if you have enjoyed seeing Rip Hunter in the recent runs of Booster Gold and wanted to learn more about who he is and where he comes from.
Some of the characterizations were clumsy and really leaned toward stereotypes, but the story is what saved the day here. Not a fantastic start for a series, but certainly one that built a good foundation. As with any team book you tend to have favorites, and I am watching this one to see just how they decide to handle mine. Hoping they maintain the integrity built in independent series and don’t turn them into fools.
That flurry of anticipation for the next volume I felt after the wonder of the prior volume was thoroughly squashed when I started this volume, and regardless of how much I held out hope for change the story just never improved. It was as if the writer felt that he needed to take the character back to his roots, not just in the plot line, but in how he acted. The end result was a very disappointing volume that may well put me off of the series. Extremely disappointing!
These stories just keep getting better and better. Prior to reading these collections my only exposure to Booster was random appearances in other books, and he was always such a horrid, third class hero that I never paid him any real attention. Now that he has his own series and is doing the Time Cop thing the character has really matured, to the point where he is close to becoming one of my favorite heroes. This volume was the best yet, and I can hardly wait to see how things unfold in the next one. Well worth the read, and one that I suspect I will return to from time to time in the future.