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Review: Booster Gold #39.

I'm not going to make out that it takes a *lot* to make me tear up over Booster's grief for Ted, but... wow. I defy the Tin Man to remain dry-eyed over this one.

There's lots I'd like to say about this issue. About its understated acknowledgment that the title has "writer on board" syndrome (Giffen and DeMatteis being just as guilty as Booster of reliving the long-dead JLI glory days, rather than moving on). About what a fine job it does of bringing home to the reader, just as it does to Booster but by rather different means, the absolute certainty that Ted is never coming back (and about how that is no mean feat in comics). About how character notes this serious and deep-seated and painful seem like they should be the antithesis of "BWA HA HA", but somehow fit with these characters' histories perfectly. But I can't even analyse it because my lower lip is wobbling too much. The flowers on Ted's grave until the end of time. Booster asking Rani for the biggest hug in the history of hugs. I held it together til the final page and then just lost it completely. I'd been joking with the guy who works in the comic shop how "this week in Booster Gold, Booster struggles to come to terms with Ted's death JUST FOR A CHANGE", but... twenty minutes later I was actually in tears. Absolutely bravura character writing, and the best closing to a chapter in Booster's history I could have imagined.

Now, I'm off to weep into my sandwiches and not read Generation Lost.

Date: 2010-12-09 08:29 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] whatistigerbalm
Clearly I need to read this. (I noticed my nearest public library has the original Booster volumes from the 80s but I assume this is not quite what you're reading.)

Date: 2010-12-09 09:06 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] whatistigerbalm
Yay! I'd love to come down to Cambridge too and hang out with you and Harry and anyone else you wish. I have no comics companions here. :/

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