One of a handful of special one-off crossover issues, Booster Gold/The Flintstones Special #1 takes Booster Gold back to Bedrock in search of the original cause of a current alien invasion (unaware that his actions will actually put the dominoes in motion). It’s good to see Booster back, even if it is only in an unusual one-shot like this. Thankfully the character has reverted back to his pre-New 52 costume (complete with yellow pants), but sadly his Elvis collar has still left the building.
Bat-Mite teams-up the Batman-obsessed imp with the greatest hero you’ve never heard of: Booster Gold! Booster’s timely arrival helps Bat-Mite extracate himself from an embarrassing situation involving his new roommates. And after realizing Booster isn’t a super-villain, and his failed attempt to give Booster a grim makeover that’s no worse than what the New 52 did to the hero, Bat-Mite finally agrees to help Booster hunt down a villain (Gridlock) who is obsessed with reversing time back to when he was younger. (Hey, after reading all the mediocre New 52 comics I’ve put up with I’m on your side Gridlock!)
This is an unusual comic, and not only because it’s an annual for a series that’s been cancelled, introduces characters we may never see again, and shows us there’s no hope the team, in any recognizable form, is returning anytime soon in a new title.
In a couple of weeks DC Comics will be rebooting their entire universe with 52 new first issues. Some of the new comics intrigue me, but quite a few do not. This starting me thinking, what if I rebooted the DCU?
To keep each post a reasonable length, and to mirror DC’s own announcement structure, I’ve split the reboot into four posts each covering 13 issues. Where I could I kept ideas DC wanted to explore in the relaunch (when not incredibly stupid like Voodoo), and even included titles I’m personally not all that high on but characters I know have a devoted fan base. You’ll find I’ve also kept far more of the current titles than DC’s proposed reboot, and brought back a few personal favorites as well.
As the cover tells us: “The Search for Bruce Wayne Begins!” (Actually, the search began two-and-a-half months ago with The Search for Bruce Wayne #1, but that’s neither here nor there.) Booster Gold, Superman, Green Lantern, and Rip Hunter will attempt to find Batman before he can cause irreperable harm to the timestream.