Booster Gold Tries to Save Barbara Gordon from Being Paralyzed in Booster Gold # 5
Remember that time Booster Gold tried to save Barbara Gordon aka Batgirl from being paralyzed during the events that transpired in Batman: The Killing Jone.
“52 Pick-Up” continues! Booster Gold has been tasked with preventing the origins of the world’s greatest heroes from unraveling. Next up is his greatest challenge yet: preventing one of the most horrific wrongs that’s ever befallen a hero in the DC Universe. Leaping into the pages of BATMAN: THE KILLING JOKE, Booster attempts to stop a tragedy that he discovers never should’ve happened — the Joker shooting and paralyzing Barbara Gordon, Batgirl. Plus, what dark secret is Rip Hunter keeping from Booster?
So basically the issue focuses on Booster trying to save Barbara from becoming Oracle. The few pages we’re throwing in basically puts frames the story from Booster’s point-of-view.
I loved that desperate look on his face as he races to the Gordon’s apartment, just hoping that he gets there before Joker and his thugs.
For this particular bit, Michael is late and he could not un-change the past anymore.
(above) the look on Boosters face as he easily beats up Joker’s goons is one we can all relate too. We’ve all been through the experience of having to do one action while our shock and worry is just across the room or a few feet from us. Again massive props for the art Dan Jurgens and/or Norm Rapmund.
At this point, we can see that Booster Gold is clearly losing his shit and his composure with the Joker. Probably thinking at the back of his mind how Batman can enduring dealing with this villain for such a long time.
Unfortunately for Booster, the Joker is not to be underestimated. He effing grabs Skeets and uses it to wallop the unhinged Booster Gold.
When BG gets back on his feet, he’s back with Rip Hunter…
A badly beaten Booster Gold then travels in time for a couple more times, but always the same thing. The Joker either maims him or kills him time and time again. Badly beaten, Rip makes a confession…
It’s so sad to know that this is the case during that time. Of course this was pre-Flashpoint so its pretty clear that they didn’t even want Babs to leave the Oracle role. It’s a good thing the New 52 rolled over and gave us Batgirl back. Well at least the Batgirl we know and not that kiddie version they’ve been peddling around to look politically correct and cater to younger readers.