Published on January 10th, 2018 | by Andrew Bistak
Action Comics #995 Review (Booster Shot)
Summary: Action Comics #995 was another fun read and Dan Jurgens is once again kicking goals on his Superman run with some great characterisation and fun stories. He has a knack of getting into the mindset of both Superman and Booster to which the later he created and I’m eager to see where all this time jumping is heading besides Action Comics #1000!
Writer Dan Jurgens and artist Brett Booth return readers to our two time lost heroes, Superman and Booster Gold (aka Michael Jon Carter) who have found themselves in the 25th century, the home of Michael. Previously, Booster had pushed their escape from a doomed Krypton, however one of the Eradicator’s hitched a ride on board Booster’s time sphere. This issue starts with this Eradicator questioning who this unconscious Superman is as he has the genetic markers of the House of El, however he is not listed in this AI’s database… <cue curious music>
So while the two heroes duke it out against the Eradicator, Superman is questioning Booster’s decision of leaving Krypton which could have resulted in saving this world. Funnily enough it is Booster who is the voice of reason here as he ‘politely’ informs the Man of Steel of the major repercussions should that have occurred. However when the local authorities of this time arrive, things get very messy and to make matters worse, Skeets informs them that the time sphere is damaged. With the odds against them, Superman and Skeet make a tactical retreat while Booster is captured by the security forces as the heroes are literally up the time stream without a paddle.
Imprisoned, Booster is reunited with his criminal father where they share a ‘moment’ as this man forced Michael down this path as the reader is given a snapshot into his origin. Although his father almost manages to escape and leaves his son imprisoned, Superman arrives just in time to incarcerate him again. Clark also does the unthinkable and thanks to Skeets, he steals the parts needed to fix their time sphere but before leaving the 25th century, Booster makes a very emotional visit to his mother. Back in the time stream and thanks to the damaged Eradicator, they find themselves on a planet with two suns, with a giant statue of Zod as the issue ends.
Action Comics #995 was another fun read and Dan Jurgens is once again kicking goals on his Superman run with some great characterisation and fun stories. He has a knack of getting into the mindset of both Superman and Booster to which the later he created and I’m eager to see where all this time jumping is heading besides Action Comics #1000!