Published on May 18th, 2018 | by Jeremy Carr
BATMAN #47 REVIEW
Summary: The Finale to Batman's The Gift.
4 Booster Golds
With Batman and Catwoman’s wedding less than two months away, good old Booster Gold took it upon himself to give Bruce a wedding gift. Now this wasn’t your typical wedding gift, say a coffee maker or anything; no, this was a gift that could only come from the mind of Booster Gold. He went back in time and changed the timeline so Bruce could be with his family for just a little while. As with any Booster adventure,obviously things didn’t quite to plan. As he came to return everything back to the way they should be, Skeets is destroyed and Booster is left in an alternate timeline and things are totally screwed up. Bruce isn’t Batman in this timeline and Catwoman is an absolute basket case! Then Booster in typical Booster Gold fashion, still manages to mess up to a point where Bruce Wayne’s parents still end up dead.
This brings us to Issue #47 and the finale of Tom King’s The Gift. With the alternate Batman and Catwoman being responsible for the death of Bruce Wayne’s parents, Bruce has been keeping Booster in what I imagine is current non-Batcave. Bruce has repaired Skeets and wants to return back to before his parents are killed in this timeline but cannot do so without Booster Gold’s voice. So Bruce has Booster cleaned up and brought back up to his mansion and demands Booster bring them to the point of his parent’s murder. I will not give too much away from this point but I will say Booster is absolutely brilliant in this issue, and honestly, through this entire arc.
When I read part one to this arc, I wasn’t sure if I would like where this story was heading, but I must stay that Tom King did a wonderful job of giving us a fantastic story. Now I will say the downfall is by the end of this issue you can ask yourself was it really worth it all? I mean, you could honestly skip this entire arc and it would take nothing away from the Batman story or the events leading up to the wedding, but I will say it was a fun ride through these 3 issues.
Tony Daniel did a fantastic job with art in this issue. Everything seems so bright and full of detail and just really added to this quirky and sometimes dark story. I only complaint is just a minor one: in some pages of this issue Bruce looks like a discount version of the Punisher. The only thing he was missing was the white Punisher skull. I love the Punisher, don’t get me wrong, but the design of Bruce’s vest even gives the look of a skull and we just shouldn’t have things looking too close to other characters from Marvel.
All in all, I loved this story and Tom King really made me love Booster Gold. It was a fun read but honestly it didn’t really add anything to the events leading up to the wedding and just felt like filler to burn time and issues. I encourage anyone to read this issue along with the two before it – it was a fun ride but it is not really needed, as things wrap up and don’t really amount to anything. I’m giving this issue 4 out of 5 stars because I just really liked the story, the art was beautiful and because Booster Gold was just absolutely brilliant.
CREATIVE TEAM: Tom King, Tony Daniel, Danny Miki and Sandu Florea
PUBLICATION DATE: May 16, 2018
REVIEWER: Jeremy Carr