Written by: Tom King
Art by: Tony S. Daniel, John Livesay, Tomeu Morey, & Clayton Cowles
Published by: DC Comics
What it’s about…
“THE TRAVELERS” part one! Booster Gold has come to Gotham City, and he’s enlisting Batman and Catwoman to go on a time-traveling mission to rescue…Booster Gold! It seems a younger Booster Gold has gone back in time to kidnap an even younger version of himself, and to rescue his own past, Booster must pursue both of his previous incarnations through Batman’s history to find out what is going on. The start of a new story that will sow the seeds for a whole new epic to come—and also the return of Master Class artist Tony S. Daniel (DAMAGE) to BATMAN!
What I thought about it…
I’ve been reading Tom King’s Batman since he started on the title a couple of years ago. I know many fans don’t like what King is doing on this book, for the most part, I’ve really enjoyed his work on Batman. I’ve particularly enjoyed the stuff after “The war of Jokes and Riddles” as we get closer to the Bat & Cat wedding.
But Batman #45, WTF?!?
I did not like this issue one bit. In Batman #45 characters don’t act like themselves. I don’t meant Bruce Wayne, or Batman, I’m talking about Booster Gold. He doesn’t act like the Booster I’ve read for three decades. Booster is many things, but I seriously doubt he would just stand there while Green Lantern blows his own head off, let alone think it was “awesome.” The only character in this issue that is acting normal, it freaking Skeets.
Another disappointing aspect of this issue was the glimpses into the lives of the Robins. Tim Drake works at a cubicle, Jason Todd sells car tires, and Duke is lobotomized or something. These could have been interesting plotlines to follow, but we never go back to them. So I’m not sure what the point of even showing them was.
The art by Tony S. Daniel isn’t bad at all. However, a few times in Batman #45 I got the feeling he was trying to imitate Jim Lee rather than doing his own thing. This was especially noticeable in a scene where Batman “hangs” Boster Gold from a Batrope. Normally I wouldn’t bring this up, but because I’ve seen Daniel do draw some great stuff in the past, I feel like it needed mentioning.
Although Batman #45 is not my favorite issue of the Rebirth era, I’m still interested to see how things play out. Which we know they will, since as far as I know the Batman and Catwoman wedding is still on for Batman #50.
Batman #45 score: C-