zack_freeman's Time Masters: Vanishing Point #3 - Passageway: Part Three review

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Review: Time Masters: Vanishing Point

The search for Batman gets positively labyrinthian as Rip Hunter, Booster Golder and their skeleton crew of "time masters" have adventures across a wider variety of epochs.

The Good

This book is just good clean fun. Even when I wasn't quite familiar with all the characters and their place in continuity (more on that below) I was still enjoying this romp through DC's chronological cosmology. Jurgens is great nuts and bolts artist whose every line is always in service of telling the story without any flashy distractions.  Maybe what I enjoyed about was the strange relationships and interactions the time travel creates - - how Rip Hunter is Booster Gold's son (I guess?), how the Hyporborean-era wizard covets the heroes' present and even how Despero keeps the likes of the Ultra Humanite and Per Degaton on task.

The Bad

As I said with the previous issue -- this title could really use a recap page or some of those mini "Who's Who" captions DC's been using lately to quickly bring readers up to speed on characters. I'm a seasoned veteran of DC's continuity and even I was having a hard time remembering who Claw, Starfire and then the Wave Riders are. The reveal on the last page would have had a lot more "oomph" if I had a little more set-up.

The Verdict - 4/5

I enjoyed this book for the same reasons I enjoyed this week's issue of Detective Comics. Jurgens isn't trying to reinvent the wheel, here, but he's crafted a comic here that delivers that kind of simple escapism that brings me back to what I enjoyed about reading comics in the first place when I was a boy. This book really ought to be titled Booster Gold, because it's directly continuing everything you enjoyed about Jurgens run on that book.

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    The Good: Very nice cover. It really catches the eye. I dunno, I just remember going into the comic shop, yeah this was already on my list but it was the first comic I noticed on the shelf, it was like, "Oh hey, Time Masters is right there all out in front or something." These little glances at the childhood of Rip Hunter are always a neat little touch and a great way to start off each issue. This one was the best yet, we got to see a bit more into the character of Daddy Booster. Serhatuu is an ...

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