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Booster Gold, Vol. 1: 52 Pick-Up

(Booster Gold (2007) #1)

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  1,091 ratings  ·  47 reviews
Booster Gold, the time-traveling super-hero from tomorrow, is back, and now that someone is exploiting the ravaged time stream in hopes of eliminating the world's greatest heroes, only Booster can stop them. Collecting BOOSTER GOLD #1-6 and the origin story from 52 #24! ...more
Hardcover, 160 pages
Published May 20th 2008 by DC Comics
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I love Booster Gold.
And when I tell people that, I usually get some funny looks. But it's true! And this title is what made me a fan. My love affair started with The OMAC Project project, but 52 Pick-up kinda solidified my feelings.


The gist is that Booster is a newly reformed self-serving glory hound who has only recently gained a smidge of respect from some of the members of the Justice League. Just when it looks like all his dreams are finally within reach, he finds out that he is destined t
Wing Kee
Jan 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Oh Michael you are fun!

World: Dan Jurgens art, yes please! The world building is fantastic cause it builds on 52 and allows the entire DCU to be the playground for Booster which is a smart thing that Johns did. The time travel aspects of this world is also great, I can see how Legends of Tomorrow took this premise cause it allows for so much exploration and fun.

Story: Paced well and truly hilarious in a way that's not forcing the reader to laugh but rather enjoy and be amised organically. The p
James DeSantis
Mar 04, 2018 rated it liked it
I've been hearing I really have to pick this up so I finally did. Any good? Let's talk about it.

Booster Gold is a royal fuck up. Like, he's a cool guy, but he's also kind of a asshole and plays too much. Ever since we lost Ted though Booster trying to be better. He trying to take his superhero role a bit more serious. On top of that he gets a chance to visit very big moments in other heroes lives and try to change it for the better or fix things. Usually he can, sometimes not so lucky, but this
Will Robinson Jr.
Dec 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novels
Once again Geoff Johns does not disappoint. I was introduced to the character of Booster Gold through the Justice League animated cartoon series. The character was an instant hit for me. The more I investigated the back history to the character the more I wanted to know. Booster is basically the idea of a superhero fan boy wanting to get in on the superhero action. I like the idea that some ordinary guy in the DC universe future who decides to use the technology of his time to come to our presen ...more
Oct 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Great "pick-up" after the 52 storyline. Also is a great example of what DC does best, focusing on lower grade heroes and making us care for them and like them as much as the higher grade heroes. This story takes probably the most selfish hero in comics and turns him into one of the more selfless ones. As you read through the story, you can see the transformation and character development that is taking place within Booster as he exchanges his own self interests and what he believes he is entitle ...more
Jul 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
Booster Gold is a washed up football player from the future. He had visions of being rich and famous but got caught throwing games for cash. Only able to get work as a museum guard Booster decides to steel future tech and travel to the past to strike it rich as a superhero. A laugh to most everyone Booster was a joke, until he became entangled in a dangerous mission with time traveling guardians. Now Booster is on a secret mission to protect all of time from those who have the power to bend it t ...more
Gayle Francis
Jan 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics, 2017, january-2017
Me: Okay, I've read this entire series before and cried about 47 times. But now that I know everything that happens, I'll be fine.

Book: Hey, remember this Guy Gardner moment in the first arc?

Me: ....not really. I only really got into Guy after I read this arc.


Me: Okay, one cry. I can have one cry.

Book: Oh, and remember how much Booster wanted to save Ted?

Me: ...yes. I am sure I remember how much he wanted to save Te
Jul 09, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics, dc
Booster Gold, the self-serving, product-endorsing superhero, is recast post- 52 as the guardian of the timestream, along with his sarcastic robot Skeets and bearded mentor Rip Hunter. Booster now jumps through time saving the time stream (and other superheroes' continuity) from other Sons of Doc Brown.
Booster Gold's never been a hero I've cared about, but, like always, Geoff Johns makes him interesting by emphasizing his history and his family. The makeover that started in 52 is complete!
Sep 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics, superhumans
I really enjoyed reading Booster Gold in 52, so I was happy to get to read this. Luckily, it is a fun book. Booster has been tapped to help Rip Hunter repair errors in the time stream. By the time the book has come to an end, there's been a big shift in the plot, and there are still plenty of questions left unanswered. I'd be more eager to keep reading, but I'm uneasy about the direction the story has taken. (view spoiler) ...more
Dec 09, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comic-books
Super heroes and time travel! The Reece's peanut butter cup of cool comic book ideas.
Booster Gold, one of the few that came out of the '52' series fixed and better than he had been, is now working with time traveler, Rip Hunter ( who has been fixed up into DC's Doctor Who') to fix all damage done to the time line up the constant messing with the fabric of reality from recent big event stories.
So, they go bouncing around DC comics history, trying to set things straight, or at least not cause more
Jun 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novels
Geoff Johns is hands down one of the best comic writers out there. I had recently read the rebirth and he has set the DC nation back in line. Booster Gold is a character I know little about but have came across him during the TV series Smallville. This had incricate stories and characters moving through the issues. Johns can write for any character and he gets them so well. This book rocks and is fun to read without dragging the story out. The book is part of a series I'm eager to finish. ...more
Jan 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
More of a 3.5, but I'm rounding up on this one. Really my only problem is that it piggybacks directly off of Infinite Crisis and 52, both of which I've never read before. Now I have plans to eventually read both of them. I really liked Booster Gold, just the right amount of jerk to hero ratio, and just the idea behind him is a cool concept. ...more
Oct 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
(*This volume should be read with Volume 2!!! Arc continues and ends there)
Jumping on point?: Yes. No deep backstory needed to read.
Review: Booster Gold, in his own series. 'Nuff said.

But if you need more, this is the first volume of Booster's adventures. Booster Gold (Michael Carter) is a washout from the 25th century who had the bright idea to travel back in time and become a hero- with the advantage of historical records to tell him how to be in the right place at the right time. He wasn't ag
Mar 30, 2018 rated it it was ok
Sometimes I feel like I'm the only one who isn't hopelessly in love with Geoff Johns. What I've read of his stuff thus far is horribly inconsistent.

Green Lantern was shallow fan-wank.
Aquaman was...surprisingly delightful.

Booster Gold is...ok? I mean, it seems like this is something more beneficial to long time DC readers and not so much people like myself who are looking into possible gateways to new titles to read. Aside from that, it's also very sloppily written...

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Mar 31, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dc
I love anything related to time travel. I also love Booster Gold, even though I haven’t really read much with him, but he’s always a highlight to me whenever I see him in anything. His interactions with any other characters are usually a lot of fun. His interactions with Skeets are the best though!

It’s interesting to see what the consequences are when something in the past is changed or no matter how hard they try to change something the output is still the same. This story was fine. It involve
Apr 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
I’d go 4.5 on this, for both the hugely entertaining story and the fantastic art. Booster Gold has always been a favourite, and I love the way this series manages to integrate the comedic relief Booster of the past into the present. It actually becomes a very relevant plot point. The use of Rip Hunter is excellent too, as are the cameos by several heroes and villains. The Beetles team up is lots of fun of course.
The art is clean, laid out brilliantly, and peppered with some lovely full page spre
Jun 17, 2018 rated it liked it
My first Booster Gold book and this doesn't disappoint. 52 Pick-Up is entertaining and lively. The character is funny and the time-traveling adventures are engaging (at times too emotional). The panels are bright and the artwork has its classic feel to it. Too bad the ending is another cliffhanger and DC does not have a collected edition for the whole 5 book series. It would have been a great collection. ...more
Nov 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: DC Comics fans
Booster Gold has obviously been played only for laughs almost his entire existence but Geoff Johns and and Jeff Katz bring to life the same humor but a more rounded character. This Booster is aware of his role and is making power moves to save his best friend. The time travel wackiness is fun and exciting. Dan Jurgens' art is perfect for the character. I thought this book would be just be mindless fun but it was so much more. Really good read. ...more
Jul 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: dc-comics
I really liked this volume; it's reminiscent of DC's Legends of Tomorrow tv show. Each issue is set in a different time period of the DC universe (e.g. Birth of the Flash, The Killing Joke, etc.). Booster Gold and Rip Hunter are fun characters with distinct ideologies, and their interactions throughout the volume kept me engaged from start to finish. ...more
William Wygle
Apr 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
A thrilling and funny time travel story featuring Booster Gold and The Justice League as the supporting cast. Booster Gold attempts to change time by saving his best friend, The Blue Beetle (aka Ted Kord), but first he has to give some time anomalies that are affecting The Justice League. Good story.
Nigel kimber
Jan 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Pure gold!

What an exciting story with terrific artwork. Admittedly I have always thought Booster Gold was underrated as a superhero. Now here he is centre stage & deservedly so with his cool costume, & witty asides. More than a match for any super villain. But can he save his old friend Blue Beetle?
Nov 19, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016, dc-comics
This was pretty heavy on the time travel. Booster Gold is alright, but I felt biased towards Rip Hunter just because of the show Legends of Tomorrow. The artwork was good and the plot was fine, but I still don't feel any particular way about Booster Gold. ...more
May 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
Aug 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
I didn't like him at first but I think he is growing on me. ...more
Dec 11, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Booster Gold is one of my favourite comic book characters and this is the perfect jumping on point for any reader. A character travelling through time in the DC universe is just a cool idea. It contains a brief origin story and what this character has been doing up to this point. The art is by Booster Gold creator Dan Jurgens and is pretty solid. One thing I find when i'm reading Geoff Johns books is that he likes to tease future storylines in a lot of his books, this can be a good thing in that ...more
Aug 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: dc-comics, 2013
I absolutely love Booster Gold. He's definitely in my top 10 favorite superheroes. Really, I love anything that has to do with time travel. Add Geoff Johns, Dan Jurgens, and Norm Rapmund, and you've got the perfect comic series for me!

This is a really good series so far, though it hasn't done anything to really blow me away yet. The throwbacks to Infinite Crisis and The OMAC Project were awesome, seeing Booster fight for something other than fame and riches is probably the best thing to come fro
Aug 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I love Booster Gold! He always seems to be the glory hound in any comic that I read with him in it. I love that in this particular trade he becomes a great hero, but in order to do so he shuns the Justice League and acts behind the scenes. I love the references made to future DC projects like Blackest Night and to past stories like The Killing Joke. Booster can be a real hero when he wants to be. The relationship between him and Skeets is fun to read about. Overall a great read.
James Bowman
A solid superhero series that puts a new spin on the character of Booster Gold. Instead of a hero overtly seeking fame and fortune, Booster has to become a secret defender of the timestream, while still pretending to be the jerk the world thinks he is. Combine that with some interesting trips into DC's (pre-reboot) history and fun yet heartfelt characterizations all around, and you have one of the better series to spin out of the Infinite Crisis era. (B+) ...more
Nov 17, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: dc, graphic-novels, own
Geoff Johns does it again! This book is called "52 Pick-Up" 'cause it literally picks up Booster's story right where the "52" series left off. This was a really well written tale with a mature Booster (well as mature as he's going to get) that really shows why Booster is the greatest hero you'll never know. ...more
Jul 30, 2011 rated it really liked it
Booster Gold is tapped to protect the timestream from those who would pollute it, leading him to cross paths with Green Lantern Sinestro, the Joker's attack on Barbara Gordon, and even Jonah Hex. Normally time-travel capers can be a headache, but here it becomes a fun look back at the DC multiverse. ...more
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Geoff Johns originally hails from Detroit, Michigan. He attended Michigan State University, where he earned a degree in Media Arts and Film. He moved to Los Angeles in the late 1990s in search of work within the film industry. Through perseverance, Geoff ended up as the assistant to Richard Donner, working on Conspiracy Theory and Lethal Weapon 4. During that time, he also began his comics career ...more

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