The time-traveling hero Booster Gold will go up against one of his greatest foes in Convergence as he faces Brainiac — and this one is the big daddy of all Brainiacs.
Dan Jurgens, who created the Booster Gold character back in 1986, will be depicting his heroics yet again in Convergence: Booster Gold, the two-issue tie-in series to DC's April/May mega-event.
From the many, many clues we've been given about Booster Gold's role in Convergence (particularly in September's Futures End: Booster Gold), it appears that young Booster from the New 52 universe and an older, pre-reboot version of Booster were manipulated into giving Brainiac the secret location of a place called Vanishing Point — a dimension that lies outside the normal space/time continuum.
From there, Brainiac could theoretically access any timestream or timeline in DC's history. As a result, it looks like Brainiac was able to collect domed cities from throughout the DCU, and they all meet in Convergence.
While Convergence: Booster Gold is one of dozens of two-issue tie-in series for the main Convergence series, it's arguably one of the more important ones in terms of connection to the overarching Convergence story. Jurgens is one of the most well-versed architects of the whole Convergence event — he co-wrote The New 52: Futures End, which ties directly into Convergence, he paved the way for the April-May event back in September with the story in Booster Gold: Futures End, and he co-wrote the lead-in to the story, Convergence #0.
Newsarama talked to Jurgens to find out more about Brainiac, the story of his Convergence: Booster Gold issue, and whether Booster might meet Blue Beetle along the way.
Newsarama: Dan, who is the star of the Convergence: Booster Gold issues? Is it New 52 Booster Gold, or the older Booster?
Dan Jurgens: The only thing better than one Booster is two Boosters! You'll see both of them here.
Nrama: So does this pick up where we left off in the Futures End: Booster Gold issue from September? Or how does it relate to what we saw in that issue?
Jurgens: Yeah, it picks up not long after the Futures End: Booster Gold issue. They're directly plugged into what's happening here, so it was a natural story progression.
Nrama: We've been learning about this Brainiac in the weekly Futures End issues during the last few weeks. Can you explain who this Brainiac is, and what part he plays in the Convergence: Booster Gold story?
Jurgens: Manifestations of Brainiac exist across all aspects and universes of DC history, with each of them generally unaware of that fact.
There is one controlling Brainiac who coordinated all of them. That's the Brainiac you've seen in Futures End.
Like all Brainiacs, he collects cities. However, his reach extends far beyond what we've seen in the past, and this Brainiac was able to reach in and take cities from a moment or two before their reality might have ended.
In essence, Brainiac has collected cities from all across DC's publishing history.
Nrama: We've also been seeing that Brother Eye is an important part of Futures End — Batman Beyond seems to have failed in his attempt to prevent the entity from gaining power. Is Brother Eye part of Convergence?
Jurgens: Brother Eye is much more focused on as part of the Futures End weekly. We began with his story and that's where we'll end.
Nrama: OK, let's get back to your two issues of Convergence: Booster Gold. Where does the story take us? Where does it start, and where does Booster get to travel? Blood Moon? The past? Future?
Jurgens: Booster and company travel to a couple of different places, and the cover to #2 pretty much indicates the Legion of Super Heroes are among those Booster will encounter. In addition, there is one particular DC character that Booster just has to come face to face with.
It wouldn't be a Booster story without him! I'm sure you all know who I'm referring to.
Nrama: We already got a hint from Ron Marz that Booster Gold and Blue Beetle reuniting might happen somewhere in Convergence. But who are the other players in the story?
Jurgens: Rip Hunter and Booster's sister, Michelle.
Nrama: That makes sense. We know that Booster Gold's freed from jail in the first issue, but what's the main goal for Booster Gold, Rip and Michelle in this two-issue story?
Jurgens: The older Booster has a very particular problem that needs to be solved.
Not an easy one to beat, either.
Nrama: We already know — or at least suspect — that Vanishing Point plays an important role in how Brainiac got to all these timelines, and that Booster was the one who revealed the location of Vanishing Point. It feels like these two issues of Convergence: Booster Gold are tied very directly into the overall Convergence story. Is that a correct assumption?
Jurgens: Stay tuned! I don't want to give anything away regarding the spine book.
Nrama: The artist on Convergence: Booster Gold is Alvaro Martinez? What's the visual tone of the story and how's it been working with the artist?
Jurgens: It was great working with Alvaro again, as he drew the Aquaman: Futures End story I wrote a few months back. I think he had a lot of fun with this.
Nrama: We've talked a little about this when we discussed your Convergence: Superman issue, but what do you think of the overall Convergence story, particularly now that you see what's coming out of the event?
Jurgens: I hope it'll be a lot of fun for readers who remember certain aspects of the DCU and the characters within that they might be missing.
In many ways, it's like visiting old friends. There are some very fun moments coming up.
Nrama: We've missed Booster Gold being part of the DCU for the last couple years, since he disappeared in that Justice League International Annual in 2012. Any hint you can give us about whether we'll see more of him in the next couple years than we did in the last?
Jurgens: Tell DC Co-Publisher Dan DiDio you'll buy 10 copies each of every issue and that all your friends will do the same and you'll have a Booster Gold series in no time.
Nrama: You keep returning to Booster Gold, but we still don't have an ongoing series for the character. How would you feel about returning to him on an ongoing basis?
Jurgens: Of course, I'd love to. At the same time, I have more than enough to keep me busy these days.
Nrama: Any other hints you can give about the future of Booster?
Jurgens: We have a rather special development at the end — something that might open some doors.
That's what good storytelling is all about!