Looking over Giffin and DeMatties' work I gotta comment on their version of Ted Kord. I don't think anyone has ever written him as such a jerk. Don't get me wrong, I like seeing character faults but they could really make him unlikable. I'll even make this statement bolder by saying that I don't think Guy at his worst was as bad as their Ted. Which makes Geoff Johns "Ted always carried Booster" bit all the more head scratching.
When Booster revealed the truth about his origins to Ted, the latter calls him on being a thief. Now while this retelling of his origin was written by Jurgens it has Booster telling his bud how gambling destroyed his life in the 25th century. How gambling was considered as big a sin as being a murderer in his house. After learning this information what does Ted do? He gets Booster to help him steal U.N funds and start a gambling resort on Kooey Kooey Kooey. Think about that for a second. Then the guy that called him a crook wants to rig the machines to get their money back. Booster is quick to tell him that heroes don't steal and while the next line makes light of it his face reflects horror at the idea.
Afterward Booster is honestly upset that he's being treated as a joke and in his eyes not getting respect from his teammates. No one takes him seriously until he quits and instead of thinking about how this is affecting his best friend Ted makes it about himself. Because if Booster believes he's being treated like a joke then it HAS to be a reflection on him. Booster ponders his issues, Ted doesn't, he basically waits for an apology never giving one of his own. What makes this worse is that G/D just had Booster travel back to talk to Ted during this period. Ted knows from talking with the future version of his friend how mature he can be and that their argument won't be serious. Which means that Ted made sure it was Booster that says he's sorry (although he had no problem talking to Future Booster) and it makes his later complaints about Booster knowing too much seem more than a little cruel.
Speaking of cruel I honestly can not read the FKATJL/ICBINTJL without cringing. Part of that is because of Teds' treatment of Booster. It reads like an abusive relationship IMHO. And the last Ted story they wrote had him dragging his friends along for a job, abandoning them for a queen, lying to her, using her for sex, and blaming Booster for what's happened even though by staying to save Ted he earned the rage of his would be attacker. Ted, you seriously suck at being a good friend. Still I can't help being somewhat amused that this is the guy Booster has grieved for. Yeah, I like Ted but when he's like this I have to question why their friends. Because seriously, too many forget that Ted was the bad influence.