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Friday, January 9, 2015

There Really Should Be a Booster Gold Comic

On Tuesday, Evan Narcisse ranted in favor of the need for a Booster Gold comic in 2015 on

While I whole-heatedly support Evan's call for a new series, I would disagree with his assessment of Micheal Jon Carter as a little harsh.

He's a pitchman that only does heroic deeds to burnish his own recognizability. In an age where Twitter and Instagram follower counts are a thing for some people to envy, we need a superhero series who'd obsess over how many faves and retweets his exploits get.

Even at his worst, in the early issues of the first volume of Booster Gold, Booster clearly cared about "doing the right thing." He'd just be sure that he maximized the profit return on that behavior. That's not being a jerk. That's being human.

Is it a hero's job to rescue every cat stuck in every tree? That may be ideal moral behavior, but is it rational? Or possible? An omnipotent alien like Superman may have the resources to catch every purse snatcher and still help little old ladies across the street, but a Booster Gold has to eat and pay bills. Everyday heroes like policemen and firemen are paid for doing their jobs, so why should we expect "super" heroes to do their work for free?

What Narcisse and I do agree on is that Booster Gold is imperfect, just like you and me. That's what makes him interesting, and that's why we need more Booster Gold in 2015.

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