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Friday, March 15, 2019

Pointing the Finger

If you look at that Heroes in Crisis house ad I reposted on Monday, you'll see that DC claimed the list of potential murders is limited to

Beast Boy
Booster Gold
Green Arrow
Harley Quinn
John Constantine
Kyle Rayner
Lex Luthor
Mr. Terrific
Poison Ivy
Red Robin
The Atom
The Riddler
Wally West
Wonder Woman

So that was the list I used when I created Monday's poll asking who Booster boosters believe the Sanctuary killer really is.

Given that we already know that Booster Gold and Harley Quinn accuse one another of being "the" murderer, they had to be poll options. Internet rumors have fingered Wally West for months, so I included him. I chose Poison Ivy to round out the poll options because other than Superman and Wonder Woman, neither of whom is likely to have gone kill crazy, Ivy is the only other character in the list who has actually been mentioned in the series so far. I have a hard time believing that even Tom King would resolve his story by revealing a character that wasn't in any of the previous issues.

Given those four options, you chose none of the above.

Last week's poll question: Who is responsible for the deaths at Sanctuary as seen in Heroes in Crisis? (38 votes)

Who is responsible for the deaths at Sanctuary as seen in <em>Heroes in Crisis</em>?

So who are you thinking?

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Monday, March 11, 2019

Elementary, My Dear

Now that we're 2/3 of the way through Heroes in Crisis, we should have all the players, even if we still don't know all the clues. That's means it's finally time to start guessing. Whondunnit?

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DC released the above tease in the pages of DC Nation #2 last July. Note the promise that one of the indicated characters will be "a murderer," two would be murdered, and three would be accused. Let's pretend that DC was playing fair.

Thus far, it seems only Booster and Harley have been accused. Will share some blame? Aren't three of the characters in that ad dead? And, most importantly, who's the guilty party?

This week's poll question: Who is responsible for the deaths at Sanctuary as seen in Heroes in Crisis? Please visit the Boosterrific Polls page to view results for this week's poll.

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Friday, February 1, 2019

Say Goodnight, Gracey

In October 2010, as Time Master: Vanishing Point was just rolling out, I asked "Which character would you like to see as Booster Gold's future wife?" The winner of that poll was Trixie Collins.

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In November 2015, after Convergence revealed all DC Continuities still existed, I asked "Which character would you expect to see revealed as Booster Gold's future wife?" Trixie won that vote, too.

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So who will win this year? One guess.

Last week's poll question: Who was Booster Gold's wife in Time Master: Vanishing Point? (43 votes)

Who was Booster Gold's wife in <em>Time Master: Vanishing Point</em>?

People like Trixie. I don't blame them. I like her, too. But I don't think Jurgens ever intended her to marry Booster Gold any more than he did Blair Butler or Power Girl (both hinted at in Booster Gold #28).

You'll note that Sondra Crain was the least popular option in all three polls. For those too young to remember, Crain was anti-hero of "The Tomorrow Memory," climaxing in Booster Gold #30. Her goal was to prevent the past that created her in the hopes of making a better future. However, over the course of the story, she fails at her original goal. In fact, the only thing that she truly manages to accomplish is the salvation of young Gracey Greene.

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As you might have realized by now, Gracey is my guess for Booster's wife. Granted, she may seem underage to be romancing our hero, but that's only because you're not thinking fourth dimensionally. From the right point of view, she is nearly five hundred years older than Micheal "Booster" Carter.

My guess isn't only based on Gracey's blond hair and fair skin. It also happens that Jurgens was working on Time Masters: Vanishing Point at the same time that "The Tomorrow Memory" was going to print. I don't think it's a coincidence he saved one person (only one!) from the destruction of Coast City in a story that was otherwise about how changing time was impossible unless he had a plan for that character.

Am I right? Who knows. Given how notoriously tight-lipped Jurgens is about his intentions and abandoned story threads, it may be decades or more before we ever get an "official" answer to this question.

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Monday, January 28, 2019

The Mother of His Child

Last week's biography of Trixie Collins led to some discussion of whether she might be Booster Gold's wife and Rip Hunter's mother. Frankly, I can only guess.

Time Masters: Vanishing Point was infuriatingly vague on any details about the identity of Booster's wife. Here's a run down on the info we did get:

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1. She is Caucasian.

2. She has blond hair.

3. That's it.

So who is she? Who will Michael "Booster" Carter one day love and trust enough to reveal all his secrets to? Who would join him in his sworn duty to save time itself from any and all threats?

Could it be Trixie Collins, his former secretary and conscience introduced in Booster Gold Volume 1? (She's a natural red-head, but that's what hair dye is for.)

Could it be Sondra Crain, a time-cop working for a future United States government to "fix" time in Booster Gold Volume 2? (She and Booster crossed paths only briefly during the destruction of Coast City, but she did convince him to try to save the world.)

Could it be Alexandra Gianopoulos, the Greek heiress that Booster met in the Flashpoint timeline shortly after the conclusion of Vanishing Point? (She might have died, but when has death ever stopped true love?)

Could it be Godiva, his flirtatious teammate from Justice League International, Volume 3? (Their team didn't exist until after the events of Vanishing Point, but time travel is inherently non-linear.)

Or could it be someone we haven't met yet (or maybe even someone else we have)? What do you think?

This week's poll question: Who was Booster Gold's wife in Time Master: Vanishing Point? Please visit the Boosterrific Polls page to view results for this week's poll.

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Friday, January 11, 2019

Max Enemies

Max Lord is the big "winner" receiving a clear majority of the vote, so I feel comfortable declaring him Booster Gold's arch nemesis, Rebirth continuity be damned!

Last week's poll question: Which villain do you consider to be Booster Gold's arch-enemy? (47 votes)

Which villain do you consider to be Booster Gold's arch-enemy?

(If you voted "someone else," who did you have in mind? Dirk Davis?)

While we're on the subject of villains, someone has been making Booster Gold's life miserable recently in the pages of Heroes in Crisis. (We all agree Booster is innocent, right? Right.) The identity of the real culprit has been the subject of much debate recently as the series nears its halfway point.

One popular Internet theory is that the real villain is Skeets. This is mostly based on one panel in Batman #50 that remains unexplained. The link between these two stories is writer Tom King. Could he have been dropping Heroes in Crisis clues in Batman? I doubt it. I just can't believe that he'd crib so blatantly from 52.

The manager of my Local Comic Shop thinks that the mastermind behind the murders is Psycho Pirate. For those who don't know, Psycho Pirate — a character with key ties to the biggest crisis, Crisis on Infinite Earths — has the ability to manipulate emotions, a power that fits well into a story advertised as being about Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. (For what it's worth, PP is also in the aforementioned panel with Skeets in Batman #50. But then so was the Joker. Joker can't be behind all this, can he?)

Personally, I've decided that there aren't really any murders in Heroes in Crisis. I think it's all just one ongoing computer simulation designed to.... Well, I'm not sure what it's designed to do. Unfortunately, no one can be told what the matrix is. We'll all have to see it for ourselves.

If you need some evidence to support your pet theory, Vaneta Rogers put together a list of the clues at Take a look and see if you can't solve these crimes before Booster Gold does.

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