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Wednesday, November 17, 2021

Criminal Profiling

To help Christopher Chance find who tried to murder Lex Luthor in the pages of Human Target #1, Andrew Firestone has compiled a list of suspect "ranked in order of suspicion" for ScreenRant.com. Guess who he has at number 1?

Most superheroes do what they do because they feel they have a moral obligation to their fellow man to help other people. Not Booster Gold. Notable future time-traveler Booster, also known as Michael Jon Carter, claims he went back in time to the present day to become a famous, wealthy hero with the aid of futuristic technology. While Booster is rarely afforded the opportunity to actually become famous and wealthy in the comics, instead mostly serving as an honest and reasonably dependable hero, the fact remains that a hero with knowledge of the future could easily stop such an attempt on Luthor's life, but chooses not to. This immediately casts suspicion upon him chief among the league. The most likely reason is obvious: that Booster Gold actually went back in time to stop a world-ending catastrophe by killing the man who caused it: Lex Luthor. After all, if Booster Gold were really here from the future to get rich, why aren't there more like him?

I think he's wrong, of course, but maybe only because I've read every Booster Gold comic published in the past 36 years. Since Tom King's Human Target is reimagining the Booster Gold of 1988, who knows what the past holds now?

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Justice League America #90 (1994)

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