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Monday, October 24, 2022

New Release: Human Target 8

If you're looking for Booster Gold in the new releases coming to your Local Comic Shop this week, look no further than the display case holding the rare covers!

This is the "1:25 variant cover by Ryan Sook" for Human Target #8:

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Oddly, that cover omits the issue's Very Special Guest Star, Rocket Red, visible in the preview at AIPTComics.com. Which Rocket Red? I'm really not sure.

Early issues of this series (and the cover of the hardback collection) included an image of original JLI-era Dimiti Pushkin (Rocket Red 4), and I might have expected Gavril Ivanovich (Rocket Red 07) who was a member of the New 52 JLI. But the armor of the Rocket Red in the preview looks like that of Maks Chazov (Rocket Red 01), who was a member of the pre-Flashpoint Checkmate.

So which one is under that mask? Just one more mystery for the Human Target to solve before he finally dies.

UPDATE 2022-10-25: Though it is never explicit, clues in the issue imply that the man wearing the Rocket Red 01 armor is Dimiti Pushkin. So is this an error of the writer (who didn't make it clear which Rocket Red it was supposed to be), the artist (who didn't verify which Rocket Red he was supposed to be drawing), or the editor (who didn't pay enough attention to which suit it should have been)... or is this an intentionally revisionist history of the Rocket Reds by one or more of the above?

Anyway, Booster's not in this book. So whatever.

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