‘Looper’ Special: Five Best Comic Book Time Travelers

by Ryan Rigley

Today marks the release of one of the best sci-fi movies of the year: “Looper.” Starring Bruce Willis and Joseph Gordon-Levitt (as a Young Bruce Willis), “Looper” tells the tale of a hired gun whose job description includes killing predestined targets sent 30 years into the past at a designated time and place. But when one of the targets turns out to be the future version of himself, the hired gun hesitates and things start to get all sorts of crazy.

In honor of “Looper,” we thought it best to come up with our own list of noted time-travelers. Comic book time-travelers, to be specific! These characters range everywhere from superhero to supervillain, but the one thing that they all have in common is the ability to travel through time. Check ’em out after the jump!

Nathan Summers, the son of Scott Summers (Cyclops) and Madelyne Pryor (a clone of Jean Grey), was raised in a distant future where the evil mutant Apocalypse reigns supreme. With a techno-organic virus raging through his body, Nathan is sent back in time to prevent Apocalypse from ever ascending to power. As Cable, Nathan has the psionic power to displace himself and others at any given point in the timestream.

Booster Gold
Stealing futuristic technology from the Justice League exhibit of the Metropolis Space Museum, Michael Jon Carter sends himself back in time in order to create a fake superhero persona for himself and generate enough money so that he can live comfortably in the future. Thus, Booster Gold was born; a shameless self-promoting superhero obsessed with wealth and fame.

Kang the Conqueror
Born in the 30th century of an alternate, more advanced timeline, Nathaniel Richards quickly becomes bored with his highly-sophisticated surroundings. After discovering time-traveling technology created by Victor Von Doom, Nathaniel travels back in time and alters history to however he sees fit. Kang the Conqueror is a persistent enemy of both the Avengers and the Fantastic Four, extremely well-versed in the fields of temporal physics and history.

Time Trapper
A mysterious robed warlord from the distant future, the Time Trapper has complete control over time itself. He can freeze it, alter, or even separate small fragments of it, effectually creating something called a “pocket dimension.” Not much is known about the Time Trapper other than the fact that he’s part of a fascist extraterrestrial race known as the Controllers. He is one of the Legion of Superheroes’ most dangerous enemies.

Remember that part in the “Superman” movie when Superman flies around the world so fast that it rewinds time? Well, technically, that’s time-travel. This scene actually stems from the Golden Age Superman, who first broke the time barrier with his super-speed back in 1947. Obviously there’s not much that the Man of Steel can’t do. Thank goodness he’s on our side!

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