37 years ago - Paul Booker is born.
18 years ago - 19-year-old Paul becomes a golden gloves champion boxer.
15 years ago - 22-year-old Paul loses his fight licence when he fails his 3rd drug test. He becomes a mob enforcer to pay his gambling debts.
10 years ago - 27-year-old Paul is released & begins to stalk Hal Jordan He is subjected to a cosmic causality wave and discovers new chaos powers. He becomes Major Disaster and tries to kill Hal.
4 years ago - 33-year-old Paul is granted a legal pardon thanks to Manchester Black. He is recruited into the Elite, which brings him into conflict with Superman. In the aftermath of their battle, he's imprisoned again.
3 years ago - 34-year-old Paul is freed from prison by Manchester Black, but rejects his demand that he join him. Instead, he joins Vera Black's Elite and helps defeat Manchester, killing the Hat with Pamela Sonjia. Wanting to better control his abilities, he joins the Doom Patrol.
Now here's a character that's taken quite a journey. Major Disaster was conceived in the 60's as a Green Lantern/Flash villain in the classic Garner Fox & Gil Kane mold. That is to say, he was given a set of powers, a costume and only the barest hint of an explanation. Why was he able to create natural disasters? "Because science!" The character went on to not only appear in the Injustice League, but often lead it.
When Keith Giffen & J. M. DeMatteis wrote their comical take on the Justice League in the pages of Justice League International, the Injustice League was regularly used as the but of the joke. Several of them wound up becoming members of Justice League Antarctica, a team of wannabe heroes and sort-of-reformed villains. He also did a few stints in the Suicide Squad. It was certainly funny, but it wound up doing something more than a little interesting; all joking aside, Paul Booker was being set up as a very powerful villain that was open to the idea of reforming.
This was the character Doug Mahnke & Joe Kelly decided to work with when they built a replacement Justice League team in the pages of the Justice League arc Obsidian Age. By refining his look and actually acknowledging what a potentially powerful character he was, suddenly Paul Booker was a wonderful anti-hero character. He continued to play the same role in the pages of Justice League Elite, giving us a particular combination of surly grunt and Justice League levels of power. anyone that enjoys Dominic Purcell on DC'S Legends of Tomorrow would love this character.
We've removed the original injustice gang and the League of Antarctica from the timeline, as well as the whole idea of Justice League International. We've just allowed him to operate as a generic Green Lantern villain, but instead of letting him wallow as what is essentially a joke character for years, we decided to jumpstart his transition into a real threat by making him a part of the original Elite. He's taking the place of Coldcast, a character that is equal parts offensive and black lightning copycat, because he fills the same roll of being a hulking presence on the team while having a much more dangerous version of the same powers. By using him this way, we can actually include him in the Elite mythos while also giving him a very exciting role to play.
Rather than put him into the reformed Elite, we decided that he would actually be a good fit in Beast Boy's new Doom Patrol. He has the sense of tragic outsider-ness that fits that team so well, but also gives them that huge power and presence that they lack without Robotman. Despite his weird evolution, he's become a cool creation with a unique energy we don't really get anywhere else in DC.