Superboy (Jonathan Samuel Kent)
As promised and after the warm-up with some good ol’ classics, it’s time to check and see what you all think about newer characters, starting with the new Superboy: Jonathan Samuel Kent, and not any of the previous Superboys or Supersons. I think there’s enough material with this one character.
After years of clone Superboys, and following the success of Batman’s son as Robin, someone at DC must have suggested it would be a great idea to do the same with Superman. And it is. It’s not like kids identify with Superman because he goes to high school or anything like that, so aging him is not a problem. They tried with a younger Superman (New 52) and no one seemed to care, so why not go back to the classic Superman and give him a kid?
Enter Convergence, the latest DC mega-crossover that, as is often the case with DC, failed to tell a simple story with clear consequences, opting instead to give us vignettes featuring alternate versions of characters fighting each other. Don’t get me wrong, some of the minis were enjoyable, but the main series was not what anyone was expecting, focusing on the personal voyage of a handful of characters.
Amidst all this nonsense, something happened … In the pages of Convergence: Superman #2, pre-Flashpoint Superman and Lois Lane had a kid. A kid they would name Jonathan Samuel Kent:
The story of the Superman Family would continue in Convergence #8:
We meet them again in Superman: Lois & Clark #1 which tries to explain how they ended up in the New 52 universe’s past (arriving the day of Darkseid’s attack of the first Justice League arc), but it is clear they are the very same characters that appeared in Convergence. After a flashback intro, we jump to the present where the baby has the age he currently has in the comics:
The series ends around the same time new 52 Superman dies, placing pre-Flashpoing Superman as the only Superman in the DC universe and a Jonathan Kent who starts developing superpowers. Here’s the last page from the last issue, Superman: Lois & Clark #8:
This doesn’t happen very often in comics … DC’s biggest success with this character is that they are taking their sweet time developing it before dropping him in Super-Sons, which people are now really looking forward to. The only problem with this slow development is that there’s an abudance of keys for the character. Let’s not forget the first time in costume, in Superman #2:
And last, but not least, first cover in costume: Superman #3 Rocafort Variant
So, to recap, we have here the full story of a new character from birth to development of superpowers, to first costume to first cover. Which one do you think will grab the market’s interest over the rest, though?