Superman Just Became a Grandpa, Thanks to Superboy

Superboy fans have waited years for Conner Kent to return to the main DC Universe, and the wait is finally over. But we weren’t expecting him to be a husband and father when he made his comeback.

Hard as it may be to believe, that’s exactly the plot twist that has taken place in Young Justice. After years of wondering if Superboy had been erased in Flashpoint, it was Bart Allen a.k.a. Impulse who learned the truth by running smack into the chest of Conner Kent. While Jonathan Kent was becoming his own Superboy in DC’s Rebirth, the clone of Superman and Lex Luthor was living his own life in another dimension. And he definitely wasn’t alone.

It was Superman, his genetic ‘father’ who named him Kon-El and welcomed him into the Kent family. Will Superman extend that same honor to his new daughter-in-law and grandchild once they return to the main DC Universe?

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Fans are going to need this reveal in some context, so we’ll do our best to keep the updated story simple (something the comic series itself has struggled with in early issues, dropping readers into half a dozen confusing scenarios already). The short version? Wally West broke Bart Allen out of the Speed Force a few months back, which was just in time to meet up with Tim Drake, Cassie Sandsmark, Ginny Hex, and Teen Lantern – the roster of the new Young Justice. And just in time to help them defend the world from a squad of knights originating from ‘Gemworld,’ a fantasy realm in DC’s reality, determined to find and defeat Earth’s famous Superman in combat.

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They met the heroes of Young Justice instead, before their wormhole flipped into reverse, and sucked all the DC heroes back to their Gemworld home. Bart expected to find plenty of things when he started his superspeed scouting, but Conner Kent in his signature leather jacket was definitely not one of them. Needless to say, Bart is ecstatic to be reunited with one of his best friends. Unfortunately, their meeting is cut short by the arrival of Gemworld’s authorities. And Impulse being Impulse, he can’t help but make the situation worse, challenging the guards until they deliver a blast of electricity strong enough to take him out of the fight.

But before Bart is knocked down, Conner does offer something of an explanation for his presence in Gemworld. As he explains to Bart, and as the issue itself explains in flashbacks to Conner’s adolescent days, the early Superboy smashes his way through a S.T.A.R. Labs facility in search of answers regarding the alien beast he has just helped them defeat. When one punch reveals a room filled with gems and workers in hazmat suits, Superboy can barely react before he, too, is sent warping through space and into Gemworld. There he has stayed ever since.

Conner informs Bart that the world isn’t so bad: he’s apparently found life as a gem farmer, in keeping with his half-Kent roots. But the real reason Conner avoids any fight, and drops to his knees when the guards come calling is only revealed after Bart is shocked (for the first time). It isn’t just himself he has to worry about, but his wife and child, too.

Needless to say, there will be MAJOR SPOILERS coming next…

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The appearance of a young, dark haired woman cradling an infant (wrapped in the standard red blanket for exiled Kryptonian infants) and looking to Conner for reassurance may seem like a solid tease upon which to end the issue. But Conner soon confirms what readers will hope, but not dare believe: the unknown woman really is his wife on Gemworld, which makes the child’s parentage almost certain.

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Conner Kent’s family is going to warm the hearts of Superboy fans, whether it’s the comic book or Young Justice animated version of the Young hero they know best. And even Superman would be delighted to see that Conner may be only half Kryptonian, but that’s more than enough to pass on the El Family spitcurl. All things considered, the strongest indication that the child truly is Conner’s.

The bad news for the mystery wife and enigmatic infant is that Superboy seems destined to end this peaceful existence as a gem farmer – although the choice may not be his. With the knights denied their chance to do battle with Superman of Earth, they can’t help but notice that Conner wears the same symbol on his chest. When one of the Dark Lord’s warriors claims he is also from Earth, and recognizes Conner’s clothing originating from there (and him along with it), the hero’s hand is forced.

So, will he be forced to exercise his true superpowers and shatter this quiet, peaceful existence into dust? Or will the arrival of his wife and child remind him why he left Earth, Superman, and every other young superhero behind? Obviously even more questions remain to be asked: are Superboy’s wife and child exactly as they seem? Will Conner bring them with him and escape from Gemworld back to Earth? Will Superman be a different man, now that he’s been made a grandfather? And most importantly, is this version of Superboy even aware of the life he lived before DC’s reboot, and subsequent Rebirth? The exact continuity that writer Brian Michael Bendis is keeping to or completely ignoring for Young Justice has been difficult to decipher.

Hopefully Bendis has a plan, but either way, we won’t let that spoil any of the fun for now. And if fans of the newly resurrected Young Justice cartoon needed another reason to experience the teams comic book rebirth, well, you don’t usually get a better reason than Superboy’s new wife and child. No matter how this shocking reveal ultimately plays out.

Young Justice #3 is available now from your local comic shop, and directly from DC Comics.

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2019-03-15 11:03:05

Andrew Dyce

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