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Superboy: Rebirth of A Pre-52 Icon

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This is part three of my retrospective on the Superboy known as Kon-El a.k.a. Conner Kent, whose comic book history ran from 1993 to 2011 during what is called the Pre-52 Era of DC Comics.

Last time I reviewed Superboys’ first comic series which began in 1994 to his death in 2006 during Infinite Crisis. Now we look at his rebirth in Final Crisis and the beginning of his new life in Adventure Comics.  I collected graphic novels of Infinite Crisis, Final Crisis: Legion of Three Worlds and Superboy: The Boy of Steel, to catch up on the history of Kon-El. 

Final Crisis: Legion of Three Worlds was scripted by Geoff Johns and drawn by George Pérez. Johns put together such an amazing story placing Superman and the Legion of Super Heroes with two other parallel-universe versions of the Legion. Yes, confusing, but Johns does a good job of pulling it all together and giving us Parallel-universe craziness and a time paradox to boot. George Pérez’s art is timeless and beautiful.

After his death, Kon-El was placed in a regeneration chamber and was resurrected in the Final Crisis: Legion of Three Worlds comic series. Legionnaire Brainiac 5 sends Starman to travel to the 21st Century, confiscate Kon-El’s corpse and place it in the same regeneration chamber the Eradicator used to resurrect Superman. Because of the severity of the damage his body suffered from Superboy-Prime, Kon-El’s body would take one thousand years to heal. Well, thats going to just take too long since the Legion was in need of his help at the present time! This was finally completed in the thirty-first century thanks to the retrieval of a Kryptonian healing chrysalis that was buried under the ice for 1000 years, placed there by Starman. They also confiscate a strand of Lex Luthor’s hair which is placed in the chrysalis and the device resurrects Superboy, who then defeats his murderer, Superboy-Prime, with the help of The Legion of Superheroes.

 

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After his death, Kon-El was placed in a regeneration chamber and was resurrected in the Final Crisis: Legion of Three Worlds comic series. Legionnaire Brainiac 5 sends Starman to travel to the 21st Century, confiscate Kon-El’s corpse and place it in the same regeneration chamber the Eradicator used to resurrect Superman. Because of the severity of the damage his body suffered from Superboy-Prime, Kon-El’s body would take one thousand years to heal. Well, thats going to just take too long since the Legion was in need of his help at the present time!

 

This was finally completed in the thirty-first century thanks to the retrieval of a Kryptonian healing chrysalis that was buried under the ice for 1000 years, placed there by Starman. They also confiscate a strand of Lex Luthor’s hair which is placed in the chrysalis and the device resurrects Superboy, who then defeats his murderer, Superboy-Prime, with the help of The Legion of Superheroes.

Superman and Conner then return back to the 21st Century, where they reunite with both the Teen Titans and the adult Titans in San Francisco. There, Superman reintroduces them to the resurrected Superboy and Kid Flash.

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Adventure Comics’ Graphic Novel named Superboy: The Boy of Steel is the next chapter of Kon-El, written also by Geoff Johns and drawn by the talented Francis Manapul. This would become the launching pad for his new series in 2010.

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Conner settles back into his life in Smallville living with Martha Kent. He returns to Smallville High School and starts a journal with two checklists titled, “What Did Superman Do?” and
“What Does Lex Luthor Do?” as he tries to find a better purpose in life.

Conner rekindles his romance with Cassie (Wonder Girl) and reunites with Tim Drake (Red Robin), his two best friends from the Teen Titans.

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Conner starts a friendship with a fellow smallville neighbor named Lori, whom he earlier saved from drowning, vandalizing a local doctor’s practice. Conner learns in Lori’s home that the doctor had refused to help her sick mother, Lena, who happens to not have medical insurance. While trying to figure out the situation Conner answers the door for them, revealing Lex Luthor, whom Lori calls “uncle,” who then takes down Conner with Kryptonite.

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In a game of wits, Conner challenges Luthor to cure Lena. Luthor agrees, but demands Conner’s help, threatening Lori’s life. Conner collects the ingredients Luthor needs to make a cure for Lena’s condition, which restores her to full health. Lex then undoes his cure, vowing that it will stay with him until Superman is dead. Enraged, Conner attacks Luthor, but is intercepted by Brainiac, who then escapes with Luthor back to his ship. Conner realizes that there is no good in Luthor and decides to not be like Luthor or Clark, but pursue his own path in life, burning his checklist in a fire.

 

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Geoff Johns’ writing emanates the camaraderie of Kon-El and his friends. Johns gives every secondary character a small spotlight and purpose in helping Superboy decide his destiny. Francis Manapul is one of my favorite artists of all time. His character expressions, profiles, landscapes are all drawn beautifully. I highly recommend this graphic novel as a great starting point to your adventures with Superboy of the Crisis Era.

Next time we will look at Kon’s second series which ran from 2010 to 2011.

 

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