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I’d Bring Conner Kent Back

Just call him Supernova or something like that!

He was a strong character, with a lot of connections around the DC Universe, and since he was a clone, he should be easy enough to bring back, so I’d bring Conner Kent back.

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I’m a Marvel fanboy, but those DC fans with whom I associate on the internet seem to be of the opinion that Conner was a great character who got killed by a lame character in a lame story to no greater purpose.

In other words, you’d get their vote.

I like the idea of a Junior Superman, whatever you call him. And Conner was a good one, with nice tie-ins to Superman history.

So, yeah, I’ll second that…

I like these “I’ds” but my only complaint is that they are shoving off some threads with some interesting discussion possibilities still left in them off the front page. Can’t the maximum amount of front page posts be temporarily increased?

Yeah, this is the Lightning Round of comment threads, isn’t it?

There’s no doubt that they will bring him back eventually. No one dies forever.

I think a great take on Superboy would be him coming back and realizing how short life is and that he should live it up–maybe like his early self or a bit more reprehensible like the late 90s Wally West. A superhero living the OC life.

Then he can organically not wear the S as rebellion statement publicly–with a secret private de-Sing from Superman. To his friends, he’s an addict. After everything, he can’t hack it and has to start from the ground up.

–K

The funny thing is that it’s okay for him to wear the S.

He just can’t call himself Superboy (FOR NOW! Didio seemed to hint that they were close to a settlement on that point).

While we’re at it, can we bring back Bart Allen too? And make him young again?

You want Conner to be Booster Gold’s dad? (I like the current Supernova, even if he’s massively cliche.)

Andrew Collins

March 15, 2008 at 4:23 pm

I think they could have had a great maturation moment for Connor where he casts off the mantle of “Superboy” and insists on either another name, or just plain Connor, as a way of moving past his ‘Daddy’ issues with both Supes and Lex Luthor. It could have kept him alive, kept Wonder Girl from turning into Emo Girl and being basically ruined as a character, and would have solved the legal woes with the “Superboy” name. Heck, they could have even made a running gag with other characters slipping and almost calling Connor “Superboy” but catching themselves before saying the full name.

As it stands now, let’s say DC works out some agreement with the Siegals for the “Superboy” name. Then what? Who are they going to call by that name? This generation’s Superboy is now dead. I guess it will just have to be for flashbacks of Clark in Smallville or with the LOSH unless an agreement prompts a miraculous recovery for Connor…

I think a great take on Superboy would be him coming back and realizing how short life is and that he should live it up–maybe like his early self or a bit more reprehensible like the late 90s Wally West. A superhero living the OC life.

Heh. Dunno.

The early-90s Superboy nowadays is like a constant reminder to me of the hypocritical sexual double-standard and how comic book fans are as prone to it as everybody else.

Superboy was an underaged skirt-chasing guy that was widely seem as cool and fun by the fans.

Now, when the new Supergirl does basically the same, she is considered horrid and wrong.

If Superboy hits on Power Girl, it’s fun. If Supergirl hits on Hal Jordan, it’s creepy.

Why not just call him superlad, or is that too close to superboy.

“I like these “I’ds” but my only complaint is that they are shoving off some threads with some interesting discussion possibilities still left in them off the front page. Can’t the maximum amount of front page posts be temporarily increased?”

DITTO! I wasn’t going to complain, but then I started using the search box. Will someone please tell me the proper thing to type into the search box in order bring up Bill Reed’s “your mission” post from a few days ago? And is there any way to bring up all the posts by a particular blogger? Or just a link, please.

“As it stands now, let’s say DC works out some agreement with the Siegals for the “Superboy” name. Then what? Who are they going to call by that name? This generation’s Superboy is now dead. I guess it will just have to be for flashbacks of Clark in Smallville or with the LOSH unless an agreement prompts a miraculous recovery for Connor… ”

they could call Zod’s son Superboy.

This idea makes so much more sense when you’re not accidentally thinking Connor Hawke. (I haven’t read the last two minis. It seemed feasible they’d do something that stupid.)

If Superboy hits on Power Girl, it’s fun. If Supergirl hits on Hal Jordan, it’s creepy.

Yes. This is because the characters are being written, by and large, by middle-aged men.

People didn’t think it was weird to have Superboy hook up with Tana Moon?

I know I did. I figured other people thought the same.

The CK in my username stands for “Conner Kent” so you know I’m with you

And also, while it may be a double standard, it is in no way limited to comics.

Look at all the high school student/teacher relationship things in the news.

Boy high school student sleeps with female teacher? It’s a “love story” and the female teacher is portrayed as a victim.

Girl high school student sleeps with male teacher? Let’s just say the odds of him being portrayed as a victim in any way, are extremely low.

Men of any age, post puberty, are expected to go after any attractive woman regardless of age.

Women are expected to stay with their own age group, and even then to be as ‘chaste’ as possible.

Men of any age, post puberty, are expected to go after any attractive woman regardless of age.

Women are expected to stay with their own age group, and even then to be as ‘chaste’ as possible.

I know. It just makes me pissed.

Sometimes I expect comic fandom to be more enlightened than the average person, but no such luck.

Hm… Bringing Conner back. let’s see how that would go…

- First, he’ll be traumatised by his own death. So he may go emo or something.
- Then, he’ll be traumatised by the loss of his right hand (which happened during his final battle). I mean, think about it for a moment. He’s got a stump with near-invulnerable torn flesh and broken bone, so he can’t even get surgery for it. If he doesn’t catch super-gangrene, he’ll become a super right-handed guy without a right hand. The Clumsy Boy of Steel.
- To mirror DC’s loss of the rights over the name Superboy, we’ll have to make Conner reject that name, since he got his butt kicked by superboys too many time: Twice in the latest Crisis by Superboy-Prime, once in Zero Hour by Legion-Superboy. He’d either feel he has no rights to the name, or be too traumatised (again) by it.

Then what? He changes his name, uniform, power, origins and personnality just like Guy Gardner did in that awful “Warrior” period, and becomes something so alien to the Conner Kent we knew and loved that we’ll end up wishing he was dead again?

GOT IT: Time travel + time cloning.

Let me explain what I mean by time cloning: First, Wonder Girl, using some time-travelling device, goes back in time, like, let’s see, one hour after Superboy escapes from Cadmus for the 1st time. She appears in front of him, grabs him and jumps 10 seconds into the past, where Superboy meets Superboy-from-10-seconds-earlier. Cassie then grabs Superboy-from-10-seconds-earlier and jumps with him into the present. That way, there is a Superboy into the past to do everything Conner did, including dying, which preserves the time stream, and there is one in the present. Of course, this Superboy is younger and immature, calls himself Superman (which resolves the “rights over the Superboy name” issue), not really what Cassie expected. But it’s too late now: He’s here to stay.

I don’t know if other people thought about Time Cloning, but that’s something I created in 1995, back when I wrote stories about the ups and down of time travel. (EX: A guy gets the power to travel back in time, he goes 6 months into the past, and instantly dies in space because 6 months ago, the Earth was on the other side of the sun)

Aww, crappo. Another comment-turned-into-a-blog. Too much enthusiasm. Sorry.

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