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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Superboy Has Been Alive This Whole Time
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.
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.
Superboy Made a Life (and Family) on Gemworld
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…