Saturday, May 4, 2013
Superboy's Genetic Make-Up Revealed
Back when Superboy #19 came out, I was disappointed to learn that Lois Lane was part of the genetic makeup of Kon-El.
I had my reasons which I understand not everybody agreed with. But the biggest reasons were:
1) "Jon", the son of Clark and Lois in an alternate future, is raised by the villain and becomes a tyrant and a murderer. Even from an alternate future, I felt that Superman's son shouldn't be a killer.
2) Removing the Lex portion of Superboy's DNA make-up seemed to remove a lot of what I thought was a fascinating aspect of the character, a merging of the good and the bad.
When I voiced my concerns, I was reminded that the mystery 'third' strand of DNA was still an unknown, that maybe Luthor was still in the mix. Last week on Newsarama, Lobdell put that to theory to rest. Here is the link: http://www.newsarama.com/comics/scott-lobdell-clarifies-superboys-origin.html
Now, you might question just how clear a story was if an author needs to go to a website to explain the character's origin story. And, you might also question, just what people who don't routinely go to Newsarama or who didn't read this story are thinking about the confusing origin. But, unlike let's say .... H'El's powers or origins ... at least Lobdell explained things. I still would prefer that the story be told in the story.
Still, I just stumbled on to the interview a couple of days ago. I would still be confused otherwise.
As always, I advise you read the interview in total. But here is the key blurb for me:
Jon is his own species. He is the only Human/Kryptonian in the known universe, so if — for an example — H'El were to examine Superboy on a genetic level, he would see a human strand (Lois), a Kryptonian strand (Superman) and a third and at least unidentifiable strand, the unique Human/Kryptonian strand that was Jon Lane Kent. It would be — as the alien in Superboy #3 called it, something unspeakable?
So, that's that.
Superboy's DNA make-up is Superman, Lois Lane, and Jon (who is half Superman/half Lois Lane).
I don't think that changes any of my earlier complaints. If anything it adds to them because it removes any other DNA source from Kon. What we have is Jon, the villainous son of Superman and Lois. And Kon, who is a genetic amalgam of Superman, Lois, and Jon. And I don't know where you can go from there.
I have followed the book since it's inception and watched as it struggles a bit to find a foundation for Kon to be built on. There have been several soft reboots or rethinkings in the year and a half the book has been around. So I will see where this new new new origin goes. But I don't particularly like this new origin.