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Superboy

Alias: Kon-El

Titans Member
Joined:
Teen Titans (fourth series) #5 [2012]

Related Links: Superboy (Pre-DCnU)

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Hero History


In the 30th century, a brutal war waged between humans and meta-humans. The man-who-would-be Harvest decided to prevent the conflict from ever happening by traveling back in time to kill the first generation of metas. He kidnapped the the infant Jon Lane Kent, the super-powered son of Superman and Lois Lane, and reared him as his living weapon of destruction. But Jon’s  unstable DNA sidelined these plans, forcing Harvest to leap back another 5 years in an effort to save his surrogate son.

Having used up all his chronal energies, Harvest was now trapped in the past as his own body began to deteriorate as well. He founded the shadowy organization known as N.O.W.H.E.R.E., whose first mission was to restore Jon Lane Kent’s deteriorating genetic structure. To that end, Harvest procured the DNA of Superman and Lois Lane, and combined it with that of Jon Lane Kent to create a clone he believed would provide a cure.  But when the clone surprisingly awoke, the scope of his stunning powers was revealed. And the nefarious organization soon saw new potential in their so-called Superboy – as a deadly weapon of destruction.

Superboy’s first true mission was to capture or kill the Teen Titans, a newly-formed group of meta-human teenagers that sought to stop N.O.W.H.E.R.E. from corrupting super-powered youths. But the clone developed a conscience during the course of the conflict, leading N.O.W.H.E.R.E. to abandon their emissary and target Superboy for death. Ultimately, the Titans were able to rescue Superboy and dismantle N.O.W.H.E.R.E.’s secret complex in the Antarctic. And with that victory, the Teen Titans welcomed Superboy into their ranks.

The clone awakens in SUPERBOY #1 [2011].

Powers & Abilities


Because he is not an exact clone of Superman, Superboy’s abilities differ. His primary power is a limited form of telekinesis that mimics super-strength and flight. He is also able to disassemble objects with a touch.

 

Essential Reading


Superboy #1-7 [2011-2012]: They thought he was just an experiment – and a failed one at that! Grown from a combination of Kryptonian and human DNA, the Clone was no more than a set of data to the scientists of Project N.O.W.H.E.R.E. But when the scope of his stunning powers was revealed, he became a deadly weapon! Now the question is: Can a clone develop a conscience? First DCnU appearances of Superboy and Rose Wilson in issue #1.
Teen Titans #5-6 [2012]:
In their first battle as a team, The Teen Titans square off against N.O.W.H.E.R.E.’s most powerful weapon… The Superboy! But can the cunning of Red Robin, the speed of Kid Flash and the psionic might of Bunker stop a threat that has already taken out the powerhouse known as Wonder Girl? The fight rages from a battle cruiser docked in the Hudson River to the Central Park Zoo, but as a world stands up and takes notice, there is a very real possibility the Teen Titans might not survive their high profile debut!
Teen Titans #7-8 [2012]: The team stages an assault against N.O.W.H.E.R.E., but they are captured and tortured under the sadistic psychic scalpel of Omen. First DCnU appearance of Omen.
Teen Titans #9, Teen Titans Annual #1, Superboy #9 and Legion Lost #9 [2012]: “The Culling”  It’s the Teen Titans vs. the Lost Legionaires with Superboy in the middle – one mile beneath the Antarctic in the chamber of horrors known as the Crucible! Ultimately, both teams duke it out with N.O.W.H.E.R.E. and the madman known as Harvest – effectively destroying the arctic complex.
Superboy #19 [2013]: Origins of Superboy and Harvest. Superboy’s genetic donors – Superman, Lois Lane and Jon Lane Kent – are revealed. First appearance of Jonathan Lane Kent, the alternate-future son of Clark Kent and Lois Lane.


Scott Lobdell on The DCnU Teen Titans


Call It A Comeback: Lobdell Returns with DCnU’s TEEN TITANS
courtesy of http://www.newsarama.com

Like all big news stories, DC’s announcement that they’re cancelling their entire existing line of DC Universe series and launching with 52 new books in September — alternately called a revamp, a reboot and the “DCnU” — contained many smaller stories within that major development.

One of the more noteworthy undercurrents of DC’s relaunch is the Scott Lobdell comeback. The writer is on three of the new 52 titles — Teen Titans, Superboy and Red Hood & The Outlaws — or, nearly six percent of the initial new DC Universe.

Scott Lobdell on the DCnU Teen Titans: I have to say I don’t really see things as being that dramatically different as much as I am seeing things being dramatically the same.

Tim Drake is still Red Robin, Cassie Sandsmark is still Wonder Girl, and everyone is still pretty much exactly who they are, just with a little custom fitting.

My first draft of Teen Titans read as if it were Teen Titans #101 — maybe a brief few months after [J.T. Krul]’s run which was ending with issue 100. People were very excited and supportive of it, but soon it was decided I didn’t go far enough: they wanted this book to feel like an issue one, not a continuation of a series cancelled by low sales. They wanted readers who were picking up Teen Titans #1 to feel like they were picking up the first issue of a new series… and so that is what Brett and I delivered.

Having said that, when the idea of Teen Titans was first created it was a book about sidekicks hanging out together. But we’ve come a long way from sidekicks – which was reflected first in Marv’s run where they are all their own super heroes, and later in Geoff’s run, where Teen Titans became about the newer generation of heroes being shown the ropes by the most recent generation.

Because that had all been done before (and done so extremely well by those guys) I didn’t feel like it was in anyone’s interest in going back and retelling those stories. I wanted to look at the idea of the Teen Titans if they were being formed right here and now. What would bring them together, and why would they stay together?

Again, Marv and George and later Geoff and Mike have given us some of the best comic stories of the past 30 years. Nothing I’m doing will change how great those stories were and will be now and forever.

 


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