In cover art for Dark Crisis: War Zone #1, Conner Kent’s Superboy is depicted facing off with Doomsday. This battle is a long time coming for Conner.
Thirty years after Superman #75, Clark Kent’s brother, Superboyis finally getting revenge for Superman’s iconic death at the hands of Doomsday. In cover art by Mario “Fox” Foccillo and Prasad Rao just released for Dark Crisis: War Zone #1, Conner Kent—alongside Superman’s son, Jon Kent—is depicted facing off with Doomsday. This battle is a long time coming, and it proves the deep connection between Conner’s Superboy and Superman himself.
Superboy, in fact, debuted in the wake of Superman’s first death in the 1990s as one of the major player in “Reign of the Supermen.” Conner Kent was later revealed to be a clone of Clark Kent and his arch-nemesis Lex Luthor. Despite this dark familial connection, Superman came to see Superboy as part of his family, especially once Ma and Pa Kent took Conner into their home. Now Superman and Superboy think of each other as brothers, and Conner is joining Clark’s son Jon in mourning the original Superman after the death of the Justice League during the Dark Crisis on Infinite Earths event.
DC Comics has just announced more tie-ins for this Crisis event, including Dark Crisis: War Zone #1, which promises readers a more grounded look at what’s been happening across the DC Universe. Written by Jeremy Adams and Stephanie Williams, with more talent to be announced, this one-shot will focus on the perspectives of Linda Park and Iris West. The released cover art—both the main cover and a variant by Dan Jurgens and Norm Rapmund—features a great deal of legacy characters. The main cover by Foccillo and Rao centers Jon and Conner as they face off against Doomsday, the monster who first killed Superman.
Though DC has released few plot details for this tie-in, this cover implies that Superman’s brother Conner Kent will finally take a stand against Doomsday. This Superboy vs. Doomsday match is striking for a number of reasons, chief among them being Superboy’s origins as Superman’s after-death replacement. Conner has also long struggled with his place in the Super-Family and the DC Universe at large, so if he and Jon are able to take down Doomsday, it proves that Conner hasn’t been replaced by Jon; he has instead earned his place alongside DC’s newest Superman.
Despite how many years have passed, Dark Crisis on Infinite Earths Shows fans how massive events like Superman’s death are still having massive narrative and thematic repercussions across the DCU. As DC continues to focus on legacy characters through Dark Crisis and beyond, Superboy will continue to be a major focusand rightly so after he has spent so long proving he is worthy of Superman’s legacy, both during and long after the Man of Steel’s original Doomsday death.
Check out Dark Crisis: War Zone #1, available in December from DC Comics!
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