Off My Mind: Is Superboy's Secret Identity in Jeopardy?

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Posted by G-Man (18915 posts) - - Show Bio

For a superhero, especially a young one, the secret identity is the most important thing they have. Starting out their superhero career, it's essential that they protect the safety of their loved ones. Superboy hasn't always had a secret identity to worry about. As a clone, we was basically born at the age of sixteen. When he was accepted into Superman's private life and family, the identity of Conner Kent was created. Now that he's living in Smallville with Martha Kent, he needs to do everything he can to keep his secret identity a...secret. 

In the first issue of his current series, Superboy finds out that fellow Smallville High classmate, Simon Valentine, knows his secret. Sure Simon seems like an eager kid wanting to be Conner's best friend but we already know he's destined to be his greatest friend as well as his greatest enemy. To make the situation worse, in issue #3, another classmate, Lori Luthor watched him change into Superboy. Yes, that's Luthor as in Lex Luthor. She's his niece. She may not be close to her Uncle Lex but the fact that she's a Luthor is pretty dangerous, not just for Conner, but everyone close to Superman as well. 
 == TEASER == 

What Conner needs to remember, it's not just his safety that is at risk. Because he's living with Martha, her life could be in danger. If people figure out her connection, it won't be long until they figure out that Clark Kent is Superman and married to Lois Lane. It goes on. 
 
There's also the other members of the Teen Titans. Does every member that knows Superboy's secret automatically know Superman's? His teammates may be trustworthy but in comic books, it doesn't necessarily take much for a hero to turn rogue. Teammates that know his secret could be discovered by someone using telepathy. Look at how close Batman's secret was almost discovered in Gotham City Sirens because Catwoman knows and has some questionable friends
 
In issue#3 of Superboy, Bart Allen zips right up to Conner during a phone call. Did Bart look around the entire area to make sure no one was around to Conner walking and then suddenly have someone else appear? With more and more people discovering his secret identity, Superboy really needs to start being more careful otherwise things are going to get really bad for everyone around him.
#1 Posted by Eyz (3042 posts) - - Show Bio

Superboy's probably gonna end up to need a new secret identity...Maybe in a city, all by himself/with a fellow Titan?
 
(that would be a great way to bring back some of his ol' series into the amazing current one)

#2 Posted by SupremoMaximo (202 posts) - - Show Bio

Superman will just fly really fast against the earth's rotation and make the planet spin the other way.  Doing so will cause time to travel backwards and he can prevent Superboy from being a douche and always ripping off his shirt in public.

#3 Posted by Theodore (3445 posts) - - Show Bio
@SupremoMaximo said:
" Superman will just fly really fast against the earth's rotation and make the planet spin the other way.  Doing so will cause time to travel backwards and he can prevent Superboy from being a douche and always ripping off his shirt in public. "
hahahaha
#4 Posted by dondasch (921 posts) - - Show Bio

Superboy seems to be an idiot

#5 Posted by Gokujam (66 posts) - - Show Bio

What about ultimate Spiderman?? Why does he even bother wearing a mask anymore??
#6 Posted by Dr. Detfink (459 posts) - - Show Bio

I love that Jeff Lemire is pretty much saying, "To hell with this stupid charade that is Superboy's secret identity..." WORST secret ever because Superboy doesn't even where a mask or a hat like Green Arrow. So in a way, it's updating the character because previous generation might be a little more naive but this generation is much sharper and maybe a little more cynical with trust. 
 
Now, the trick is...can he stay low key enough so the consensus of students don't catch on? or will this be the greatest secret Smallville will hold?

#7 Posted by Gokujam (66 posts) - - Show Bio

I always wondered the same thing about Robin... 
 
All the titans know that Robin is Tim Drake/ Does that mean they know Batman is Bruce Wayne? 
 
Does Batman feel comfortable with a bunch of teenagers knowing his greatest secret??
#8 Posted by G-Man (18915 posts) - - Show Bio
@Gokujam: Exactly. Where do they draw the line? Back when Tim Drake was Robin living next door to Bruce Wayne, it wouldn't have taken much to figure it out once Tim started hanging out with Bruce so often and Batman had a new Robin. Guess it's just comic book disbelief.
#9 Posted by longbowhunter (7733 posts) - - Show Bio

I too thought it odd that only three issues in and we already have two people who know Conner is Superboy. I was having this same conversation with fellow ComicViner Silkcuts. He is of  the mind it adds to the teen drama, which it certainly does. I kinda think Lemire is giving Conner his own Lana Lang and Pete Ross.
#10 Edited by KRYPTON (1868 posts) - - Show Bio

I think the only reason Bart super speeded is because he thinks Kansas is boring, and no one is really going to just pop out. However, what I want to know is how did Bart know where to find Superboy? I guess he did Super speed around all of Smallville to look for Conner. Besides, Conner doesn't even have a costume, just a shirt with Superman's "S" planted on it. So if Conner wants to be more careful, he's going to have to create his own suit. 
 
This is what Barry said about Super speed 
 

#11 Posted by xerox_kitty (15762 posts) - - Show Bio

I didn't know that Superboy's Conner Kent identity was a secret.  It's a nice twist on the secret identity; being a famous super hero first, and then trying to be a normal boy afterwards.  It's like Pinocchio is Spandex ;)
   

#12 Posted by They Killed Cap! (2235 posts) - - Show Bio

I have been reading the series but not closely examining it.  
 
 
How do we know Simon Valentine is gonna be his greatest enemy?  Can someone fill me in?
#13 Posted by Hamz (340 posts) - - Show Bio

It seems like a contrived decision for the sole purpose of providing additional teenage drama and angst to the comic. 
 
That said it could also perhaps be the first step for Connor to ditch the black t-shirt and jeans look and take on a more 'superhero' outfit and attitude. 

#14 Posted by MuadDiab (325 posts) - - Show Bio

does anyone actually care about Superboy or infact, Superman at the moment? TBH I haven't been reading this, to me it's not interesting. I tried to get into Superman this year. Didn't like War of the Supermen and the less said about Grounded the better. Shame cos I loved Straz on Thor

#15 Posted by Midnight Monk (225 posts) - - Show Bio

Am I the only one laughing at the fact that people are shocked about these SECRET IDENTITIES in the DCU. I mean seriously without a mask where the secret? How the hell were people shocked about Black Canary? How did no one in STar City figure out their mayor was Green Arrow who the hell else would sport that mustache and beard combo?! And the Supers don't wear mask unless you count their glasses...but in Conners case he doesn't even wear those? Are people just blind and stupid in the DCU or what?

#16 Posted by SlightConfuse (102 posts) - - Show Bio

maybe if his cosutume was not a t-shirt so many people would no figure it out

#17 Posted by Video_Martian (5562 posts) - - Show Bio

I might be in the minority, but I actually really enjoyed the first issue of Superboy.  It's a shame that I haven't checked out the lastest issues yet since it seems like a really cool new series =D
 
Oh, and I also don't get why all you guys keep saying that Conner's secret identity is "in danger", I mean Dude flies around all day in a t-shirt and jeans for cryin' out loud =P

#18 Posted by DEGRAAF (7918 posts) - - Show Bio

I thought Lori already knew. Simon is looking to become Conner's Lex. 
 
Clark had people know his secret when he was in highschool.
#19 Posted by Mainline (1072 posts) - - Show Bio
@xerox-kitty said:
" I didn't know that Superboy's Conner Kent identity was a secret.  It's a nice twist on the secret identity; being a famous super hero first, and then trying to be a normal boy afterwards.  It's like Pinocchio is Spandex ;)    "
That's sort of how it comes across... his whole identity has been wrapped up in being a clone / superhero / Teen Titan such that anything resembling normalcy is an add-on.  Right before Bart shows up he says he takes normalcy for granted (being forced to walk to school instead of simply flying there).  So having a secret identity, normal civilian loved ones, and a civilian life at stake is still new to him (even at the Johns run of Adventure, Superboy was more ready to ditch school than attend).  That doesn't mean he isn't invested in his civilian life... this issue raises those concerns directly: Conner's concerned about the farmers, Conner raises the secret identity issue with Simon and Ma's safety... so he's not oblivious to it, just new and unpracticed at it (shutting Simon out, for example, being an overly blunt way to protect the secret). 
 
In terms of characterization, I think it's doing OK.  We get the wide shot to establish Conner's alone before Bart appears and Conner didn't explicitly ask Bart to appear so we can't condemn him for not being careful enough; and exposition about Bart making sure Conner was alone or Conner scolding Bart afterwards would have probably been clunky.  The only thing in this issue that's maybe questionable is Conner changing in the middle of school, but that was during an imminent compromising attack... he didn't know what was happening or how he'd have to respond so best to do it in the Superboy persona as soon as possible rather than compromise the Conner identity; everyone around him was blacked out and he felt like he was going down too, so his change wasn't unreasonable. 
 
In terms of rationalization- that glasses and flannel work to hide a secret identity... that's just a convention or trope you have to accept as part of the genre.
#20 Posted by JoseDRiveraTCR7 (1008 posts) - - Show Bio

Lori finds out Connor is Superboy in #3? Didn't she find out in Adventure Comics?

#21 Posted by Doctor!!!!! (1886 posts) - - Show Bio
@dondasch said:
" Superboy seems to be an idiot "
He is a clone, they are a known to be stupid.
#22 Posted by G-Man (18915 posts) - - Show Bio
@DEGRAAF: @JoseDRiveraTCR7: She mentioned she suspected but didn't think it could be true. 

The fact that she's related to Lex could be bad news, even if he was an ass to Lori's mom.
#23 Posted by Duo_forbidden (1119 posts) - - Show Bio
@DEGRAAF: 
Yeah, I though Lori had an idea that Conner was Superboy in Adventure Comics as well.
#24 Posted by comicbikerscott (152 posts) - - Show Bio

marvel is better
#25 Posted by Tmul501 (600 posts) - - Show Bio
@Gokujam said:
" What about ultimate Spiderman?? Why does he even bother wearing a mask anymore?? "
Truth. So many people know USM's identity that they're either completely killing him off, or at least "killing" the spider-man identity. Rubbish...
#26 Posted by JonesDeini (3501 posts) - - Show Bio
@dondasch said:
" Superboy seems to be an idiot "
Yes, because glasses have the mystical power to completely alter the structure of one's face. Making it impossible to tell somebody is a super hero when they take them off. 
#27 Posted by DEGRAAF (7918 posts) - - Show Bio
@G-Man said:
" @DEGRAAF:  @JoseDRiveraTCR7: She mentioned she suspected but didn't think it could be true. 

 
The fact that she's related to Lex could be bad news, even if he was an ass to Lori's mom. "

how do you figure? I mean at this point, she is his Lana (only in a partially insest way). Do we know whats going on between him and Cassie any more? 
 
Also, it looks like he is using a type of freeze vision... what is he doing?
#28 Posted by leokearon (1785 posts) - - Show Bio
@G-Man said:
" @Gokujam: Exactly. Where do they draw the line? Back when Tim Drake was Robin living next door to Bruce Wayne, it wouldn't have taken much to figure it out once Tim started hanging out with Bruce so often and Batman had a new Robin. Guess it's just comic book disbelief. "

Both the DC and Marvel public are affected by a Spell of Ignorance which makes all non-super beings blind to the obvious.
#29 Posted by Demas (209 posts) - - Show Bio
@DEGRAAF said:
"  Also, it looks like he is using a type of freeze vision... what is he doing? "
The comic doesn't say.  Most likely he's using his X-Ray vision to look for the source of what's causing people to black out and him to stagger.
#30 Posted by SUPER-MAN 23 (2196 posts) - - Show Bio

Think about Krypto. He practically walks outside the Kent farm with his "S" cape on. What if someone catches the dog?

#31 Posted by darksoul7th (206 posts) - - Show Bio

Didn't know he had a secret identity 

#32 Posted by danhimself (22718 posts) - - Show Bio

I don't mind it...he needs some friends outside of the Teen Titans that he can talk to and friends at school that can cover for him in emergencies....think of it this way....on Smallville Clark had Pete and Chloe who both knew his secret identity

#33 Posted by Mr_Wayne69 (174 posts) - - Show Bio

Personally this whole "Conner Kent" idea was never ever good to begin with. Superboy has never been a carbon copy of Clark Kent/Superman and in current continuity he's being pushed as this wannabe Clark Kent/Superman. I understand Superman's inspirational but damn. It makes me miss the days of "Don't ever call me... "Superboy"!" If they eliminate the secret identity aspect then that's one less Clark Kent comparison... and I'm just fine with that.

#34 Posted by karrob (4264 posts) - - Show Bio
@dondasch said:
" Superboy seems to be an idiot "
#35 Posted by mickoreo_LZ (250 posts) - - Show Bio

Come on people. We all know that there is very little in comics that is believable. No mask, no real costume, Superboy isn't even trying to hide his secret.

#36 Posted by Joe Venom (1275 posts) - - Show Bio

1st off I really don't see the point of him having to go to school at all considering everything Clark went through while he was in school you would think he would stay away cause he will only be putting the school in more danger. So whats the purpose of his schooling is it :
 
Restraint and Proper use of his powers- cant be that Superboy has been doing what he's does for a long time he knows when and how to use his powers should the world need him, he is no longer the kid in the leather jacket.
Friends or Social life- can't necessarily be that, he hangs out with Teen titans on and off the "battlefield", friends of many of DC's superheroes (present and future), maybe its so he can have his own circle of friends? its only issue 3 and that's not working out for him too well.
Education?- Ninja please, the crystals in the fortress of solitude can teach much more about anything a book or teacher could.........right
 Story- can't be that we have all read this story before a hero decides they want to be more down to earth and enrolls themselves into school to rub elbows with the common folks, sure Jeff Lemire has been doing an "OK" job so far I only hope he will be able to keep this book interesting
 
I realize that Superboy having his own book that he will have to be somewhere during his downtime, but I feel sort of tired of the whole superhero/school thing, I can see his growing attachment for Smallville, Ma Kent getting a chance to be a mom again, and already a new possible threat, new possible hero, and a new future time period, which is really all great I just hope the school won't play to big a deal in this comic.

#37 Posted by Primmaster64 (21073 posts) - - Show Bio

lol

#38 Posted by DH69 (4193 posts) - - Show Bio

HE DOESNT WEAR A MASK! HOW CAN HE HAVE A SECRET IDENTITY!? 
 
OH GOD I HATE YOU SUPER PEOPLE!!!

#39 Posted by Primmaster64 (21073 posts) - - Show Bio

Superboy needs to get a new costume

#40 Posted by sora_thekey (8185 posts) - - Show Bio

I am reading Superboy #3 right now... So, of the issue was just spoiled because I read this! =P

#41 Posted by Casshern (142 posts) - - Show Bio

Another Luthor in Smallville?...Come on man. 
 
Plus Villains have been fighting Heroes for so long....they have the secret identities, they just play chess with them till they need that card.

#42 Posted by high_savage (76 posts) - - Show Bio

i have'nt read the story but superboy needs to relocate himself to another city..

#43 Posted by Walker696 (980 posts) - - Show Bio

hmmmmmmm I guess we readers are forgetting that comics don't have to make sense, they just need to be entertaining, so what if the guys costume is just a shirt and a 3rd grader could ID him, so what that they put all these "circumstances" together and no one puts them together in comics, so what if Conner could potentially get Superman in some deep ish.......we are suppose to read and enjoy not do silly things like think.............................besides somebody's either gonna kill the two folks that know or they will get their mem's wiped lol (for anyone who couldn't tell I was being sarcastic) 
 
He honestly needs a new costume, a new city, and a new name, he needs to get from up under supes cap and go be his own man or boy or what ever he is now.

#44 Posted by NoelVeiga (24 posts) - - Show Bio

Am I the only one creeped out when Comic Vine editors talk about characters in superhero comic books as if they were real people? It just sounds weird...

#45 Posted by CrimsonAvenger (1162 posts) - - Show Bio

In the article it said "it won't be long until they figure out that Clark Kent is Superman", shouldn't it be that Superman is Clark Kent since Clark Kent is really Clark Kent, the person he's always been?

#46 Posted by tbpinkfloyd (126 posts) - - Show Bio

How do people get tricked into thinking he's not Superboy? All that changes are his clothes. Also, there've only been 3 issues so far, so my guess is that the people discovering the secret now will either be close confidants or end up betraying him later on down the line.

#47 Posted by marvelunivers_deleteme (300 posts) - - Show Bio
@DH69 said:
"

HE DOESNT WEAR A MASK! HOW CAN HE HAVE A SECRET IDENTITY!? 
 
OH GOD I HATE YOU SUPER PEOPLE!!!

"
JUST LIKE SUPERMAN
#48 Posted by Out_of_Space (712 posts) - - Show Bio

I don't like the idea of this !

#49 Posted by DeawonCDelaney (64 posts) - - Show Bio

In all honesty Superboy will not have to worry about his secret identity dilemma, they will find someway for Simon Valentine to "use" Conner to the best of his ability which will lead to a major falling out, and Lena will just be his confidant, which will turn into more and then there will be a love triangle between her superboy and wonder girl.  The super family is not the bat family when it comes to secret identities.

#50 Posted by Beast_in_the_Shadows (426 posts) - - Show Bio

I don't care what they do with his Identity as the only news I want to hear about Conner is that he is dying or leaving the Teen Titans so the book isn't brought down with his being there.

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