Christopher Kent: Last Son, Later On

Posted by Kal'smahboi (3567 posts) - - Show Bio

Many things have changed since the dawn of the New 52. Some have changed for the better and some for the worse. Those are matters of opinion. But for better or for worse, they have changed nonetheless. Oftentimes, I find myself frustrated by those parts of DC stories that have affected the continuity of the past. The soft reboot of the DC Universe meant that they were not starting over, but were adapting and shifting what already existed.

Clark Kent and Lois Lane are no longer married. But in a different timeline, they were, and they loved each other very deeply. Those of us that are familiar with Superman's history (despite a lapse in judgment of the writers of Superman Returns,) know that they are a couple cursed with the knowledge that they are of different worlds, and different species. They love deeply but can never create life out of that love. Yet, despite vastly different physiology and genetic material, for a brief period of time, Superman and Lois Lane had a son.

In Superman: Last Son, a young boy was mysteriously released from the Phantom Zone. As the story would unfold, he was revealed to be the son of General Zod, born and raised in the Zone, and part of a plot for his father's escape. He was, however, just a boy, and succumbed very easily to the love and support of his temporary adoptive family.

The beauty of this story is that we find a Superman that finally has something he has always wanted. He is able to have a family with the love of his life, something that he assumed was impossible. It becomes only more powerful as the young boy he comes to see as his son sacrifices his own liberty and happiness in order to close a door to the Phantom Zone, and save the world from the tyranny and violence of his biological father.

Superman loves...and loses.

Loss seems to be a recurring theme in Superman's life, but the growth that this story shows is of an adult Superman, expressing adult feelings including the desire to settle down, marry and raise a child.

A common complaint of the post-Flashpoint DCU is the compression of the old timeline of stories into five years, the years between the formation of the Justice League and the present. Many people debate the prospect that these characters' entire histories could possibly fit into just five years. I thought today of Christopher Kent, the youngest Kryptonian, and the effect that he had on Superman (a man in his mid-thirties) during his short time on Earth. I considered what Superman felt after the loss of his adoptive son, and concluded that this story could not have happened in the five years since he stepped out of the shadows and alleyways to fight the likes of Brainiac and Darkseid. Ignoring the obvious contradictions such as his marriage, Superman has simply not been ready for this story up to this point in his life, having been changed to a young adult.

It's an odd concept to mix the comic world and ours, but this story cannot have existed, not because it wouldn't fit into the five year history, but because the thematic elements we see don't fit into Superman's life stage. As a young man in his twenties, he would not have felt the longing, bliss and then the total loss present in this story about a "son figure." At best, it is a possible future event in Superman's life. At worst, it is the terrible loss of a beautiful story, about the son that Superman will never have.

#1 Posted by sethysquare (3842 posts) - - Show Bio

:( I miss Lor Zod, Christopher Kent.

#2 Posted by soduh2 (866 posts) - - Show Bio

@sethysquare said:

:( I miss Lor Zod, Christopher Kent.

Don't worry, they'll probably bring back an edgy New 52 version of him.

#3 Posted by sethysquare (3842 posts) - - Show Bio

@soduh2 said:

@sethysquare said:

:( I miss Lor Zod, Christopher Kent.

Don't worry, they'll probably bring back an edgy New 52 version of him.

huh? What makes you think he'll be back "edgy"

#4 Edited by Jekylhyde14 (747 posts) - - Show Bio

Here's the thing: Almost all of the DC heroes I grew up with eventually had kids in one fashion or another.

Aquaman had his illegitimate son Koryak, Green Arrow had his in Connor Hawke, Wally had his two brats, Power Girl had Equinox, and Bruce, of course, has Damian. There's a reason as to why only one of those kids actually remains in continuity: It's almost impossible for your main character to have kids and not make the comic book about family. You can either embrace it or change it, but you can't ignore it. Byrne and Waid succeeded in writing the Fantastic Four because they made it about family and that came to define the team. Superman is not about family. That's sort of why they took the chance to get rid of Christopher during the end of the New Krypton Saga. That's why he didn't make it into the New 52. Frankly, I like it better this way. Superman was feeling way too old. He had sort of developed into this yuppie stick-in-the mud during the Post-Crisis days and being a dad didn't help that situation. He needed to feel a bit younger to start being fun again. I agree that the Chris Kent story was nice, and the fact that it's no longer continuity shouldn't take away from that. Is Kingdom Come any less meaningful because it isn't in continuity? Or All-Star Superman? Or The Dark Knight Returns? Instead of worrying about whether it's cannon or not, enjoy the story for what it is.

#5 Posted by Kal'smahboi (3567 posts) - - Show Bio

@Jekylhyde14: I think you mistook this post for a complaint. I'm simply making a distinction for as to why I think that it cannot have occurred at this point in Superman's life. I'm enjoying the New 52 a great deal, for the most part. Even Superman's title is gaining momentum. Last Son is a great story that I value, I am simply taking a look at the thematic elements of the story and coming to a conclusion about the continuity of Superman's life in the DCnU. Whether or not it remains cannon is really neither here nor there. My point is that if it does remain in continuity, it must be in the future, not the past.

Thank for reading, btw :)

#6 Posted by Jekylhyde14 (747 posts) - - Show Bio

@Kal'smahboi:

Lol, got ya. I guess I was reading too much into the last sentence of the post which seemed kind of somber. Your points are valid, though. Nothing wrong with your reasoning. I just didn't want you to worry. ;)

#7 Posted by SandMan_ (4528 posts) - - Show Bio

I was actually thinking of Chris today.....Jesus, Supes needs more of a supporting cast outside the Daily Planet.

#8 Posted by SmashBrawler (5978 posts) - - Show Bio

I loved this story. A great start to a great run (except for Secret Origin).

#9 Edited by The_Tree (7984 posts) - - Show Bio

I really loved Chris Kent, it's pretty upsetting that we won't be seeing him for a long while, if ever. (Not counting Superman Family Adventures).

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#10 Posted by Jonny_Anonymous (35152 posts) - - Show Bio

@sethysquare said:

:( I miss Lor Zod, Christopher Kent.

#11 Posted by SandMan_ (4528 posts) - - Show Bio
@The_Tree said:

I really loved Chris Kent, it's pretty upsetting that we won't be seeing him for a long while, if ever. (Not counting Superman Family Adventures).

Indeed....Why does Damian get to run around and Chris doesn't ? :(
#12 Posted by The_Tree (7984 posts) - - Show Bio

@SandMan_ said:

@The_Tree said:

I really loved Chris Kent, it's pretty upsetting that we won't be seeing him for a long while, if ever. (Not counting Superman Family Adventures).

Indeed....Why does Damian get to run around and Chris doesn't ? :(

I know, right? I wish the two got to meet as well, I think they could've grown to be good friends, like Conner and Tim.

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#13 Posted by SandMan_ (4528 posts) - - Show Bio
@The_Tree: indeed...poor Chris.
#14 Posted by Eternal19 (2076 posts) - - Show Bio

stories like this is why I miss the Pre-new 52

#15 Posted by Jekylhyde14 (747 posts) - - Show Bio

@SandMan_ said:

@The_Tree said:

I really loved Chris Kent, it's pretty upsetting that we won't be seeing him for a long while, if ever. (Not counting Superman Family Adventures).

Indeed....Why does Damian get to run around and Chris doesn't ? :(

Probably the same reason why people like Batman better than Superman. Damian is a gritty badass...

#16 Posted by War07 (135 posts) - - Show Bio

Maybe he can return as the son of Superman and Wonderwoman!!

#17 Posted by Dernman (15810 posts) - - Show Bio

I liked him but don't think he should return for a looooooooooooooooooooooong time if ever. 
It would also under a lot of what they are trying to do in the 52/

#18 Posted by SandMan_ (4528 posts) - - Show Bio
@Jekylhyde14 said:

@SandMan_ said:

@The_Tree said:

I really loved Chris Kent, it's pretty upsetting that we won't be seeing him for a long while, if ever. (Not counting Superman Family Adventures).

Indeed....Why does Damian get to run around and Chris doesn't ? :(

Probably the same reason why people like Batman better than Superman. Damian is a gritty badass...

Gritty and dark! Blah!
#19 Posted by ComicMan24 (147055 posts) - - Show Bio

Wish he hadn't been retconned away. Liked the family Supes and Lois had started with him since they couldn't have kids of their own. I felt it was the next step for their marriage. And liked him too. I would love to see a new Young Justice book with him as Superboy, Damian as Robin and Iris West as Impulse.

#20 Posted by sethysquare (3842 posts) - - Show Bio

@SandMan_ said:

@Jekylhyde14 said:

@SandMan_ said:

@The_Tree said:

I really loved Chris Kent, it's pretty upsetting that we won't be seeing him for a long while, if ever. (Not counting Superman Family Adventures).

Indeed....Why does Damian get to run around and Chris doesn't ? :(

Probably the same reason why people like Batman better than Superman. Damian is a gritty badass...

Gritty and dark! Blah!

I believe it boils down to the fact that Damien had such a huge fan base and is even able to support his own on going.

Chris Kent otoh had hardly any focus and the truth is, I think he don't have that huge a fanbase.

#21 Posted by Jekylhyde14 (747 posts) - - Show Bio

@sethysquare said:

@SandMan_ said:

@Jekylhyde14 said:

@SandMan_ said:

@The_Tree said:

I really loved Chris Kent, it's pretty upsetting that we won't be seeing him for a long while, if ever. (Not counting Superman Family Adventures).

Indeed....Why does Damian get to run around and Chris doesn't ? :(

Probably the same reason why people like Batman better than Superman. Damian is a gritty badass...

Gritty and dark! Blah!

I believe it boils down to the fact that Damien had such a huge fan base and is even able to support his own on going.

Chris Kent otoh had hardly any focus and the truth is, I think he don't have that huge a fanbase.

That's basically right. And why is he so popular? Because he's griTTay!

Seriously, though, I like Damian a lot myself and he does distinguish himself in ways that Chris never really did. Of course, a part of that is the fact that he's already killed a handful of supervillains before even reaching puberty... but, yeah, he's a hit with the fans.

#22 Posted by sethysquare (3842 posts) - - Show Bio

@Jekylhyde14 said:

@sethysquare said:

@SandMan_ said:

@Jekylhyde14 said:

@SandMan_ said:

@The_Tree said:

I really loved Chris Kent, it's pretty upsetting that we won't be seeing him for a long while, if ever. (Not counting Superman Family Adventures).

Indeed....Why does Damian get to run around and Chris doesn't ? :(

Probably the same reason why people like Batman better than Superman. Damian is a gritty badass...

Gritty and dark! Blah!

I believe it boils down to the fact that Damien had such a huge fan base and is even able to support his own on going.

Chris Kent otoh had hardly any focus and the truth is, I think he don't have that huge a fanbase.

That's basically right. And why is he so popular? Because he's griTTay!

Seriously, though, I like Damian a lot myself and he does distinguish himself in ways that Chris never really did. Of course, a part of that is the fact that he's already killed a handful of supervillains before even reaching puberty... but, yeah, he's a hit with the fans.

Then people should not blame DC for trying to make their characters griTTay.

Because apparently thats one way to get a huge fan base.

#23 Posted by TDK_1997 (15101 posts) - - Show Bio

I think that they will get him back sooner or later.

#24 Posted by Gambit1024 (9843 posts) - - Show Bio

@SandMan_ said:

I was actually thinking of Chris today.....Jesus, Supes needs more of a supporting cast outside the Daily Planet.

Agreed. We got Krypto back, so that's a small win for us.

#25 Posted by Jekylhyde14 (747 posts) - - Show Bio

@sethysquare said:

@Jekylhyde14 said:

@sethysquare said:

@SandMan_ said:

@Jekylhyde14 said:

@SandMan_ said:

@The_Tree said:

I really loved Chris Kent, it's pretty upsetting that we won't be seeing him for a long while, if ever. (Not counting Superman Family Adventures).

Indeed....Why does Damian get to run around and Chris doesn't ? :(

Probably the same reason why people like Batman better than Superman. Damian is a gritty badass...

Gritty and dark! Blah!

I believe it boils down to the fact that Damien had such a huge fan base and is even able to support his own on going.

Chris Kent otoh had hardly any focus and the truth is, I think he don't have that huge a fanbase.

That's basically right. And why is he so popular? Because he's griTTay!

Seriously, though, I like Damian a lot myself and he does distinguish himself in ways that Chris never really did. Of course, a part of that is the fact that he's already killed a handful of supervillains before even reaching puberty... but, yeah, he's a hit with the fans.

Then people should not blame DC for trying to make their characters griTTay.

Because apparently thats one way to get a huge fan base.

I'm not blaming anyone for anything. Again, I like Damian and Chris for that matter. I'm just saying that Damian is covered in so much grit that you could serve him with my eggs for breakfast.

#26 Posted by sethysquare (3842 posts) - - Show Bio

@Jekylhyde14 said:

@sethysquare said:

@Jekylhyde14 said:

@sethysquare said:

@SandMan_ said:

@Jekylhyde14 said:

@SandMan_ said:

@The_Tree said:

I really loved Chris Kent, it's pretty upsetting that we won't be seeing him for a long while, if ever. (Not counting Superman Family Adventures).

Indeed....Why does Damian get to run around and Chris doesn't ? :(

Probably the same reason why people like Batman better than Superman. Damian is a gritty badass...

Gritty and dark! Blah!

I believe it boils down to the fact that Damien had such a huge fan base and is even able to support his own on going.

Chris Kent otoh had hardly any focus and the truth is, I think he don't have that huge a fanbase.

That's basically right. And why is he so popular? Because he's griTTay!

Seriously, though, I like Damian a lot myself and he does distinguish himself in ways that Chris never really did. Of course, a part of that is the fact that he's already killed a handful of supervillains before even reaching puberty... but, yeah, he's a hit with the fans.

Then people should not blame DC for trying to make their characters griTTay.

Because apparently thats one way to get a huge fan base.

I'm not blaming anyone for anything. Again, I like Damian and Chris for that matter. I'm just saying that Damian is covered in so much grit that you could serve him with my eggs for breakfast.

lol i love the way you describe it.

#27 Posted by Jekylhyde14 (747 posts) - - Show Bio

@sethysquare said:

@Jekylhyde14 said:

@sethysquare said:

@Jekylhyde14 said:

@sethysquare said:

@SandMan_ said:

@Jekylhyde14 said:

@SandMan_ said:

@The_Tree said:

I really loved Chris Kent, it's pretty upsetting that we won't be seeing him for a long while, if ever. (Not counting Superman Family Adventures).

Indeed....Why does Damian get to run around and Chris doesn't ? :(

Probably the same reason why people like Batman better than Superman. Damian is a gritty badass...

Gritty and dark! Blah!

I believe it boils down to the fact that Damien had such a huge fan base and is even able to support his own on going.

Chris Kent otoh had hardly any focus and the truth is, I think he don't have that huge a fanbase.

That's basically right. And why is he so popular? Because he's griTTay!

Seriously, though, I like Damian a lot myself and he does distinguish himself in ways that Chris never really did. Of course, a part of that is the fact that he's already killed a handful of supervillains before even reaching puberty... but, yeah, he's a hit with the fans.

Then people should not blame DC for trying to make their characters griTTay.

Because apparently thats one way to get a huge fan base.

I'm not blaming anyone for anything. Again, I like Damian and Chris for that matter. I'm just saying that Damian is covered in so much grit that you could serve him with my eggs for breakfast.

lol i love the way you describe it.

: )

#28 Posted by danhimself (22720 posts) - - Show Bio

@ComicMan24 said:

Wish he hadn't been retconned away. Liked the family Supes and Lois had started with him since they couldn't have kids of their own. I felt it was the next step for their marriage. And liked him too. I would love to see a new Young Justice book with him as Superboy, Damian as Robin and Iris West as Impulse.

I wanted that from the moment that they introduced Iris as Impulse...it would have been so awesome

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