last family of krypton

Yo but can we talk about Kara Danvers for a second. This girl, after finding out that her sister killed her aunt, her last living kryptonian family member that actually remembers Krypton, and lied about it goes to comfort her sister instead of storming off. Kara must of been so hurt by this realization, but takes one look at Alex and sees how hurt she is and goes to hug her because Kara will always put the people she cares about first and will put her feelings aside if it means making her sister feel better. Her emotions must have been going crazy but none of that matters to her because her sister is crying and she hates seeing people around her in pain.

Also props to Alex this episode for being worried about how J’onn and Kara’s relationship was suffering and confessing to Kara the truth rather than waiting for the secret to come out despite not knowing what the consequences would be.

Words cannot express how much I love the Danvers sisters and how nothing breaks them apart and how they will always put each other first no matter what.

rile-e-coyote-deactivated201506  asked:

My familiarity with Kon-El is pretty much limited to the Young Justice series... What was his relationship with Clark like in comic canon? Also, I keep seeing things about him living in Hawaii? What's up with that?

My time has come.

Okay, to be completely honest, I have about 22 drafts on this account right now that I’ve been working on and off with which are basically the biggest metas I could possibly write up on each of the comic characters I love the most — going over my relationships with them, their canon histories, adaptation, ships, character interpretations, etc. etc., just basically giving me one massive post I can point to for a lot of questions I get.

Kon’s on that list! Unfortunately I don’t see myself getting done with any of them any time soon (I’ve had the Lois & Clark one in my drafts since December? It’s getting embarrassing — that’s the one I started with). So in lieu of that not being complete for some time now, I’ll instead impart a brief overview!

Back in the early 90s, during the event of fame/infamy, “The Death of Superman”, Clark was thought to be dead for over a year in comic time. In a world without Superman, the entire hero community, Clark’s family & friends, and all of Metropolis were in mourning, and there was an even more daunting question: who would fill the void Superman left in the world? And five people answered the call:

Mae Kent — otherwise known as Matrix or Supergirl — took the forefront, there was Steel — John Henry Irons — who was an engineer from Metropolis inspired by Superman to build a mechanized suit to fight crime with, the Eradicator — ??? — dude I know the least about but he was like a prototypical 90s superhero with the edgy attitude and sunglasses but he LOOKED like Clark enough to fool Lois for half a minute, Cyborg Superman — Hank Henshaw — who… blew up Coast City, and then a young, 16-year-old in body clone made by the mysterious organization Cadmus, a kid who declared his name was Superman.

Kon eventually became known as Superboy or the Metropolis Kid respectively and he mostly went about heroing in “the wrong way” — confusing the adoration and love of the people for Superman with the kind of love and acclaim received by fans of celebrities. He and Mae mostly alternated between coming together and butting heads over this very thing (and the fact that at the time she was in a relationship with Lex Luthor’s…clone-self-son, don’t ask questions just roll with it), and eventually Kon became awestruck when the real Superman returned and led the charge to put Cyborg Superman back in his place and pay for his crimes etc etc etc

With Superman’s return, Kon wasn’t exactly greeted well — and in Clark’s defense… it’s a little creepy to come home and have a 16-year-old proclaiming he’s your clone (or half clone rather), and doing so by really tearing stuff up a lot and not fully aware of his environment or power. But Kon did find a home when he was doing a nationwide tour with his manager (Rex Leech), friend Roxy Leech, and guardian Dubbilex and they stopped in Hawaii where Kon settled down.

Kon’s love interest from Metropolis, the reporter Tana Moon, was also in Hawaii as that was her native home, making the incentive for Kon to stay all the more. For the majority of at least the beginning to Kon’s own series, Superboy (1994-2002), Kon remained in Hawaii and was honestly rather happy there. He had his friends, his own family he made for himself, his own rogues and police force he worked with. It really wasn’t until a creative change over and about the time the Young Justice comic started that that was all taken away from Kon more or less.

Kon and Clark mostly kept their distance from each other, Kon fearing that Clark didn’t like him and Clark not really all that sure of what to make of Kon (and because editorial has a problem with making Clark a family man and usually has him keeping his associative family at arm’s length — the whole Last Son of Krypton marketing and all). And Kon really wasn’t Kon for most of Superboy, his name was Superboy, or SB to his friends.

Then Superboy (1994-2002) #59 happens and it’s kind of the turning point for Kon and Clark’s relationship. Clark is concerned about Cadmus’ cloning technology — I mean, they made Kon and their new director was shady by Clark’s standards — and this was during the time where Kon is working very closely with them. So Clark pulls Kon aside and brings him to the Fortress of Solitude for the first time. Kon’s just in awe. And then Clark… lets Kon view a piece of recorded Kryptonian history…. about their clone wars… and how cloning can be bad… to Kon… who’s a clone… And the logic is that it’s a parable to get Kon on board with being Clark’s spy in Cadmus. Which Kon would have done anyway because he looks that much up to Clark.

But out of this, we get this moment where Clark offers — after years of Kon being an established part of the DCU — to give Kon the name “Kon-El” and make him an honorary member of the House of El. Which makes Kon so happy:

Ironically, Clark keeps Kon in the dark about a lot of things for a long time — including Clark’s secret identity. Something ironic since in Superboy (1994-2002) #61 we see Kon traveling through Hypertime and he goes to the past… and realizes that Clark is the original Superboy… and thus now Superman. (Thanks, Ma and Pa). But Kon still respects the hell out of Clark so he doesn’t do anything with the information.

Which, in Young Justice: Sins of Youth makes for a hilarious moment where age reversed Kon & Clark bond and Clark tries to reach out to Kon by telling him Superman’s secret identity, and Kon’s just like “uh yeah about that.”

[Sins of Youth: Superman Jr. & Superboy Sr.]

And, at least for me, this is when their relationship evolves into something I love — the relationship they had when I started DC comics back in 2003 with Teen Titans (2003-2011), where it’s not perfect, but the two act like brothers more than the father-son thing you see pushed a lot more. And honestly that works best for me.

Kon takes the identity of Conner Kent and is raised on the Kent farm with Ma & Pa, bonds with Krypto, and he and Clark go to each other, but there’s still a lot of pressure on Kon to measure up to Clark’s extremely large shadow. He loves Clark but he fears him. And the two honestly get along a lot better for it. 

[Teen Titans (2003-2011) #1]

[Teen Titans (2003-2011) #9]

[Teen Titans (2003-2011) #10]

To me, they become the brothers each other always needed, and as much as I’m ambivalent to Kon’s characterization after the 2000s now, I adore this advancement of Clark and Kon’s relationship — it’s the whole reason I shifted from Teen Titans to the Superman family comics to begin with! I owe it a lot, and it becomes heartwrenching when, by Infinite Crisis, we see how much it hurts Clark when Kon dies to save the world — something that wouldn’t have worked without this relationship to begin with.

I hope that clears some things up!

Counter Continuity Review: "Superman: Last Family of Krypton"

Editor’s Note: A Counter Continuity Review article will highlight the key points of the series and give an overall recommendation.

Premise: It’s the same Superman you know and love but with one main difference: instead of being the last survivor of the Planet Krypton, Kal-El’s parents -Jor-El and Lara, are the Last Family of Krypton.“

Debuting in August 2010 from DC’s Cary Bates and Renato Arlem, the series takes place over three books with each book jumping ahead a few years as the family El deals with living on Earth and Earth (specifically Metropolis) learns to live with the influence of the Els.

The series also mixes in a few historical events as well as some modern pop-culture references to further enmesh the Kryptonians into our historical lexicon.

Cast of Characters: Most of the typical superman cast is here - Lois Lane, Jimmy Olsen, Perry White, Ma and Pa Kent - but they don’t really play an active role in the story.

Jor-El: Patriarch of the El family. Upon arriving on Earth, creates JorCorp to solve mankind’s problems. Has a room of Solitude where every piece of media is beamed directly into his head. Distant father, can’t understand Kal-El’s affinity for Earthlings.

Lara: Mother of Kal-El, is closer to her son than her husband. Obsessed with Raology (Krypton Scientology). Mostly broods about her husband not being around/distant, separates herself from Jor-El to create Laraland, a Raology haven.

Kal-El: Raised by Ma and Pa Kent to gain a more deeper connection/understanding to/of Earthlings, suffers from a bit of an identity crisis as to what to do with his life until ultimately receiving a birthday present of the Superman costume from his younger twin siblings upon his high school graduation. 

Valora: Young sister to Kal, twin to Bru-El. Due to being born on Earth, she and her brother are only half as strong as their parents and Kal-El. After growing out of toddler days, she commits herself to learning politics and even goes so far as depowers herself with Gold Kryptonite to run for Congress.

Bru-El: The Lindsay Lohan of the bunch, really doesn’t take the whole half as powerful as his brother too well. Drinks, parties, and ends up becoming a pawn of Lex Luthor’s scheme to overthrow the Els. Ends up being mind-wiped.

Lex: Becomes the right hand man of Jor-El at JorCorp, assisting in several business ventures and even a rescue attempt once. Manipulates Jor-El and the family Els in true Lex fashion until playing his trump card and trying to turn public opinion against the Els. Even cures male-pattern baldness.

B(raniac): Referred to as B throughout the series, he is the artificial intelligence used by the Els to make their entire acclimation to Earth culture possible. A 13th level intelligence, is ultimately corrupted by Lex Luthor and turns against him as well as the Els. 

Cameos: No other super-powered beings make an appearance in the series but writer Bates does a good job of explaining just how detrimental the El Family was to the rest of DC’s heroes:

  • Lara rescues a well-to-do family in Gotham from a certain mugging, sparing an orphan the chance to become Batman.
  • Despite crash landing on Earth, Abin Sur is rescued by Jor-El before the mantle of Green Lantern can be passed to Hal Jordan, who subsequently perishes in a flight accident.
  • The twins, Bru-El and Valora, play around in a lightning storm, diverting a bolt destined for a shelf of chemicals standing near Barry Allen, never creating The Flash.
  • Shipwrecked on an island, Oliver Queen was never able to develop the bow skills necessary to become Green Arrow as he was rescued by a passing JorCorp rescue shuttle. 
  • Doomsday even makes an appearance in the book as well except this time as a cult built to overthrow the stranglehold on humanity’s progression that the Els represent.

Recommendation:  If you’re looking for an Elseworlds story specifically about Superman, then look no further. It was a solid read, succinct, and with some pretty good art as well. 

It wasn’t great though. The cameos felt forced, the conclusion too easy, and the twists predictable. I also didn’t really like the way the book handled some of the characters - it was treated as a ensemble book but was heavily balanced toward Kal and his parents. 

Since it came out over two years ago, you should be able to find the collected series pretty easy but pick it up together as I believe the individual issues don’t stand up on their own.