Conner Kent, Superboy, Gets A New Name In This Week's Titans United

You know, this could always go the same way as Shazadam. Because in Titans United, Conner Kent gets a new name. Spoilers of course.

Superboy also known as Kon-El or Conner Kent is a modern variation on the original Superboy, and the character first appeared as Superboy in The Adventures of Superman #500 in 1993 created by writer Karl Kesel and artist Tom Grummett. From the character's debut in 1993 to August 2003, Superboy was depicted as a genetically-engineered metahuman clone of human origin designed by Project Cadmus as a duplicate and closest genetic equivalent of Superman. The character was retconned in Teen Titans #1 in 2003 as a Kryptonian/human hybrid made from the DNA of Superman and Lex Luthor.

Conner Kent, Superboy, Gets A New Name In This Week's Titans United

In recent years, Conner Kent was excised from continuity as he was considered too confusing, as Jon Kent, the son of Lois Lane and Clark Kent become the new Superboy. He has recently returned to continuity and, as Jon Kent is now the new Superman, was considered the new Superboy. In last month's Titans United #4, it all went a little kablooey. With a brand new name.

Conner Kent, Superboy, Gets A New Name In This Week's Titans United

Black Zero is based on an evil version of Conner Kent from an alternate timeline, but hey, everything happened, everything matters, including to corner Kent and Donna Troy.

In 1968, Black Zero was a Superman villain who had been hired to ensure Krypton's destruction and planned to do the same to Earth. Twenty years later in World of Krypton, it was the name of a terrorists-with-a-point group on Krypton determined to free clones. Later a Kryptonian black ops group and then the name of a futuristic computer virus.

 

In an alternate timeline where Superman never returned from the dead after battling Doomsday, Conner Kent ended up defending the rights of clones on Earth, by enslaving the rest of the population, and taking the name Black Zero, and fighting Conner Kent from the Prime Earth. Now, under the influence of Blackfire, he has become Black Zero… though at least he doesn't have the soul patch this time.

Connor Gets A New Name In Titans United

TITANS UNITED #5 (OF 7) CVR A JAMAL CAMPBELL
(W) Cavan Scott (A) Jose Luis, Jonas Trindade (CA) Jamal Campbell
Black Zero strikes! Superboy has turned on the Titans as Tamaranean forces move to invade Earth. As Donna Troy falls to Conner's newly restored powers, Raven tries desperately to reach the friend and ally they once knew. Retail: $3.99 In-Store Date: 01/11/2022

You know, if he did need a new identity…

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Founder of Bleeding Cool. The longest-serving digital news reporter in the world, since 1992. Author of The Flying Friar, Holed Up, The Avengefuls, Doctor Who: Room With A Deja Vu, The Many Murders Of Miss Cranbourne, Chase Variant. Lives in South-West London, works from Blacks on Dean Street, shops at Piranha Comics. Father of two. Political cartoonist.
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