What do you do when your father is the world’s greatest superhero, your mother is a hard-hitting journalist with a nose for trouble, and your best friend is a bite-sized assassin with a chip on his shoulder? Welcome to the life of Jonathan Kent, the son of Superman. Jon has come a long way, and now he’s taking the next step of his heroic journey in a new series called Superman: Son of Kal-El. As we prepare for the next phase of Jon’s life to begin, let’s recap everything that led the son of Superman to this moment.
A Surprising Start
Jon first appeared in Convergence: Superman #2, which is a surprising beginning for a character who’s become such a big part of the DC Universe. Convergence was a month-long comic book event comprised of short, two-issue limited titles focusing on seemingly destroyed timelines. The Lois and Clark we saw in Convergence: Superman were presented as their pre-Flashpoint incarnations, but not everything was as it seemed. During the events of Convergence: Superman, Clark was temporarily depowered and Lois became pregnant. Their baby boy was named Jonathan Samuel Kent after both of his Earth grandfathers.
The thing that makes Jon’s debut remarkable is how little the events of Convergence seemed to matter outside of him. A largely forgotten event today, most of the multiverse variants who played a part in it returned to their worlds after Convergence ended, never to be seen again—except for Superman, Lois and baby Jon. They found themselves transplanted to the main DC Universe and decided to lay low. After all, the New 52 versions of Superman and Lois were still very much active, so their presence would’ve raised some uncomfortable questions.
The limited series Superman: Lois and Clark followed their life as multiverse refugees. While Lois published novels, Clark fought crime from the shadows and the now ten-year-old Jon remained unaware of his parents true nature. Of course, it was hard to hide the truth from Jon when his powers began kicking in and he found his father’s old Superman uniform.
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