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Superboy-Prime
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Superboy-Prime in his Anti-Monitor inspired armor. Cover to Infinite Crisis #6 (2006). Art by Jim Lee and Sandra Hope.
Publication information
Publisher DC Comics
First appearance DC Comics Presents #87 (November 1985)
Created by Elliot S! Maggin (writer)
Curt Swan (artist)
(based upon the original character by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster)
In-story information
Alter ego Kal-El, Clark Kent
Species Kryptonian
Place of origin Earth Prime,
born on Krypton of same universe
Team affiliations Sinestro Corps
Legion of Super-Villains
Notable aliases Superman-Prime, Time Trapper
Abilities Superhuman strength, speed, stamina, breath, longevity, hearing, vision, x-ray and heat vision, invulnerability, flight.

Superboy-Prime, (Clark Kent, born Kal-El) also known as Superman-Prime, is a DC Comics superhero turned supervillain, and one of several alternate Supermen. The character first appeared in DC Comics Presents #87 (November 1985), and was created by Elliot S! Maggin and Curt Swan (based upon the original Superboy character by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster).

Superboy-Prime is from the universe which contained the parallel Earth known as Earth-Prime, in which Superman and the other DC superheroes only exist as fictional characters. Unable to let go of his former life and his "destiny" as Earth's greatest hero, his convictions and morals are warped by years of solitude in a "paradise" dimension.

The name "Superman-Prime" was first used by Grant Morrison in DC One Million (1998) for the mainstream Superman in the 853rd century. Earth-Prime's Superboy first refers to himself as "Superboy-Prime" in Infinite Crisis #2 (January 2006).

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Character's Biography

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Crisis on Infinite Earths

Superboy-Prime's first appearance, in DC Comics Presents #87 (1985).
Art by Eduardo Barreto.

Superboy-Prime is from the parallel world known as Earth-Prime, a near-copy of the real world in which the DC heroes are fictional comic book characters. He is the adopted son of Jerry and Naomi Kent. Naomi wanted to name their infant son Clark, after her maiden name, but Jerry, knowing he will also be named like Superman, a fictional comic book character, initially refused, but finally gave in. What the Kents do not know is that the baby, found abandoned in a forest, is actually a young Kal-El, who has been teleported to Earth moments before the planet Krypton was absorbed when its sun went supernova. His father Jor-El had teleported him to Earth. Superboy is the second extraterrestrial from Earth-Prime after the debut of Ultraa several years before.

Young Clark lives most of his life as a normal boy. However, one night in his mid-teens, as he attends a costume party dressed as Superboy, the passage of Halley's Comet overhead triggers his Kryptonian powers. At the same time, Kal-El, the Earth-One Superman, finds his way to Earth-Prime, and the two Supermen meet. He uses his powers to stop a tidal wave.[1]

Superboy-Prime is drawn into the Crisis on Infinite Earths after his universe is destroyed. Although the loss of everything he knows causes him anguish, he finds peace in knowing that he fights the good fight alongside other heroes.[2] During the final battle against the Anti-Monitor, Kal-L, the Earth-Two Superman, orders him to escape with Alexander Luthor, Jr. and the other heroes. Fearing that Kal-L will die in battle and knowing the new Earth isn't his true home, Superboy-Prime joins Kal-L in the fight against the Anti-Monitor.[2]

After the destruction of the Anti-Monitor, Superboy-Prime joins Alexander Luthor, Jr. of Earth-Three, Kal-L, and his wife Lois Lane in a "paradise dimension".[3]

Paradise Dimension

In the "paradise dimension", Superboy-Prime secludes himself from the others, using crystals to replay events from his life on Earth-Prime. His favorite memory is of his ninth birthday party, which he watches repeatedly. Superboy-Prime becomes frustrated and angry, and he tries to reach out to Kal-L, whose attention is focused on Lois' failing health. Alexander comes to believe that the reason behind Lois' failing health is the paradise dimension itself, and persuades Superboy-Prime to help him return to reality. Alexander also shows Superboy-Prime the negative aspects of the post-Crisis Earth. Superboy-Prime hesitates until he overhears Kal-L say: "I wish this world would let him grow up. He'll never be Superman here". Finally, Alexander shows him the deaths of his parents and girlfriend in a car accident on the post-Crisis Earth.[4]

Altering reality

Superboy-Prime altering reality in Infinite Crisis Secret Files 2006 (April 2006). Art by Dan Jurgens.

Furious, Superboy-Prime pounds on the barrier of reality. This assault causes ripples that alter reality, which is used as an explanation for character changes and retcons in DC continuity.[4]

These changes include:

As a result of these actions, "punching time", and "retcon punch" became comic-book fan slang (especially in the Internet) for retcons and changes to canon that do not make sense.

Countdown to Infinite Crisis

Superboy-Prime becomes frustrated; since the paradise dimension lacks a yellow sun, he isn't as powerful. Eventually, Alexander reveals that his own powers are returning, and the two combine forces to break through the barrier wall. Together, they set into motion the events that culminate in Infinite Crisis:

Infinite Crisis

The Superman of Earth-Two breaks open a portal to the DC Universe, and the four residents of the paradise dimension return,[15] making themselves known to Power Girl and Batman. When introduced to Power Girl, he calls himself Superboy-Prime for the first time. Kal-L tells Power Girl: "When the universe was reborn, Earth-One became the primary world. The scraps of the remaining worlds were folded into it. But I finally realized — we saved the wrong Earth".[16] Superboy-Prime is jealous of Conner Kent, the modern Superboy, believing him to be living the life he himself ought to have had. He also believes the Earth's heroes act more like villains. As part of Luthor's plan, Superboy-Prime abducts figures originally from the worlds that combined to form the post-Crisis Earth, including Martian Manhunter, Power Girl, Black Adam, The Ray, Lady Quark and Breach to power the vibrational tuning fork Alexander builds.[17] Superboy-Prime confronts Superboy, telling him that he (Superboy-Prime) is the only Superboy the Earth needs. Superboy-Prime brutally attacks Conner, but not before he can activate his Titans homing signal. The Teen Titans, the Doom Patrol, and the Justice Society of America arrive to help Conner. After accidentally killing Pantha, Superboy-Prime is shocked and horrified. The heroes try to contain Superboy-Prime, who kills and wounds several of them.

Speedy traps Superboy-Prime in the Phantom Zone, using an "emergency Phantom Zone arrow".[18] Superboy-Prime breaks free, exclaiming that the Phantom Zone is for "bad guys". Left with no other option, Jay Garrick, Wally West, and Bart Allen drive Superboy-Prime into the Speed Force, and banish him to a world bathed in red sunlight, where he remains for four years.[19][20]

Hours later, an older Bart Allen, dressed in his grandfather's costume, emerges from the Speed Force and tells the heroine Doctor Light to warn the other heroes that Superboy-Prime has escaped.[21] Superboy-Prime reappears during a battle between Alexander Luthor and the heroes freed from his tower. Upon his return, he wears a power suit modeled after the Anti-Monitor's armor, which constantly feeds him yellow solar energy and boosts his power levels. During the battle, Black Adam discovers that his magic has little effect against Superboy-Prime. Superboy-Prime knocks Adam away from the tower, and his opponent is transported to Earth-S. Superboy-Prime insists that Luthor reinstate Earth-Prime as the only existing Earth. After Superboy-Prime attempts to kill Wonder Girl, an enraged Conner Kent attacks him. Conner and Superboy-Prime battle until Conner's wrist is broken and he charges Superboy-Prime, sending them both headlong into Alexander Luthor's vibrational tuning fork. The machine explodes, and the alternate Earths merge into one. Superboy dies from injuries sustained during the explosion while Superboy-Prime survives.[22]

Alexander and Superboy-Prime join the Battle of Metropolis and quarrel about their contingency plan. Since their tower has been destroyed, Alexander is prepared to settle for taking over New Earth instead of creating a perfect Earth. Upon hearing of the new plan, Superboy-Prime refuses to help Alex, as he believes New Earth to be hopelessly inferior.

When Batman, Wonder Woman, Kal-El, and Kal-L arrive to save Metropolis, Kal-L confronts Alex about his role in the destruction. Meanwhile, Superboy-Prime is attacked by Bart Allen, who is outraged by Conner's death. Superboy-Prime escapes Bart and flies toward Oa intending to destroy it and spark another Big Bang which would recreate the universe with himself as the sole hero. Although the majority of the Earth's heroes are in pursuit, Superboy-Prime eludes capture. He is confronted by the Green Lantern Corps in deep space.

Imprisoned on Oa, Superboy-Prime carves an S-symbol into his chest and vows to escape.[23] Art by Phil Jimenez.

Superboy-Prime breaks through a 300-mile thick wall of pure willpower generated by the Green Lantern Corps. Upon reaching the other side, he battles and slaughters thirty-two Green Lanterns. The battle provides the two Supermen time to attempt one final plan. They grab Superboy-Prime and drive him through Rao, the red sun of Krypton. The heat melts away Superboy-Prime's armor, and severely weakens all three Kryptonians, who then land on Mogo. Though the three are surrounded by Kryptonite, Superboy-Prime savagely beats Kal-L, who is all but dead when Kal-El intervenes.

Superboy-Prime claims that he is better than Kal-El, and that his Krypton was superior to Kal-El's. Kal-El responds: "It's not about where you were born. Or what powers you have. Or what you wear on your chest. It's about what you do... It's about action." Although nearly powerless, Kal-El knocks Superboy-Prime out before collapsing himself, but members of the Green Lantern Corps manage to save Kal-El.

Superboy-Prime was then taken into the custody of the Guardians of the Universe, who placed him in a quantum containment field, surrounded by a red Sun-Eater and guarded by fifty Green Lanterns.[23]

Sinestro Corps

Superman-Prime on Earth's Moon. Art by Ivan Reis.

A year later, Superboy-Prime sits in his cell and is watched over by a special cadre of Green Lanterns, including Guy Gardner, when the Guardians of the Universe discuss whether they should question him.[24]

Geoff Johns stated on the scene, "It’s a subtle thing – he’s looking at his belt, and he’s contemplating who and what he is... for us, him being naked was an acknowledgment of stripping himself down to being this kid again, and being completely absorbed in what he’s done, and what he’s going to do."[25]

When the Sinestro Corps attack Oa, Superboy-Prime is released from his imprisonment and joins them. He becomes one of the Anti-Monitor's heralds, and wears the uniform of the Sinestro Corps along with a variant of the power suit he wore during Infinite Crisis.[26] Calling himself Superman-Prime (in part due to the legal disputes over the Superboy name), he arrives on Earth and battles a large group of heroes while flashing back on his life so far. He reveals that he did not believe Sinestro when he said that the Multiverse has been restored, and has only gone along with the Anti-Monitor's plans so that he may one day get revenge on him for the destruction of Earth-Prime. Superman, Power Girl, and Supergirl arrive and stop him, only to have him escape as the sun rises, restoring his powers.[27][28][29][30][31] Afterwards, Superman-Prime brutally battles Ion. Superman-Prime and the Green Lantern-powered Daxamite have an all out battle throughout the state of New York. Prime is already as powerful as Ion but when he exposes him to lead, Superman-Prime gets the upper hand, defeating him.[32] When the Anti-Monitor is wounded by the Guardians and the destruction of War World, Superman-Prime impatiently flies through his chest and throws him into space, then battles both the Sinestro Corps and Green Lantern Corps, until a Guardian willingly sacrifices himself to destroy Superman-Prime. However, instead of dying, Prime is warped into another universe.[33]

Countdown

Superman-Prime on the cover of Countdown to Final Crisis #14. Art by Pete Woods.

In Countdown to Final Crisis, following the conclusion of the Sinestro Corps War, Superman-Prime is now wearing a costume similar to the black suit worn by Superman shortly after his resurrection and has discovered the existence of the new Multiverse, traversing it in the hopes of finding Earth-Prime. He arrives on Earth-15 and attacks that world's Lex Luthor, blaming him for Alexander Luthor's failure to make the universe "perfect".[34] He promptly kills that world's heroes and destroys the planet.[35]

He then flies to his new base of operations in the Source Wall where he had been torturing Mister Mxyzptlk into helping him recreate Earth-Prime. It was revealed that Superman-Prime is 19 years old and according to Mxyzptlk, his growth is temporary and the result of his cells absorbing energy from his last "encounter". Mxyzptlk escapes with the help of another prisoner, Annataz Arataz, an alternate version of Zatanna from Earth-3. Annataz is killed when Superman-Prime grows angry and gives up on using magic to achieve his goals.[36][37]

He appears on the Monitors' satellite headquarters and threatens Solomon to help him find Earth-Prime.[38] Solomon tells him that if he releases Forerunner, he will show him what he wants, he does so.[39] Solomon then tells Prime that Earth-51 is his perfect Earth, and it is in ruins due to the fighting between Monarch's Army, the Earth-51 heroes, and the Challengers. Prime leaves the satellite with the intent to confront Monarch.[40] Superman-Prime confronts and fights with Monarch, finding out that this is an enemy who is on his level despite his boosted powers from the Guardian. These two vastly powerful men trade blows and energy blasts for a time, as Monarch taunts Prime and tells him the scope of his power. The two seem evenly matched until Prime becomes slightly injured after Monarch exposes part of his suit and releases some of his massive contained energies. In a fit of rage, Superman-Prime redoubles his attack on Monarch and while his temporarily Oan Guardian-boosted powers begin to fade he rips open the chestplate of Monarch's containment armor, resulting in a huge explosion of quantum energy that seems to destroy the entire universe of Earth-51.[41]

Legion of 3 Worlds

Superboy-Prime as the Time Trapper from Final Crisis: Legion of 3 Worlds #4. Art by George Pérez.

Shortly after the events of Geoff Johns' Superman and the Legion of Super-Heroes storyline, the Time Trapper finds Superboy-Prime lost in time. He decides to use him to destroy the Legion and sends him to the 31st century, where he crashes in a farm outside of Smallville.[42]

He appears much younger than he did when he was last seen in Countdown to Final Crisis (having used up the power he had absorbed from the dying Guardian, which made him look older), and appears to be wearing the tattered remains of his black Superman-Prime uniform. He encounters the elderly couple who own the farm, and they refer to him as "Superboy", which enrages him. Despite returning to a younger appearance after the events of Countdown, he still thinks of himself as a man, rather than a boy. After being shot he kills the xenophobic farming couple, makes his way into Smallville and visits the Superman Museum, where he is enraged that Superman is regarded so highly. His rage is greatly increased when he visits the hall of villains in the museum, and finds the statue commemorating him to be locked in a back storeroom. Apparently he is regarded as merely a footnote in Superman's history, an annoyance who was defeated by Conner Kent, Bart Allen, and Sodam Yat, and ultimately has no impact on history as it stood. This sends him in to a tantrum, in which he wrecks the museum and kills security guards and police officers. In the middle of his tantrum, the museum tour guide (a holographic recreation of Jimmy Olsen) tells Prime of the Legion of Super-Villains.[42]

He learns that the evil Legion followed a code of evil, inspired by a dark being whose "name was never spoken". Prime, resolved to be a villain with more of an impact than any other enemy of Superman, sets out for the prison planet of Takron-Galtos, and frees Lightning Lord, Saturn Queen, and Cosmic King. Unlike most denizens of the 31st century, they all recognize Prime and seem overjoyed to see him. The dialogue seems to imply that Prime was the dark being whose example the villains follow.[42]

After freeing the prisoners, Prime burns a huge S shield into the prison planet, determined to turn the shield from a symbol of hope into a symbol of terror. Learning of the prison break, the Legion of Super-Heroes resolves to call Superman from the 21st Century. Superman, and the historical records, imply that no one from New Earth are aware of what happened to Prime after the Sinestro Corps War (although being on Earth-51 at the same time as him, Kyle Rayner, Jason Todd, and Donna Troy never encountered or identified Prime themselves).[33][40][41]

Superman and Brainiac 5 decide to bring in two other versions of the Legion to combat the new Legion of Super Villains, led by Prime, with Superman convinced the only way to neutralize the threat of Prime is to redeem him.[42]

Superboy-Prime leads his Legion of Super-Villains to Sorcerer's World, where he recruits Mordru and kills Rond Vidar (the last Green Lantern) before heading to Earth.

During the war between the Legions of Super Heroes and the Legion of Super Villains, Prime battles with several opponents with which he has a history. First, the immortal Sodam Yat (the last Guardian of the Universe) is persuaded to end his self-imposed retirement on Oa to battle Superboy-Prime.[43] Then Bart Allen returns from the Speed Force, wearing the Kid Flash uniform that he had not worn since fighting Prime in Infinite Crisis.[44] Soon after, Conner Kent (Superboy) enters the battle, his corpse dug up by Starman in the present and placed in a Kryptonian restoration chamber for the past 1000 years. The resurrections of Kid Flash and Superboy were part of a master contingency plan devised long before by Brainiac 5, who was forewarned of Superboy-Prime by one of Dream Girl's prophecies.[45]

During the battle, Prime kills two Legionnaires whose abilities manage to hurt him: Sun Boy of Earth-Prime's "Threeboot Legion", who used red solar powers; and Element Lad of Earth-Prime, who managed to turn the ground around Prime into green kryptonite of the Earth-Prime universe.[44][45]

During the battle, Superman, Lightning Lad, Cosmic Boy and Saturn Girl are brought to the end of time by the Time Trapper, who then attacks them. During the fight, the Trapper's hood is pulled off his head, revealing an aged Superboy-Prime underneath. The elder Superboy-Prime stated that he became an anomaly that couldn't be killed after being shunted into the Multiverse by the Guardians of the Universe and became the sole survivor of all creation.[45]

Back on Earth, Conner quickly begins gaining the upper-hand against Prime. Using his heat-vision, Conner manages to create a deep wound across the s-shield that Prime had carved into his chest, disfiguring the symbol. Meanwhile at the end of time, the same wound appears out of nowhere on Time Trapper's chest. Realizing that Time Trapper's past is directly connected to his future, Saturn Girl uses the Time Trapper's time portals to recruit every Legion across the multiverse, who fight and defeat the Time Trapper. Superman and the 3 Legion founders transport him to the 31st Century, where the Trapper faces his younger self. Superboy Prime and Trapper start bickering which culminates with their mutual destruction after Prime attacks Time Trapper, creating a paradox.

The paradox created by Prime attacking himself returned him home to the resurrected Earth-Prime. To his dismay, his girlfriend and family, being in the real world, have read Infinite Crisis, Sinestro Corps War, Countdown to Final Crisis, and Legion of 3 Worlds. They have since learned everything he's done, and are now terrified of him. Prime lives in his parents' basement, who support him out of fear for what he might do to them. He spends his days collecting comic books and trolling the real-world DC Comics message boards, remarking that the DCU will never be rid of him and that he "always survives." Despite the physical depletion of his powers, he claims to have a new-found power as his eyes begin glowing red again.[46]

Blackest Night

The last scene of Superboy-Prime in Adventure Comics #5. Art by Jerry Ordway

Superboy-Prime continues to live his secluded life, unknowingly but constantly monitored by the prime universe Brainiac 5, still reading compulsively every bit of comic books and message board posts pertaining to the DC Multiverse. The extended cool off period forced on him has left Clark more regretful, aware of his reputation as a joke character in the fellow public of Earth-Prime. Upon reading Adventure Comics #4, and the online solicitations for the two-parts storyline possibly dealing with his death, he embarks with his fearful parents on a wild goose chase, hoping to find a comic book store willing to sell him a copy of the fifth issue. However, since the fifth issue is not yet on the shelves, the events unfold exactly as Clark already read them, with Alexander Luthor, risen as a Multiversal-hopping Black Lantern, bestowing to him his Superboy-Prime powers in order to bring him to a higher emotional state. Upon calling forth Superboy's victims, he teasingly reveals to him his impending death in Adventure Comics #5.[47] Unable to damage the Black Lanterns, Superboy-Prime flies to the DC Comics building in New York and attempts to take revenge on the writers he believes made him the way he is. Before he can do so, Alexander teleports him to his basement, and begins destroying his comic collection.

Superboy-Prime then accepts the hopelessness of his situation, and willingly puts on a black ring, which wills him to "die". However, the ring, reacting to his mixed emotions, somehow starts to switch between the powers of the Emotional spectrum, resulting in a mixed-light burst that eradicates the Black Lanterns and the ring itself. Lying on the floor, overcome by the emotions forced by the ring and devastated that "they" have turned him into a monster and made it so he cannot ever have a "happy ending", Laurie enters the basement, sporting a broken arm. She comforts Superboy-Prime, telling him that they heard him, and that "they" sent her to tell him that they are sorry for what they did to him, and are going to leave him alone, "they" previously mentioned as being the writers at DC Comics. As they embrace, a Black Lantern ring is shown on Laurie's hand that detects "Hope".[48]

Powers and abilities

Kryptonian powers

Superboy-Prime has all the basic abilities of a Kryptonian exposed to yellow sunlight: super-strength, speed, breath, and hearing; the power of flight; X-ray, heat, microscopic, and telescopic visions; and invulnerability. His power is closer to the Silver Age "Earth-One" Superman, which makes him one of the most powerful characters in the DC universe (and more powerful than the current "mainstream" incarnation of Superman). As his Krypton never exploded, there never existed any Kryptonite that affects him (Some, however, has since been artificially created by beings of his own world, like the Element Lad of Earth-Prime), and his only weakness is an increased need of a yellow sun for his powers.[1][42] His fight with the Guardians showed that his Kryptonian-Prime physiology is capable of absorbing and processing large quantities of Oan energy and Quantum energy in addition to yellow sun energy.[33] It is unknown what other energies Superboy-Prime can absorb and metabolize for his powers.

Power suit

While imprisoned by the Flashes on an alternate Earth,[19] Superboy-Prime builds a power suit based on the one worn by the Anti-Monitor. The suit collects and feeds him yellow solar energy to maintain his power levels even when exposed to a red sun; in his first appearance, he was shown to shrug off the effects of artificial, localized red sun radiation, but he was not exposed to an actual red sun.[1][21] Although he claims to have made it himself,[22] Bart Allen remembers him stealing it following his escape.[49] It is destroyed when the two Supermen fly Superboy-Prime through Krypton's red sun.[23] After his escape from Oa, Superboy-Prime is given a new power suit built by the Sinestro Corps and reveals he created the original after seeing how the Anti-Monitor's armor acted as a giant energy collector.[27] In Legion of 3 Worlds, Superboy-Prime dons his original armor once more, taking it from a statue in the Superman museum.[42] During the Blackest Night, the Black Lantern Alexander Luthor provides Superboy-Prime with a copy of his original armor.[47]

Time power

As the Time Trapper Superboy-Prime has complete control over time itself. He is able to freeze it, alter it, and even separate parts of it, thereby creating his own pocket dimensions.[42] He cannot, however alter events in the present time.[45]

Resistance to the Black Ring

Owing to his highly volatile psyche and his fragmented emotional status, Superboy-Prime is shown to be highly resistant to the Black power ring powers: rather than being killed and "risen" as a soulless corpse driven by the ring itself, when exposed to it Superboy Prime expels in a painful discharge huge amounts of the seven different energies of the Emotional spectrum, with devastating effects on every nearby Black Power Ring. It is unknown, however, if this is an inherent power of Superboy-Prime, a byproduct of his fragmented ego or simply a calculated move by either the intelligence behind the black rings or Alexander, but either way this is a power that even heroes such as Superman and Wonder Woman do not possess, as under similar circumstances they succumbed to the Black rings control.[48]

As a matter of further confusion in the matter, it's stated that a Black Lantern ring is only able to latch on the resurrected dead, while Superboy-Prime technically never died before. Furthermore, other living Black Lanterns, like Wonder Woman [50], exhibit the power to free themselves from the possession by clinging on their human emotions, albeit not with the same range and intensity shown by Superboy-Prime.

Weaknesses

Whereas most versions of Superman have a weakness to magic, Superboy-Prime appears to be highly resilient against it. Additionally, most versions are affected by Kryptonite; however, Kryptonite does not affect Kryptonians from other universes.[1] The Krypton of Earth-Prime's universe—unlike other versions of the planet—was completely absorbed by its sun, rather than being destroyed and fragments ejected from the explosion which would have created kryptonite, so there is no known kryptonite that can affect Superboy-Prime.[23] However, during his battles with the three Legions, the "Threeboot" Element Lad was able to transmute the ground around Superboy-Prime into a form of Kryptonite that actually did hurt him.[45] It is revealed that threeboot Element Lad and the threeboot Legion of Super-Heroes are from Earth Prime.[46] Superboy-Prime also loses his powers when exposed to a red sun, as do other versions of Superman. In his first appearance, he's shown to resist the effects of red sun radiation; however, this radiation was artificial. Every time Prime has been depowered it has taken an actual red sun, and not merely localized red sun radiation.[23]

His reaction to psionics has not been fully explored, although Martian Manhunter is shown to be able to read his mind.[23] When Nightshade attacks Superboy-Prime with darkness, he shows a deep achluophobia brought about most likely from the darkness blocking his access to yellow sunlight.[22]

Superboy-Prime also has a fear of the Flash Family, due in large part to them pushing Superboy-Prime into the Speed Force, where they imprison him under red sunlight to depower him for several years until he breaks out.[19][21] He reveals his continued fear of them, when during the Sinestro Corps War, he is confronted by Wally West and Jay Garrick, whom he admits with a stutter "I d-don't like Speedsters!"[27] This fear is again on display in Legion of 3 Worlds, when he lapses into a fearful stutter while recounting his battle with the Flashes during Infinite Crisis. While Prime seemingly has a fear of the entire Flash Family, it is Bart Allen who he fears the most due to the fact that Bart was the first hero to defeat Prime in a one-on-one fight, sealing him within the Speed Force for years. During a later battle in Infinite Crisis, Prime fled from battle in fear when attacked by Bart. Upon learning of the Legion's attempts to bring Bart back, Prime goes into a mad-panic, going so far as to fly through his own Legion's forces as to attempt to stop Bart from returning, yelling and stuttering, even whimpering to himself, in fear as he does so. Upon realizing he was too late, Prime even screams in fear upon seeing the returned Kid Flash racing towards him.[44]

Kal-El and Kal-L defeat Superboy-Prime by flying him directly through Krypton's red sun Rao, destroying his armor and diminishing their powers in the process. Afterward, the Green Lantern Corps imprisoned him inside a "Junior" Red Sun Eater, which similarly depowers him.[23]

Massive amounts of quantum energy have been shown to injure Superboy-Prime as well, as seen in his battle with Monarch.[40][41]

Personality

According to Infinite Crisis writer Geoff Johns, "Superboy-Prime's really frustrated with what his life has turned into and, unfortunately, that frustration is going to be taken out on the world". He also mentioned that "He's been wanting to show the world what he can do, because he barely had a chance to be Superboy. He was Superboy a little bit before Crisis on Infinite Earths and then—BOOM!—his world was wiped out and that was it".[51]

When asked how Superboy-Prime's battle with the Teen Titans got out of control so quickly, editor Dan DiDio said "Superboy is a teenager raised in isolation, with raging hormones, a huge chip on his shoulder, and the powers of a god. He never learned how to keep his powers or emotions in check, so when confronted, the situation escalated and he had no idea on how to defuse it. Think of a situation where you, as a teenager, lost your temper. Now imagine you have the power to crush a planet. Do you think that situation would have ended differently? This is the moment where Superboy-Prime crosses the point of no return and becomes the greatest threat the universe will ever know".

After the publication of Infinite Crisis #5, Johns said at the Wizard World LA convention: "That took me a long time to break, because I thought Superboy-Prime needed to view the world so narrow. You can see how his world view is so narrow and so black and white and realistically that is not going to work anymore". Originally, Superboy-Prime started out coming into Crisis as corrupted and evil, but the take on the character didn't work for Johns. "I said to Dan I think Prime does it by accident and is horrified. That panel where's he's looking at his hands and goes 'I didn't mean to do it', that for me is the entire story for Superboy-Prime. He didn't mean to do this stuff. What's worse... making a mistake and fessing up to it or doing something bad and saying 'You made me do it?'. Superboy-Prime is a very simplistic character who has become very complex".[52]

When asked if Superboy-Prime was irredeemable or not, Johns replied "I think it's a split. You saw his reaction when he did what he did in Infinite Crisis, but at that same time, he's walked over that line. Does he think he can walk back? Should he? Does this universe even matter to him anymore? Is it the fact that, now that he's got a big dent on his car, another one won't matter? If he's already on that path, is he going to continue on it, or is he going to really try and work and go back?"[25]

His central problem in many stories has been his own arrogance. While his sheer power level makes him more than a match for almost every opponent he has ever thought, combined with his own mentality being based around a mindset that can justify every action he takes on the grounds that he is "Superman" and hence knows best, he is repeatedly incapable of taking responsibility for his actions, with heroes such as Bart Allen and Sodam Yat often challenging him with his own inadequacies that he is unable to fully contradict. This arrogance came to a head when he confronted his future self as the Time Trapper; Superboy-Prime's sheer arrogance meant that he refused to acknowledge even the possibility that the Time Trapper was genuinely him, convinced that he knew how his life would unfold and that the Time Trapper thus had no place in his timeline, prompting him to attack his future self and thus negate his timeline.

Much later Superboy-Prime, now on "home arrest" in his native dimension of Earth-Prime, receives his shot at redemption, showing a genuine care for his parents, despite his earlier misgivings and the implied harm to Laurie, going so far to protect them selflessly from attack by a horde of dimension-hopping Black Lanterns.[47] When battling them, he ultimately gives up and tries to become a Black Lantern himself, putting on one of the rings. But the ring instead reacts to his emotions, momentarily turning him into several different types of Lanterns, forcing him to face and acknowledge his feelings of regret, selfishness, fear and self-loathing. Finally, the love generated by his feelings for Laurie generates a feedback that destroys the Black Lanterns, as well as the ring. Afterwords, he finally shows regret for what he has done, and realizes that he has turned into a monster. When Laurie returns, she explains that "they" (DC Comics) have heard his pleas, and will allow him to live in peace, implying he is indeed redeemed (or however close to that he is likely to achieve). The Black Lantern ring on her finger, however, proves this to be a lie.[48]

See also

Notes

  1. ^ a b c d DC Comics Presents #87 (November 1985)
  2. ^ a b Crisis on Infinite Earths #10 (January 1986)
  3. ^ Crisis on Infinite Earths #12 (March 1985)
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h Infinite Crisis: Secret Files & Origins (April 2006)
  5. ^ Batman Annual #25 (May 2006)
  6. ^ The Man of Steel #1-6 (1986)
  7. ^ Superman: Birthright #1-12 (2004)
  8. ^ Doom Patrol #1 (August 2004)
  9. ^ The OMAC Project (2005)
  10. ^ Rann-Thanagar War (2005)
  11. ^ Villains United (2005)
  12. ^ Superman (vol. 2) #216 (May 2005)
  13. ^ Day of Vengeance (2005)
  14. ^ JLA #118 (September 2005)
  15. ^ Infinite Crisis #1 (December 2005)
  16. ^ Infinite Crisis #2 (January 2006)
  17. ^ Infinite Crisis #3 (February 2006)
  18. ^ Teen Titans (vol. 3) #32 (March 2006)
  19. ^ a b c Infinite Crisis #4 (March 2006)
  20. ^ Wizard Entertainment: GEOFF JOHNS: WRITER'S WORKSHOP Rewriting, Part I: ‘Infinite Crisis’ #4
  21. ^ a b c Infinite Crisis #5 (April 2006)
  22. ^ a b c Infinite Crisis #6 (May 2006)
  23. ^ a b c d e f g Infinite Crisis #7 (June 2006)
  24. ^ Green Lantern (vol. 4) #13 (September 2006)
  25. ^ a b Geoff Johns - Green Lantern, OA, Prime & More, Newsarama, September 5, 2006
  26. ^ Green Lantern: Sinestro Corps Special #1 (August 2007)
  27. ^ a b c Tales of the Sinestro Corps Presents: Superman-Prime (October 2007)
  28. ^ Green Lantern (vol. 4) #21 (July 2007)
  29. ^ Green Lantern (vol. 4) #22 (August 2007)
  30. ^ Green Lantern (vol. 4) #23 (September 2007)
  31. ^ Green Lantern (vol. 4) #24 (October 2007)
  32. ^ Green Lantern Corps (vol. 2) #18 (November 2007)
  33. ^ a b c Green Lantern (vol. 4) #25 (December 2007)
  34. ^ Countdown to Final Crisis #26 (October 2007)
  35. ^ Countdown to Final Crisis #24 (November 2007)
  36. ^ Countdown #31 (September 2007)
  37. ^ Countdown to Final Crisis #23 (November 2007)
  38. ^ Countdown to Final Crisis #16 (January 2008)
  39. ^ Countdown to Final Crisis #15 (January 2008)
  40. ^ a b c Countdown to Final Crisis #14 (January 2008)
  41. ^ a b c Countdown to Final Crisis #13 (January 2008)
  42. ^ a b c d e f g Final Crisis: Legion of 3 Worlds #1 (August 2008)
  43. ^ Final Crisis: Legion of 3 Worlds #2 (October 2008)
  44. ^ a b c Final Crisis: Legion of 3 Worlds #3 (February 2009)
  45. ^ a b c d e Final Crisis: Legion of 3 Worlds #4 (April 2009)
  46. ^ a b Final Crisis: Legion of 3 Worlds #5 (July 2009)
  47. ^ a b c Adventure Comics (vol. 2) #4 (November 2009)
  48. ^ a b c Adventure Comics (vol. 2) #5 (December 2009)
  49. ^ The Flash: The Fastest Man Alive #6 (August 2006)
  50. ^ Blackest Night: Wonder Woman #2
  51. ^ Wizard: The Guide to Comics #172 (2005)
  52. ^ WWLA Day One: Out of Crisis a Nation is Born In The DCU Nation Tour, Comic Book Resources, March 17, 2006

References


Quotes

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikiquote

Superboy-Prime is a fictional superhero turned supervillain in the DC Universe.

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Infinite Crisis

  • Actually, you can call me Superboy... PRIME!
  • Are you going to let Lois die, Power Girl?
  • You fooled everyone into thinking you're actually Superboy. You don't even have a cape!
  • Stop hitting me!
  • I'm not stupid!
  • [after decapitating Pantha] ...Oh no! ...I didn't mean to do that.
  • Why are you making me? Why?!
  • You're ruining everything! You're ruining ME!!
  • You're making me like you!
  • Cold? Cold is being the lone survivor of a dead universe! Cold is being imprisoned when you tried to make things better! Cold is what this universe has made me!
  • The Phantom Zone is for criminals! I'm a good guy!
  • Where do you think you’re going? Where?! You can’t send me back into the Speed Force. You’re not fast enough. Oh. I see where you’ve brought me now. To the place this Krypton exploded. But this Kryptonite isn’t from my universe. It won’t hurt me. All you’re going to do is kill this Superman. I mean, did you think these rocks would stop me? Hahahahaha! Did you really? [eyes widen as he realizes they’re taking him into the red sun]
  • You can't get rid of me! When I grow up, I'm gonna be Superman! Don't any of you understand?!
  • [when Conner calls him a hypocrite] What does that word even mean? You probably think you're smart. You're not.
  • I'm bringing back Earth-Prime and no one will know what I did to do it! No one.
  • I am special!
  • [battling Superman] I'm the only one who can rescue this messed-up universe. I'm the only one who knows how to make it right. I will be its greatest hero! When you're gone... I will be Superman!
  • I've been in worse places than this...and I've gotten out.

Sinestro Corps War

  • [Sitting on the Moon] Heh. Stupid Earth.
  • Look, up in the sky! [Lands by the Justice Society) I'm baaaack. Jerks.
  • [In a graveyard] Don't know about you, but I'm getting to like the sight of all these dead folks lying around. Gives me a nice picture of things to come.
  • (To Ion] All you REALLY are is Superman-Lite, with a fancy ring. Big Deal!
  • Girls, hang onto your boyfriends...

Final Crisis: Legion of 3 Worlds

  • Oh, great. The robot. The buildings. Yeah. I'm in the stupid future.
  • (Arriving in the Superman Museum) You gotta be kidding me. This whole museum...is for that lame Superman?! (sees an exhibit of Jonathan and Martha Kent finding baby Kal-El) He was an ugly baby if you ask me.
  • (To a holographic Jimmy Olsen) If you were real, I'd rip that stupid grin off your face, one tooth at a time.
  • (Blasting a display of the Legion of Super-Heroes with heat vision) The Legion. The United Planets. I'll destroy them all. I'll destroy EVERYTHING Superman has ever INSPIRED!
  • (Attacking Superman) First, I scorched that hick town Smallville! Now, I'm gonna turn Metropolis and your stupid friends into ash! Then I'm gonna rip up your Fortress and turn the North Pole into the hugest fire EVER! And they'll be the three points of the "S" I'm going to burn into the Earth. The "S" is MY symbol NOW, "Superman"!
  • Oh, just watch this, okay? You're about to see Legionnaires die in ways you've never seen before.
  • Long live our Legion. Heh. That was a good one.
  • Supergirl really died? Not a hoax? Not a dream? Not an imaginary story?
  • (After Lightning Lass reminds Lightning Lad that the Legion's priority is to protect innocent people) There are no innocents, Lightning Lass! Not in the future! Everyone worships Superman! "Earth's first alien immigrant!" "The man who will unify the universe!" I'm gonna unify my fist with his face!
  • I TOLD YOU TO SHUT UP ABOUT HER! (Blasts through Superman's hand with heat vision)
  • (Being restrained by Superman, Reboot M'onel and Andromeda) I don't care what Legion you're from - I hate Legion!
  • (Desperately trying to stop Bart Allen's resurrection) He's just a stupid kid! He doesn't matter!
  • (About to blast Bart Allen and XS with heat vision) Dodge this, Impuke!
  • (Fighting Bart Allen) When I get my hands on you, you're toast!
  • It doesn't matter. My parents are dead.
  • (Killing Kinetix) Hocus Pocus. (Kinetix explodes) Ta-daaa! I made Lame-Lass disappear!
  • (suffering Kryptonite poisoning) Kryptonite's not supposed to hurt!
  • It took a thousand years to make the future! Big deal! I'll tear it down in one!
  • (Challenging Sodam Yat) You want to shine your light, Lantern? Let's see who can be brighter!
  • (Grabbing Polar Boy) On my Earth, I read all about you, Polar Boy. You were a substitute Legionnaire who was let into the clubhouse because people felt sorry for you. Y'know, I almost feel sorry for you. Almost. (Punches Polar Boy) Wannabe! It doesn't matter who's left. Legion Subs, Academy trainees, family and friends -- I'll kill all of them. And the Legion will finally DIE!
  • (fighting Kon-El) You're not Superboy! You're super annoying!
  • (punches Wildfire) Out of my way, Wildfart!
  • (to the Time Trapper) Nobody warns me. I do all the warning. So here's one: My fist is about to punch your dentures through the back of your skull.
  • (while trapped on Earth-Prime) They think I'm powerless. They think I can't do anything from here. They're wrong. (starts typing on a computer) They'll never get rid of me. I always survive.

Others

  • I'll kill you! I'll kill you to DEATH!
  • I bet I look totally cool. Ha ha.
  • It's Prime time! I've been saving that one.

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