The newest challenge of the Superman and Batman team-up sequence, World’s Finest, is tackling Superman’s origins with a multiversal twist. With its newest character, Boy Thunder, the story launched a brand new, however short-lived sidekick from Superman’s previous. However, his origins do not simply mirror the Man of Steel’s, due to the forgotten origins of the DC Rebirth Superman and Jonathan Kent.
David Sikela was transported from his Earth to the Earth of the DC Universe in Batman/Superman: World’s Finest #7 (by Mark Waid, Dan Mora, Tamra Bonvillain and Steve Wands). Although he got here from one other model of Gotham City, his dad and mom creating an interdimensional ship to move him to security is clearly an homage to the origins of Superman. And, identical to Superman, David misplaced his world, too.
This twist has been achieved earlier than — by Superman himself. Leading as much as DC Rebirth, DC reintroduced the post-Crisis model of Superman, who, by that point, had been changed by his youthful New 52 counterpart. This was achieved within the occasion sequence Convergence, which noticed a number of universes combat for survival. Most of them have been both worn out or returned to their correct locations, the place they’d quickly be worn out anyway by an impending Crisis. Some characters escaped although, like Parallax Green Lantern, the Flash, and Supergirl from Crisis on Infinite Earths. And, becoming a member of them, have been Superman and Lois of the pre-Crisis actuality, together with their new son — Jonathan Kent.
Most followers overlook that Jon Kent — the present Superman and star of one in every of DC’s best-selling comics — was born in the course of the occasions of Convergence. His start was overseen by Flashpoint Batman. This made him the final son of the post-Crisis actuality, which had been worn out by Flashpoint. Having fled to the then-current Earth of the DC Universe, Jon Kent’s origins mimicked these of his father. He known as this new Earth his personal, while being the kid of an Earth he’d by no means identified. The greatest distinction was that he had his dad and mom with him the entire time.
Essentially, David’s origin is similar as Jon Kent’s. He even shares the identical destiny, with him quickly turning into Superman’s sidekick and seemingly getting adopted as his son on this challenge. Really, David is much less a retread of the unique Superman origin than he’s a retread of the Rebirth Superman and Jon origin. Even so, there’s nonetheless room for his story due to DC’s ever-shifting continuity.
It wasn’t lengthy earlier than Jon Kent’s origins because the final son of a dying Earth have been undone, together with the concept Rebirth Superman was a multiversal traveler. The “Superman Reborn” story noticed the convergence origin considerably retconned, it revealed that the post-Crisis and New 52 Superman have been the blue and crimson vitality variations of the character, separated, apparently, by Dr. Manhattan. When they reformed into one particular person, historical past modified and Jon was all the time part of this Earth. His new origin was even retold within the first challenge of Superman: Son of Kal-El, cementing it in place because the backstory of the brand new Superman.
With that origin primarily non-existent now, that leaves it broad open for an additional character to say. Enter David Sikela — Boy Thunder. He cannot precisely be in comparison with Jon since Jon has a complete new origin now. There’s additionally no likelihood of his origins getting retconned in the best way the Rebirth origin was. Especially contemplating the character is poised to solely be a short-lived addition to the Superman Family.
With the best way issues turned out for Jon Kent, there is not actually something for this new character to repeat. After all, it by no means occurred on this model of actuality. Jon cannot even keep in mind it himself. Neither can his father for that matter. With that out of the best way, Boy Thunder is free to show this origin into no matter he needs. Even if he and Jon are initially from lifeless Earths in universes since worn out, they not have that connection, that means, David will not exist within the shadow of Jonathan Kent.