Tuesday, September 26, 2006

The Redemption of Superboy-Prime

Now that's certainly a title I never thought I'd be typing. And yet, Geoff Johns teases the possibility of just that in a recent inverview. He believes that it's "split" and that there's a chance that Prime could return to the side of the angels.

But I just don't buy it. There are certain lines that once crossed cannot be stepped back over. And Prime doesn't have the convenient "giant yellow space bug made me do it excuse."

And yet, we do see a Superboy-Prime engaged in what seems to be thoughful intropsection. He's considering his place in this universe that is not his own. Could he find a way back to righteousness? (assuming he was ever there to begin with...) Can Superboy-Prime follow the Hal Jordan path and become a force for truth and justice?

I don't think so.

Prime is beyond redemption. We're talking about someone who engaged in mass murder and attempted... Universocide? Is there even a word for attempting to wipe out the entire universe? Regardless, Prime tried. And he had the power to back it up.

Besides, if being trapped in the Speed Force (where he at least had the Flashes to talk to) drove him a little nutty, then imagine what being cooped up in a green box with Guy Gardner staring at him has done.

Superboy-Prime may seem introspective, but mark my words: he's just biding his time. He said he'd get out, and he will. And when he does, we're all in trouble...

5 Comments:

At 4:24 PM, Blogger CalvinPitt said...

If Geoff Johns would be so kind as to first put Cassandra Cain back on the side of angels, then I'm of the opinion he can do whatever he wants with Superboy-Prime.

Especially if it involved killing Superboy-Prime.

But in general, I'm not in favor of redeeming the whiny psycho.

 
At 8:09 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Two words:

Shadow Demons.

Hal ALSO attempted to destroy the universe, or have your forgot Zero Hour?

 
At 2:22 AM, Blogger Tom Foss said...

Come on, rewriting is totally not the same as destroying.

So...yeah. I think once you get the psycho-drool going, you're pretty much beyond saving.

Here's hoping that Cassandra Cain's undercover again, like she was with JL: Elite.

Verification Word: nuforkrw. Noun. A line of nu forks.

 
At 11:58 AM, Blogger Scipio said...

I believe "cosmocide" is the word you're looking for.

 
At 4:12 AM, Blogger Malibu Ken said...

It's not even the same Superboy Prime from DC Comics Presents...that kid wasn't powerless under a red sun, grew up in New England and didn't have any type of identity crisis issues with being Superboy (in fact, he kind of didn't like the idea)

I think the Superboy Prime that appeared mysteriously in the middle of Crisis on Infinite Earths is a whole nother kid all together, a replacement bizarro duplicate sent as a time bomb by Luthor / Brainiac after they abducted the original Clark at the end of DC Comics Presents is my theory, and I'm sticking to it.

 

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