DenofGeek.com has published an interview with writer Brian Michael Bendis to find out why Jon Kent/Superboy has aged in the “Superman” comic books, and what it means for Superman and Lois.
“This is a Superman family adventure,” begins Benis. “This is a Superman family crisis. This is the kind of stuff that would only happen to Superman, but I think does reflect what a lot of parents and a lot of families go through which is, ‘Stuff happens that we don’t expect and you deal with it.’ There’s a Superman version of that, and this is it. It really is about how the family’s going to deal with something they didn’t see coming. It is about vivid emotions of parenting and being a kid.”
As for whether this is real, whether this is actually Jon Kent, Bendis explains, “My instinct as a storyteller is to not tell you if it’s real or not real because I want you all to discover it in the story. But on the same notion, I know that a lot of these characters come with a little bit of that baggage of, ‘Could it be a reboot or evil from another dimension?’ It’s not, it’s him. It’s real. It’s really happening. I’m breaking my rule of telling people that because I want them to actually enjoy it for what it is and not worry about the other stuff.”
Bendis goes on to describe where things are at for Jon and how the story will unfold. “He’s about 17. He has not been artificially aged. He lived all the years he’s been away. We spend a lot of that time developing and telling that story, so I’m going let that play out in book by the beautiful Brandon Peterson. That’s the story Jonathan’s come to tell his father, where he’s been, what’s happening, and what they need to do next. It is big, and it’s different and, for Jon, it’s very exciting. I mean … He was raised by two of the best people ever and then he had the old trial by fire as far as puberty went. He really had to do it on his own. He really became his own person, so we’re going to meet that person.”
You can read the full interview at DenofGeek.com.