Since the start of Rebirth, just over a year ago, there have been a handful of characters fans just can’t stop asking about. Even DC Comics co-publisher Dan DiDio is quick and open about listing them off in interviews and at conventions: Fans want to know about the JSA, the Legion of Super-Heroes and Conner Kent.
The first two items on the list have been hinted at pretty heavily in Rebirth from the very beginning, with characters like Johnny Thunder and Saturn Girl making their return at the starting gun in DC Universe Rebirth #1. But Conner? Well, he’s been a different story.
For a year and a half, the name Conner Kent never came up in any capacity in Rebirth storylines. There were no tease, no hints, no passing references. Creators on convention panels would duck and weave around questions regarding the Rebirth of the fan-favorite Superboy with playful ease. It seemed -- for lack of a better word -- that fans of Kon-El might be waiting forever for the return of their favorite character.
That is, until Detective Comics #966 made it’s move.