Super is in the Blood1 of 12Legacy characters are everywhere in comic books right now, but for a select few of them, their super-pedigree goes straight back to their famously heroic parents. Just look at Super-Sons, the new DC title that pairs up Jon Kent and Damian Wayne, the current Superboy and Robin, respectively – and the kids of Superman and Batman. The second generation superheroes have their first meeting in this week's Superman #10, setting the stage for the new Super Sons ongoing series.
Meanwhile, over at Marvel, Cyclops and Madelyne Pryor’s son Cable is getting his own ongoing series again in 2017, while Annie Parker, the daughter of Peter and Mary Jane Parker, will become a superhero alongside her parents in the alternate timeline of Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows.
While it would be exhausting to try and list all the children of super-parents, here’s Newsarama’s list of 10 of the most significant and well-known examples.
SUPERBOY (Jon Kent)2 of 12Jon Kent, a.k.a. Superboy, is the son of Superman and Lois Lane. Having recently joined the DC Universe with “Rebirth,” his adventures with his dad have become the central story of Superman.
Jon Kent is about to break out on his own alongside Damian Wayne, the son of his father’s oldest ally, Batman, in a titled called Super Sons, which takes its name from Silver Age “imaginary tales” about the children of the two heroes teaming up together.
MALCOLM DRAGON3 of 12The spectacularly named Malcolm Dragon is one of the few superheroic kids who managed to grow up relatively normally, as long as you include the occasional bout of action, all-out battle and disappearing parents due to parallel universe shenanigans "normal."
Despite all of that, though, he's well-adjusted, a little uncertain and one of the more believable kids in superhero comic books, as long as you can get over the green skin and the fin on his head. Not for him, teenage rebellion and smirking at authority; instead, he's even taken over the family business at a worryingly young age - even becoming the titular star of Savage Dragon, replacing his father.
ALL-NEW WOLVERINE4 of 12Laura Kinney is more of a cloned daughter than than real one, made by splicing the DNA of Wolverine and D.r. Sarah Kinney... but she's his genetic successor, and possesses most of his abilities, including indestructible adamantium claws.
Laura, or X-23e as she is sometimes known as, is the current bearer of the Wolverine mantle in All-New Wolverine, and a version of the character will appear in the third and final Wolverine solo film, Logan.
KID FLASH (IRIS WEST)5 of 12Wally West may be back in action as of “Rebirth,” but he didn’t bring his family, not seen since the onset of the “New 52,” with him. But before Wally took a sojourn from the DCU, his daughter Iris West became a new Impulse, beginning a legacy that had been explored in “Elseworlds” titles for years.
Iris was a major player in Kingdom Come, The Kingdom, and the story “Chain Lightning” in The Flash. Even though she hasn’t been seen in years, with “Rebirth” putting the West legacy back on the table, she could show up again in the future.
SPIDER-GIRL (MAY PARKER)6 of 12One of the most popular kids of a superhero out there, Mayday's appearances come and go.
In the MC2 corner of things, Mayday Parker grew up to be a superhero that literally couldn't be kept down, no matter how many times her comic was cancelled.
It's easy to see why: She managed to be reminiscent enough of the original Spider-Man stories without being a carbon copy, and added an individual touch that appealed to readers of all-ages.
A different version of Peter and MJ’s daughter – this one named Annie – will co-star in Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows, fighting crime alongside her mom and dad.
INVINCIBLE7 of 12Mark Grayson is unique on this list because he’s always been the star of his own book, Invincible. While his superhero father was introduced in the pages of Grayson’s own book, Invincible’s dad Omni-Man was still the greatest hero of his world – until it all went wrong and Omni-Man turned against Earth.
But Invincible still counts as super-progeny, quickly growing into a hero in his own right, and ultimately defeating his now evil father. But Invincible’s family troubles didn’t stop there. He soon discovered a younger half-brother named Kid Omni-Man, who inherited their father’s powers, and mean streak. Fortunately, after changing his name to Young Omni-Man, he began working to redeem his father’s legacy to the people of Earth.
Invincible’s legacy will soon come to a close, as the series is scheduled to end next year with #144.
FRANKLIN AND VALERIA RICHARDS8 of 12As one of the first examples of superhuman offspring, it's no surprise that Franklin has seen it all in a lifetime that's both short and surprisingly long (He's been around since 1968!).
He's grown older, grown younger, meet a future version of himself as an adult, had godlike powers and lost them and regained them, joined Power Pack for awhile and even got to save the world on a couple of occasions and all of this before puberty. If Reed and Sue think he's been trouble so far, wait until he starts dating.
As for his sister Valeria, her incredible intelligence makes it tough to remember that she’s often portrayed as being as young as three years old. Valeria’s history is just as convoluted as Franklin’s, having initially died when Sue Storm had a miscarriage. Saved by Franklin’s reality altering powers, Valeria was raised in an alternate reality by her father’s nemesis Dr. Doom, whom she still calls “Uncle Doom.”
Of course, after Secret Wars the entire Richards family is off the board, rebuilding the multiverse in a pocket dimension. But their eventual return is almost inevitable.
HUNTRESS (EARTH-2)9 of 12The original Huntress had a simple, yet wonderful, high concept: What would the daughter of Batman and Catwoman be like?
As it turned out, the answer was "dedicated" and "a fan favorite." After restoring her mother's honor by uncovering the truth about a doctored photograph that apparently showed Catwoman murdering a cop, she went on to join both the Justice Society and Infinity Inc. while continuing her work to keep her father's legacy intact - and Gotham free of crime.
ROBIN (DAMIAN WAYNE)10 of 12Another descendant of the Bat-family, Damian Wayne is the biological son of Bruce Wayne and Talia al Ghul, though he was created through genetic engineering. Despite his training as a ruthless assassin, Damian has proven time and time again that he is his father’s son, a dyed in the wool hero who would – and has – made the ultimate sacrifice for the greater good.
Damian has been a major part of the Batman mythos since well before the “New 52,” and now in “Rebirth,” he anchors Teen Titans as well as the upcoming Super-Sons alongside Jon Kent, the new Superboy.
CABLE11 of 12Almost certainly the poster boy for confused and convoluted superhero offspring continuity, Cable is (deep breath) the child of Cyclops and a clone of his first true love that was created by an archnemesis, a child who was sent to the far future after becoming infected with a techno-organic virus, but eventually returned to his home time as an adult, where he came into constant conflict with his father, who didn't realize his son's true identity.
You just know that, somewhere, some soap opera writer is looking at Cable's backstory in awe and envy, wishing that they could create something so amazingly byzantine and melodramatic. And we've not even gotten to the bit where Cable went back into the future with the messiah of his entire race!
Cable has his own ongoing series launching again in 2017 as part of “ResurrXion,” a push to revitalize the X-Men line.
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