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At the end of this week's "Superman" #688 a mailbox is shown with the name "K. Wells," a name some well-read Superman fans probably haven't thought of since 1985's "Crisis on Infinite Earths."
"People who have read it will know at the end of the story that the third Kryptonian is somebody named K. Wells and that's a reference to Kristin Wells, who was the pre-Crisis Superwoman," Busiek told CBR News. "But the pre-Crisis Superwoman wasn't Kryptonian. She was a descendant of Jimmy Olsen from the future, who time-traveled and had a suit that gave her special powers. So this isn't the same character. We are just re-using a name from the past as a nod."
The writer continued, "Long-time Superman fans have seen a character with the same name. Or at least one of the same names but that's more a tribute than anything else. It's not an attempt to revive that particular character. There have been hints of the character that we have done so far. But, putting those aside, this is a new character."
|"DC Comics Presents: Annual" #2 The original Kristen Wells' first comics appearance|
Busiek started laying the groundwork for the mythos-bending "Third Kryptonian" arc during his "Back in Action" story he wrote in "Action Comics" #841-843, now available in trade paperback. While collecting Earth's superheroes in hopes of reaping great rewards for their sale, the villainous alien known as the Auctioneer lets slip there is, in fact, three survivors of Krypton – Superman, Supergirl and another.
"It seemed like the perfect time to say, 'Hey, look. Here's a clue. Everybody start thinking about this,'" Busiek said. "And we have come back a couple of times and touched on it a little bit more as a background mystery and that's got people thinking about it and talking about it. Finally, we've gotten around to it in the book to say, 'Okay, Superman has cleared away this other stuff that he had to do. We're going to see him going all out in the third script of the 'Third Kryptonian' arc and see what happens when he finds out who it is."
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Helping Superman out in his search for Krypton's missing link is his "World's Finest" partner in crime solving, Batman. "If you were looking for a needle in a haystack, and one of your closest allies was the world's greatest detective, you'd call him in," Busiek remarked. "It was mentioned in 'Superman' #662 that Superman asked Batman to help look for the third Kryptonian, and #668 is where we actually see yes, Batman is indeed on the case and they are working stuff out together and doing what they can, as to clues on Earth."
|"The Third Kryptonian" storyline continues in "Superman" #669|
Fans can also expect even more in the future, as Busiek told CBR News he and Geoff Johns ("Action Comics") will be following their popular "Up, Up and Away" storyline with another "Superman" and "Action Comics" crossover in 2008. "It's happening after the 'Insect Queen' arc in 'Superman' #671-673 and the 'Superman and Legion of Super-Heroes' arc in 'Action Comics' #858-861,"revealed Busiek.
"It's one of the fun parts about working with someone like Geoff and having the two books where we can bounce back and forth," he said. "So for instance, he can introduce Chris Kent in his book in the 'Last Son' storyline [in 'Action Comics'] and then I can use Chris Kent in 'Superman.'
|"The Third Kryptonian" storyline concludes in "Superman Anual" #13|
Johns actually stayed at Busiek's home in Washington state for a few days while the two plotted the "Up, Up and Away" storyline in 2005, and later the two met in New York and laid the groundwork for the next two years of "Action Comics" and "Superman."
As for Kristin Wells, Busiek says the revelation and actual discovery by Superman of a fellow Kryptonian is not all hugs and kisses. "Superman's a little bit conflicted because on the one hand, he has found someone else from home," explained Busiek. "On the other hand, someone is trying to kill them all. And third, it's not like, 'Hey, there. I am your cousin from the next town over' and everything's happy. The third Kryptonian has a history and has a past and that past is not something that completely sits well with Superman.
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Indeed, even if two people are from the same hometown (or planet), that doesn't ensure they are rooting for the same ball team. Busiek agreed, "If you were lost a long way from home and you met somebody from home, it would be great to meet them but the next question, you have to ask, 'Is this somebody, I am going to like or not?'
Or it could be worse, said the Boston native.
"You aren't a Yankees' fan, are you?"
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