When Jordan and his twin brother Jonathan were born, their parents took them to the Fortress of Solitude and tested them for superpowers. The tests indicated they were unlikely to develop powers and therefore Clark decided not to reveal his secret to them, although Lois wanted to.
While Jonathan was outgoing and popular, Jordan was socially withdrawn and suffered from a severe anxiety disorder. Jordan was very close to his brother who would often try to protect and look after him, but occasionally felt jealous of how everything came easily to Jonathan. He also had a distant relationship with his father, who was often absent and who he feared preferred Jonathan to him.
The week that the Kent brothers started high school, their grandmother Martha Kent suddenly died. At the funeral reception in Smallville they met a local girl named Sarah Cushing who Jordan was instantly smitten with. While attempting to impress Sarah, Jordan fell from a hayloft and a stack of heavy metal poles fell on him. Jonathan threw himself on top of Jordan, seemingly shielding him, and both boys walked away with only minor injuries.
While their parents were in town, Jordan and Jonathan investigated the barn and found a secret underground chamber where their father’s space pod was stored. When Lois and Clark returned, the brothers confronted them and Clark revealed that he was Superman, and that they believed Jonathan had inherited his superpowers. Jordan was devastated by the years of lies, blaming his half-Kryptonian nature for his mental health problems, and by the implication that Jonathan was the better and more worthy son.
That night, Jordan went to a party at the Shuster mines with Sarah, who revealed that she had seen him taking his psychiatric medication and that she had mental health issues of her own, having attempted suicide the previous year. Jordan mistook Sara’s friendly overtures for romantic interest and kissed her, and her boyfriend Sean then attacked him. Jonathan stepped in to defend Jordan but Sean and his friends overpowered and began beating both brothers. While watching his brother get assaulted, Jordan suddenly demonstrated heat vision, blasting a nearby bonfire and causing an explosion which scattered the partygoers.
Clark arrived and took them both back to the farmhouse, where Jordan remembered that when Jonathan jumped on top of him, he had felt a surge of strength and turned them over so that Jordan was shielding Jonathan instead, revealing that he was the one with superpowers. Clark admitted to Jordan that he hadn’t always been there for him but promised to do better.
The Kents relocated to Smallville, to be closer as a family and to allow Jordan to safely explore his powers. His parents decided to keep him out of school until he had full control over his powers. Clark took Jordan to the Fortress of Solitude where the hologram of Jor-El tutored him on Kryptonian history and culture, telling him he would be the one to ensure the heritage of Krypton survived. The additional attention from his father and the feeling of being special briefly improved Jordan’s self esteem until the tests at the Fortress indicated that, besides above average levels of strength and durability, his displays of superpowers were freak occurrences and he would never be able to use them at will or be like Superman.
When they returned home Jordan was distraught that he was not apparently special and got into a shouting match with Jon, who was angry at his life being disrupted for Jordan’s benefit. That night the brothers made up and he thanked Jon for agreeing to move to Smallville and for always protecting him. The next morning Clark allowed him to go to school as long as he took a signalling device that would allow him to call for help in an emergency.
Jordan and Sarah became friends and they would often hang out together at school, which made him a target for further bullying by Sean and his friends, even after Sarah broke up with Sean. In order to confront his bullies on their own ground he tried out for the football team against Jonathan’s advice, and proved to be an excellent player due to his superior strength and toughness, mowing down the kids who had picked on him. During a drill where players would attempt to tackle each other one on one, he knocked Sean down then apologised for kissing Sarah and helped him up.
Jordan began to come out of his shell as the team accepted him, but when Clark learned that Jordan had joined the team he forbade him to play, fearing he could hurt someone due to his powers. Jordan was upset by this as he believed he barely had superpowers, and bitterly told his father he preferred it when he was absent. Jonathan convinced Clark that playing football was beneficial for Jordan and Clark agreed to let him play if it was what he really wanted, which Jordan assured him it was.
Jordan quickly became the team’s star player and popular among his teammates. His mental health improved considerably and he ceased to have anxiety attacks. He also continued to develop his friendship with Sarah. The twin’s grandfather General Sam Lane came to Smallville ostensibly to watch Jonathan’s first game for the Smallville Crows, but really to chastise Clark for neglecting his heroic duties in Metropolis. Sam saw Jordan play and realised that he had superpowers, and invited himself to stay with the Kents for the weekend. Sam privately told the boys not to distract their father from his duties as Superman, warning them that people could be in danger if the greatest force for good in the world was not totally focussed on his work.
At a party, Jonathan’s friend Tag fled alone into the woods in distress, and the brothers chased after him. They found Tag suffering immense pain from uncontrollable superspeed. As Tag had been injured by bonfire explosion, Jordan believed that he had somehow bestowed superpowers on Tag. Jonathan wanted to call Clark for help, but Jordan, remembering Sam’s warnings and blaming himself for Tag’s situation, tried to help him. Tag threw Jordan away, knocking him unconscious. Jonathan used Jordan’s signalling device to call Clark, who quickly arrived and subdued Tag.
Back at home, Jonathan assured Jordan that he was not responsible for Tag’s problems, which was proved true when Sam explained that government scientists had determined Tag’s powers came from being exposed to an unknown element in the mines. When Clark asked why Jordan had tried to deal with Tag himself instead of calling for help, the brothers revealed that Sam had warned them not to bother Clark with their problems, to their parent’s fury.
Sarah asked Jordan to go on a date to Smallville’s Harvest Festival with her, which was Jordan’s first date ever. The night of the Festival, Sarah and Jordan talked and got closer, however the moment was ruined when Jonathan arrived with two older boys and drunkenly made fun of them both. Disgusted with his behaviour due to her father’s alcoholism, she stormed off. The next day she told Jordan she was not ready to date anyone at the moment, but asked that they stay friends, which he agreed to.
As Jordan was walking home, he was ambushed by Tag, who blamed Jordan for his condition. Tag beat Jordan into unconsciousness on the side of the highway.
- Kryptonian Hybrid Physiology: Due to his half-Kryptonian heritage, Jordan possesses some powers under the light of a yellow sun.
- Power Limitation: Due to his human DNA, Jordan’s cells absorb and process only a limited amount of solar radiation. As such his powers manifest randomly and to a lesser degree than a full Kryptonian.
- Social anxiety: Jordan suffers from an anxiety disorder which requires medication.
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