DC’s latest Superman is coming out of the closet next month, with the comics firm revealing that Jon Kent shall be beginning a relationship with Jay Nakamura, a new character launched earlier this 12 months.
The son of the unique Superman (Kal-El / Clark Kent), Jon took over for his father as the “official” Superman in DC’s mainline Superman: Son of Kal-El comic earlier this year as Earth’s strongest superhero. (For these not caught up, Clark is nonetheless round, albeit off coping with some drama on Warworld in the Motion Comics and limited-run Superman and the Authority traces.)
“I knew changing Clark with one other straight white savior could possibly be an actual alternative missed,” writer Tom Taylor told IGN in an interview. “However I’ve all the time mentioned everybody wants heroes and everybody deserves to see themselves in their heroes. Right now, Superman, the strongest superhero on the planet, is coming out.”
Superman: Son of Kal-El additionally seems to be to supply a extra fashionable tackle the character. Jon Kent’s model of the hero is not going to solely face off in opposition to the same old run of supervillains but additionally modern points like local weather change and faculty shootings.
DC isn’t shying away from similarities to Clark Kent’s well-known romances, both: like Lois Lane (Jon’s mom), Jay is additionally a reporter, though Taylor teased in the identical IGN interview that he’ll have some superpowers of his personal that may enable him to satisfy Superman on his stage as a substitute of serving as one other particular person for Jon to save lots of.
Jon Kent joins different distinguished LGBTQ members of DC’s comics pantheon, following the reveal that Tim Drake (one in every of a number of Robins in the Batman canon) was queer in an August issue earlier this 12 months.
Jon and Jay are set to “change into romantically concerned” in next month’s issue quantity 5 of Superman: Son of Kal-El, out on November ninth.