The new Man of Steel has just gone on a journey of self-discovery.
LGBTQ + representation continues to grow in comics, but now DC decided to take a giant step forward revealing Jon Kent, the new Superman, as bisexual.
Clark Kent and Lois Lane’s son to expose his sexual orientation at the Superman: Son of Kal-El #5, the arc that exclusively stars in the vignettes.
Jon took the mantle of Superman from his father after the events of the corssover known as Futures State. Thus, he left behind his adventures in the Super Sons with Damian Wayne and the time he spent in the future with the Legion of Super-Heroes.
While the story written by Tom Taylor and drawn by John Timms and Daniele Di Nicuolo It has reflected Jon’s interest in current issues such as migration and the environment; He also has the difficult task of forging his own identity, which is how the plot will lead to the exploration of their shared interests.
As revealed by IGN this Monday, the matter will unfold as follows: in the previous numbers, Jon met a young man named Jay Nakamura and they quickly became friends.. The closeness is such that Jay not only went looking for Jon when he was imprisoned, but also met Clark and Lois as a result of the whole situation.
Then, Superman: Son of Kal-El #5 will expose Jon and Jay are not just friends with a panel where they both kiss, marking the beginning of a relationship that will mark as canon the fact that DC Comics’ new Superman is bisexual.
For Tom Taylor, this is a definitely important gesture for representation: “Over the years in this industry, you probably won’t be surprised to learn that I’ve been rejected by queer characters and stories. I felt like I was disappointing the people I loved every time. that this happened “.
“But today we are in a very different and much more welcoming place than it was ten and even five years ago. When asked if I wanted to write a new Superman with a new # 1 for the DC Universe, I knew to replace Clark with another. Heterosexual white savior could be a real missed opportunity “.
“I’ve always said that everyone needs heroes and everyone deserves to see themselves in their heroes. Today, Superman, the strongest superhero on the planet, is presenting himself (as bisexual)”, he pointed out.
On the other hand, it was revealed that Jay Nakamura is an activist hacker and a huge fan of Lois Lane: He’s an effective journalist and Lois Lane is his hero. But Jay is also a refugee from Gamorra, so his experience mirrors Clark’s as well. While this has thankfully changed over the years, historically, Lois often He has played a damsel role. Jay Nakamura will never be that. He and Jon will tackle a lot of things side by side. “.
“The most important thing was to make Jay Nakamura formidable in his own right. Find the balance in their relationship so that they can be equals rather than Jay being overly dependent on Jon,” explained Taylor.
And added that “That’s why Jay’s own powers are revealed in issue # 4, and we learn that he can’t be hurt. That means, of everyone in Jon’s life, Jay is the only person Jon doesn’t need to protect. It means that their relationship is the same and is based on mutual support “.
Superman: Son of Kal-El #4 will be released this October 19, while Superman: Son of Kal-El #5, the reveal number, will be released on November 9.