"Superman: Son of Kal-El" no. 5 Variant Cover by Travis Moore and Tamra Bonvillai. Photo courtesy of DC Comics

Jon Kent, DC’s new Superman, comes out as queer

Jon Kent finds his identity in "Superman: Son of Kal-El" no. 5.

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On Nov. 9 the life of Jon Kent, the Superman of Earth and son of Clark Kent and Lois Lane, takes a bold new direction.

“I’ve always said everyone needs heroes and everyone deserves to see themselves in their heroes and I’m very grateful DC and Warner Bros. share this idea,” said writer Tom Taylor. “Superman’s symbol has always stood for hope, for truth and for justice. Today, that symbol represents something more. Today, more people can see themselves in the most powerful superhero in comics.”

Just like his father before him, Jon Kent has fallen for a reporter. After initially striking up a friendship with reporter Jay Nakamura, he and Jon become romantically involved in the pages of “Superman: Son of Kal-El” no. 5 from writer Tom Taylor (“Dark Knights of Steel”) and artist John Timms (“Harley Quinn”). Following a scene where Superman mentally and physically burns out from trying to save everyone that he can, Jay is there to care for the Man of Steel.

“I’m incredibly honored to be working beside Tom on the “Superman: Son of Kal-El” series showing Jon Kent tackling his complex modern life, while also saving the world from its greatest threats, villains and menaces,” said artist John Timms.

“We couldn’t be prouder to tell this important story from Tom Taylor and John Timms,” said DC Chief Creative Officer and Publisher Jim Lee. “We talk a lot about the power of the DC Multiverse in our storytelling and this is another incredible example. We can have Jon Kent exploring his identity in the comics as well as Jon Kent learning the secrets of his family on TV on Superman & Lois. They coexist in their own worlds and times, and our fans get to enjoy both simultaneously.”

“Superman: Son of Kal-El” takes place in the main continuity of the DC Multiverse. For more information on the Multiverse, visit dccomics.com.

Jon Kent and Jay Nakamura share an intimate moment. Photo courtesy of DC Comics

“Superman: Son of Kal-El” #5 features a main cover (left) and inks by Timms, colors by Gabe Eltaeb (“Justice League”) and lettering by Dave Sharpe (“Batgirl”). Variant covers were created by Travis Moore (“Nightwing”) and Tamra Bonvillain (“Wonder Woman”) and Inhyuk Lee (“Batgirls”).

Faster than fate. As powerful as hope. Able to lift us all. For all his great power, Jon Kent can’t save everyone, but that won’t stop him from trying. How much can Earth’s new Superman do before this Man of Steel buckles? And when he does, who swoops in to save Superman?

“Superman: Son of Kal-El” issues 1-3 are available now at participating digital retailers and comic book shops. “Superman: Son of Kal-El” issues 4 and 5 will be available on Tuesday, Oct. 19 and Tuesday, November 9, respectively. Fans of Clark Kent can continue to follow his adventures in “The Warworld Saga” in “Action Comics” no. 1036 available in comic book stores on Tuesday, Oct. 26.

Lois Lane

Lois Lane is a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter at the Daily Planet. The daughter of General Sam Lane, she grew up learning hand-to-hand combat and survival techniques. After being hired by Perry White at the Daily Planet, Lois coined the name "Superman" and, because of incisive reporting on the Super Hero's incredible adventures, her career is forever linked to the Man of Steel. She remains one of Superman's strongest allies.

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