The announcement, which fell on October 11, 2021, did not take long to go around the web. In volume 5 of Superman: Son of Kal-El, the most recent comic book series dedicated to him, the main character discovers his bisexuality and falls in love with a man. The DC Comics company thus blows a wind of modernity on the history of its most famous superhero, created in 1938.

Indeed, the comic narrates the life of Jon Kent, son of Clark Kent and his wife, journalist Lois Lane. From now on, it is Jon who sees himself donning the red cape, charged with the heavy mission of saving the planet from many threats. However, the Man of Steel does not take long to collapse under the pressure of his responsibilities and experiences a burnout that is difficult to accept, both physically and mentally. It is at this moment, in volume 5, that Jay intervenes, his reporter friend, who supports the hero in this difficult phase. Little by little, romantic feelings are born between the two men, a great first for the character of Superman.

“I’ve always said that we all need heroes, and that everyone deserves to recognize themselves in them,” said Tom Taylor, author of the screenplay, in a statement. Superman has always stood for hope, truth, and justice. Today this symbol represents something more. Today more people identify with the most powerful superhero in comics. ”

For the American author, it was essential that the new Superman go through “a complex modern life, while saving the world from enormous threats, villains and dangers.”

The drawings, signed John Timms, revealing the romance of John and Jay, were widely shared on social networks.

Questions from real life

“We would have missed a great opportunity by replacing Clark Kent with another straight and white savior,” adds Tom Taylor, according to the New York Times. The new Superman had to have new battles, real life issues, which he could face as one of the most powerful people in the world. “

As the New York newspaper points out, this flagship DC character is not the first bisexual or homosexual superhero to land in a comic book. Now this coming out represents an important moment for the world of comics, knowing that Superman represents the American hero par excellence.

The new books in the series, which began in July 2021, will be available in the United States on October 19 and November 9, 2021.

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