Well sweet mother of pearl, first Robin and now Superman!!! Happy National Coming Out Day/week, Jon Kent (the son of Superman & Lois Lane) is set to come out as bisexual in an upcoming comic this November. And, just like his father, he is going to fall for a reporter.
Superman, Super Queer?
Superman: Son of Kal-El explores the stories of the next generation of Supers. While Kal-El is off-world helping other civilizations, his son Jon takes up the mantel and discovers the enormous weight that comes with bearing the “S”. At the tender age of 17 Jon figuratively and sometimes literally holds the world on his shoulders. And much like us in the pandemic, finds himself experiencing burnout of colossal proportions as he tries to save everyone and do his father proud.
Luckily for Jon he has a friend in Jay Nakamura who helps him navigate his experiences and feelings. Jay is a reporter who idolizes Lois Lane, see where this is going? Like father like son? Falling for a reporter, eh eh 🙂 The story is by Tom Taylor and amazing art by John Timms.
“Over the years in this industry, it probably won’t surprise you to hear I’ve had queer characters and storylines rejected. I felt like I was letting down people I loved every time this happened,” Taylor told IGN. “But we are in a very different and much more welcome place today than we were ten, or even five years ago. When I was asked if I wanted to write a new Superman with a new #1 for the DC Universe, I knew replacing Clark with another straight white savior could be a real opportunity missed. I’ve always said everyone needs heroes and everyone deserves to see themselves in their heroes. Today, Superman, the strongest superhero on the planet, is coming out.”
To the Future
We must hand it to DC for their growing queer representation. Wonder Woman, Harley Quinn, Catwoman, all BI! Poison Ivy? Lesbian! And now we receive some much-needed Bi male representation in second-generation Robin and Superman. We just need Wonder Woman’s student Wonder Girl to make an announcement.
Come on Marvel, you need to step up your game on the representation front. You may have the market cornered on movies and tv but you’re falling behind in actual representation and that becomes more important every day. Thank you DC, not only are we here for it but we’re totally queer for it!