NEW YORK: Superman fell for a reporter and now his son is doing the identical, though this time the superhero’s love curiosity is a person referred to as Jay.
DC Comics introduced on Monday that the brand new Superman, who’s the son of Clark Kent and Lois Lane, can have a romantic relationship with a male good friend.
Jon Kent and budding journalist Jay Nakamura struck up a friendship in a narrative launched in August. They are going to share a kiss in a comic book to be revealed subsequent month, the writer stated, describing Kent as “bisexual.”
“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,” DC Comics stated.
The storyline will characteristic in “Son of Kal-El” challenge 5, attributable to hit cabinets on November 9, the writer stated in a press launch headlined “Jon Kent finds his identity.”
“Today, more people can see themselves in the most powerful superhero in comics,” stated Tom Taylor, who writes the sequence.
Followers took to social media to precise their pleasure on the growth.
“This news about Superman makes my queer heart glad, knowing the positive impact it will have on so many young folks today & in the future,” tweeted actor Anthony Rapp.
The approaching out of America’s most well-known superhero comes as extra comedian books embrace variety.
In March, Marvel Comics introduced its first homosexual Captain America and “Aquaman” launched a Black, homosexual superhero earlier this summer season.
The most recent Robin within the Batman comics got here out as bisexual in August.
Whereas the brand new Superman will not be the primary LGBTQ comedian e book character, he’s arguably probably the most recognizable.
“Nowadays, we live in a less closeted age. That’s an absolute good,” stated Ben Saunders, director of comics and cartoon research on the College of Oregon.
“One consequence might be that the mainstream culture has caught on to what some people have known all along: superheroes have always been, at least potentially, a bit queer,” he informed AFP.
DC Comics made the announcement on Nationwide Coming Out Day. US President Joe Biden launched a press release saying his administration was “committed” to preventing for LGBTQ rights.
Within the “Son of Kal-El” sequence the brand new Superman has already been proving himself a special kind of superhero to his father.
He has been preventing a lot of social justice points, together with tackling wildfires sparked by local weather change and protesting the deportation of refugees