DC Comics has released a new preview for Superman: Son of Kal-El # 1, which sees Wonder Woman declaring how important the birth of Superman’s son is.
Warning: includes spoilers for Superman: Son of Kal-El # 1!
In a new preview of Superman: Son of Kal-El # 1, Wonder Woman reveals how important he thinks Jonathan Kent will be. The future ex-Superboy is undergoing an origin change when the new DC series hits store shelves. The series will pick up on Jonathan Kent’s comic origins, changing his birthplace from the Batcave to the Fortress of Solitude. Although in both iterations, the future Superman is born in the middle of an ongoing cosmic battle.
Throughout the beginning of the issue, Superman will fight in space alongside the Justice League with heavy hitters like Green Lantern and Martian Manhunter. The planetary invaders they fight are unimportant as, in this case, they only serve the purpose of distracting Superman from more pressing issues. Since the Man of Steel is the hero that he is, of course, he will want to stop any incoming threats. However, the Justice League realizes that they can hold off the invaders and are convinced that Superman needs to return to the Fortress of Solitude.
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On Superman: Son of Kal-El # 1 By Tom Taylor, John Timms and Gabe Eltaeb, Wonder Woman knows how important the birth of Jonathan is. The preview shows Wonder Woman acting as a midwife and moral support to Lois, whose husband is absent. It’s not that Superman is actively trying to miss the birth of his son, but rather that he can’t help but be a hero, perhaps excessively. Batman, who is with Wonder Woman, calls Superman to urgently return to the Fortress, even though the invasion continues. This is because Lois is giving birth or has given birth to her son, Jonathan Kent. It is unclear if Superman is missing his birth or arriving just in time.
Wonder Woman comments on how the birth of Superman and the son of Lois is the most important event to occur. She insists that the invasion has nothing to do with how important it is for Lois’ child labor to succeed. Wonder Woman even portends that she believes that he could be the greatest hero in the world. This has turned out to be true given that Jonathan will become the new Superman.
Taylor’s use of going back and exploring Jonathan’s birth will serve as a refresher to show readers how far he has come. It’s a smart, nostalgic narrative tactic that highlights how important Jonathan will be as Superman. He is replacing his father, who is the greatest hero in the universe, so he has a lot to fulfill. But Superman is confident that he can do this and that the time is right to begin a new era of Superman. Superman: Son of Kal-El # 1 Releases July 27.
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