New Superman Series Son of Kal-El and the Authority Will Take the Kryptonian Family Closer to Futue State
DC Comics announced several new Superman series, including Superman: Son of Kal-El, Superman and the Authority, and Supergirl: Woman of Tomorrow. Along with the continuing Action Comics, which is going in a new direction, Clark Kent’s corner of the DC looks like it will have a bit of an overhaul. Maybe we can call this Dawn of S? So, What do we have to look forward to?
Superman: Son of Kal-El Is the New Center of the Various Superman Series
I love the throwback cover. (Image: Superman: Son of Kal-El #1, DC Comics)
In DC Future State Week One, Superman put Metropolis in a jar. That Superman? Jonathan Kent, son of Clark Kent – also known as Kal-El – the star of the new series. In fact, the world Tom Taylor and the other Superman writers are building brings us dangerously close to Future State. In Infinite Horizon #0, the Spectre warned Diana that Jonathan must never become Superman. Well, it’s happening. As DC Comics describes in their announcement:
Jonathan Kent has experienced a lot in his young life. He’s fought evil with Robin (Damian Wayne), traveled across galaxies with his Kryptonian grandfather, and lived in the future with the Legion of Super-Heroes, who were intent on training him for the day his father could no longer be Superman. There is a hole in the Legion’s history that prevents Jon from knowing exactly when that will happen, but all signs point to it being very soon. It’s time for the son to wear the cape of his father and continue the never-ending battle as a symbol of hope for his home planet.
This new series is the beginning of the rise and fall and rise again of Jonathan Kent, son of Superman, regardless of which name you choose.
Supergirl Might Not Be the Son of Superman, But She’s the Star of a New Series Too
Next stop: ongoing series. (Image: Supergirl: Woman of Tomorrow #2, DC Comics)
First of all, some fightin’ words. Kara Zor-El is the best Super-pronoun, man, boy, girl, woman, nonbinary, transgender, etc. She is the best. And though she’s not getting a new series as big as Superman: Son of Kal El, she is getting the “all-star” treatment. That’s how writer Tom King describes Supergirl: Woman of Tomorrow. Also, the new series stars Krypto, Dog of Superman, so who needs the son anyway. Check out the description:
Supergirl, Krypto, and their new friend Ruthye find themselves stranded with no way to pursue Krem, the murderous kingsagent. Each moment this fugitive roams free, the more beings come dangerously close to dying by his hand. There is no time to lose, so our heroes must now travel across the universe the old-fashioned way…by cosmic bus! Little do they know their journey will be a dark one, filled with terrors that not even the Maid of Might is prepared to face!
Action Comics #1033 Brings More Crisis (No, Not that Kind of Crisis) and More Pages
Papa Kal looks angry. Did someone steal his Werther’s Originals? (Image: Action Comics #1033, DC Comics)
The one corner of the Superman world not getting a new series? The forever-running Action Comics. If you’re not too thrilled about the Son of Kal-El or don’t want to bother with a new series, Action Comics still stars the tried and true Superman. However, we have even more ties to Future State. So, if you enjoyed Superman: Worlds of War, this is where you want to go next. Per DC’s announcement:
Writer Phillip Kennedy Johnson and artist Daniel Sampere keep Superman on the front lines in his battle to aid a group of Warworld refugees in Action Comics #1033, on sale Tuesday, July 27. This issue takes the action to Atlantis and the Fortress of Solitude, where Warworld refugees have taken possession of dangerous Warworld tech, bringing it to Aquaman’s undersea kingdom and risking an all-out war that even Superman may not be able to prevent. Meanwhile, some of the escaped Warworld prisoners have found the Fortress of Solitude…and along with it, Lois Lane!
Oh, but that’s not all! One of the other great parts of Worlds of War? The Midnighter/Mister Miracle backup stories. So, of course, those are back!
And in this 40-page blockbuster’s second feature, Midnighter has gone deep into the Trojan compound and found a very unexpected guest whose path he crossed in Future State—none other than Shilo Norman, a.k.a. Mister Miracle!
Okay, now, the icing, sprinkles, and gooey center. The announcement that makes the new Superman series, Son or Girl or Papa, look amateur…
Grant Morrison Is Returning for the New Limited Series Superman and the Authority
Coming soon: Tom Cruise in Authority Report. (Image: Superman and the Authority #1, DC Comics)
You read that correctly. Grant Morrison, author of All-Star Superman and the New52 Action Comics. Also, the creator of The Authority. The series didn’t do well when it came out but is great in trade. They’re bringing the two words together for the new limited series, Superman and the Authority, no son needed. Because, when it comes to Warworld, there’s more happening than even Superman can handle:
If Superman is to get to the bottom of what’s happening on Warworld, he’s going to need help, the kind of help that doesn’t scream “Justice League.”
…this new team will be led by Manchester Black, and combine original members Midnighter and Apollo with new members Enchantress and Natasha Irons, as well as new versions of Lightray and O.M.A.C. This new team will have to learn to work together, and fast, as the Ultra-Humanite has formed his own team of villains to take out the Man of Steel.
So, which new series are you looking forward to most; Superman: Son of Kal-El, Supergirl: Woman of Tomorrow, Action Comics, or Superman and the Authority most? Actually, maybe I should ask, “Besides Superman and Grant Morrison, which series are you looking forward to the most?”
(Featured Image: Superman: Son of Kal-El #1 Variant, DC Comics)
Roman Colombo finished his MFA in 2010 and now teaches writing and graphic novel literature at various Philadelphia colleges. His first novel, Trading Saints for Sinners, was published in 2014. He's currently working on his next novel and hoping to find an agent soon.