Jon Kent Comes Out as Bisexual in “Superman: Son of Kal-El #5”

Jon Kent Finds His Identity in “Superman: Son of Kal-El #5”

Earth’s New Superman Comes out as Bisexual

Available at Comic Book Shops on November 9

On November 9th the life of Jon Kent, the Superman of Earth and son of Clark Kent and Lois Lane, takes a bold new direction.

“I’ve always said everyone needs heroes and everyone deserves to see themselves in their heroes and I’m very grateful DC and Warner Bros. share this idea,” said writer Tom Taylor. “Superman’s symbol has always stood for hope, for truth and for justice. Today, that symbol represents something more. Today, more people can see themselves in the most powerful superhero in comics.”

Just like his father before him, Jon Kent has fallen for a reporter. After initially striking up a friendship with reporter Jay Nakamura, he and Jon become romantically involved in the pages of SUPERMAN: SON OF KAL-EL #5 from writer Tom Taylor (DARK KNIGHTS OF STEEL) and artist John Timms (HARLEY QUINN). 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.

“I’m incredibly honored to be working beside Tom on the SUPERMAN: SON OF KAL-EL series showing Jon Kent tackling his complex modern life, while also saving the world from its greatest threats, villains and menaces,” said artist John Timms.

“We couldn’t be prouder to tell this important story from Tom Taylor and John Timms,” said DC Chief Creative Officer and Publisher Jim Lee. “We talk a lot about the power of the DC Multiverse in our storytelling and this is another incredible example. We can have Jon Kent exploring his identity in the comics as well as Jon Kent learning the secrets of his family on TV on Superman & Lois. They coexist in their own worlds and times, and our fans get to enjoy both simultaneously.”

SUPERMAN: SON OF KAL-EL takes place in the main continuity of the DC Multiverse.

SUPERMAN: SON OF KAL-EL #5 features a main cover (left) and inks by Timms, colors by Gabe Eltaeb (JUSTICE LEAGUE) and lettering by Dave Sharpe (BATGIRL). Variant covers were created by (center) Travis Moore (NIGHTWING) and Tamra Bonvillain (WONDER WOMAN) and Inhyuk Lee (right) (BATGIRLS).

Faster than fate. As powerful as hope. Able to lift us all. For all his great power, Jon Kent can’t save everyone, but that won’t stop him from trying. How much can Earth’s new Superman do before this Man of Steel buckles? And when he does, who swoops in to save Superman?

SUPERMAN: SON OF KAL-EL #1-3 are available now at participating digital retailers and comic book shops. SUPERMAN: SON OF KAL-EL #4 and #5 will be available on Tuesday, October 19 and Tuesday, November 9, respectively. Fans of Clark Kent can continue to follow his adventures in THE WARWORLD SAGA in ACTION COMICS #1036 available in comic book stores on Tuesday, October 26.

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Mighty Rao
October 11, 2021 11:17 pm

I hope all of these comments don’t get deleted. It’s important for us to voice our opinions.

Mighty Rao
October 11, 2021 11:19 pm
Reply to  Mighty Rao

Btw, will this storyline be reflected in the TV show?

neal bailey
October 12, 2021 8:09 pm
Reply to  Mighty Rao

No. It’s not important to voice homophobia. And I am deleting and banning those who have. We don’t encourage that here.

Knock it off or be kicked.


Last edited 1 year ago by Neal Bailey
October 12, 2021 8:08 am

I don’t have a problem with a little representation.
I can sympathize with frustration over the JJ Abrams movie having Clark race swapped (something I called as soon as I heard the writer was Ta-Nehisi Coates).
I like the Michael B Jordan project more, but I digress. All I can say is be patient and see how things work out. They are not doing away with Clark Kent, just exploring options.

October 12, 2021 4:02 pm

I comment incredibly infrequently, but I had to say that it’s disappointing (but sadly, not too surprising) to see numerous bigoted comments over this turn of events. To those who are whining about Superman’s son being bi, if any of you people have kids who turn out to be bi or gay or trans or whatever, I feel really bad for those kids.

neal bailey
October 12, 2021 8:11 pm
Reply to  rocketdave

I agree. But rest assured, it won’t stand. I am banning and blocking the people who engaged in this behavior, and it is not welcome here.

I am truly sorry anyone had to experience it.

Last edited 1 year ago by Neal Bailey
October 12, 2021 8:38 pm

I think this is great and it’s sad that some so-called Superman fans have completely lost the plot, and responded in a very un-Superman like way to this news.

Last edited 1 year ago by Superman2007
neal bailey
October 12, 2021 9:20 pm
Reply to  Superman2007

I agree.

On the plus side, I take great pleasure in banning bigots, and they won’t be around any more, so there’s a couple silver linings. They can shout to the wind, and we can enjoy a world where two people in love is a beautiful thing in story, not a target for sad, sorry people who desperately need something to hate.


October 13, 2021 2:58 am

@ Steve Yonis, Neal Bailey and DC Comics: In educating your members, why not start out by actually living up to the same high standards you are calling them to uphold? You know, the truth part in “Truth, Justice and the American way”? Something along the line of “Dear LGBT community. We’re sorry that a company like DC Comics sees you as nothing more than a brand, a label to place on a product when sales are failing. We apologize that your safe space, and day, was hijacked by a company looking to make a profit using your way of… Read more »

neal bailey
October 13, 2021 11:51 am
Reply to  TheWholeTruth

I would absolutely “educate” our readers, if any of that unmitigated crap were true. It’s not. It’s all hot bigoted garbage. As someone who no doubt sees far more fan reactions that “TheWholeTruth” does on a regular basis, I can assure you that the LGBTQ community I’ve encountered is seeing this as a positive move toward representation, while the people who are toeing the line of “This is exploitation!” are, ironically, the very people who have exploited the media with their representation the most over the last eighty years. The people who are being fooled here are bigots who think… Read more »

October 13, 2021 1:48 pm
Reply to  neal bailey

I’ve been coming to the superman homepage for over 20 years. Never posted once. Content to just enjoy the great content provided. And I want to start off this post by saying that I wholeheartedly support DC in this character development with Jon. However, there are some severely troubling things I’m seeing on this site, that compelled me to post. First off, I missed most of the posts that were deleted in this and the other related article. But, if the response to thewholetruth is indicative, than there is a serious problem. I don’t agree with the general tone of… Read more »

neal bailey
October 13, 2021 2:02 pm
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This isn’t a freedom of speech issue, as you yourself noted. This is a private site. And the comment is still up, note. No censorship has occured. The comments you didn’t see were vile, but if you’re that curious to encounter homophobia, I’ll gladly share them, and my rationale, if you send me a private email. This isn’t a slippery slope issue. Note the aptly named “Slippery Slope” Fallacy for reasons why, if you’re so inclined. We will not suddenly start banning reasonable people. We never have. If your objection is that I was blunt and direct, well, tough. I’ve… Read more »

Last edited 1 year ago by Neal Bailey
October 13, 2021 5:13 pm
Reply to  neal bailey

Neal Bailey, again, I sincerely thank you. It gets exhausting having your sexual orientation being considered “political” or an “agenda” when you are just trying to live your life, When I read that Jon was Bi I was both happy and disturbed because I knew the type of comments I would encounter across the internet. The difference between how I felt yesterday (reading original comments) and today is night and day. I know it is tough to alienate some of your audience but it is greatly appreciated.

neal bailey
October 13, 2021 5:28 pm
Reply to  Loganswalk

Honestly, it’s tougher to continue to have them as readers. The bigoted or homophobic types are never happy, they hate everything, and they get worse by the year as their cause grows less and less relevant. It was never valid, but it was validated, and even that’s going away for them, so they rage against the dying of their stupid light, but it is going out. I’ve learned a lot in the last day, seeing their reactions. In one day, just one day, of dealing with the hate and rage and vitriol and anger toward the idea of a FICTIONAL… Read more »