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It’s not easy being the son of a legendary superhero, but Jon Kent is stepping into his own spotlight. Although you might not be as familiar with Superman’s son (not to be confused with Superboy), Kent was originally created by Dan Jurgens for the “Convergence: Superman” series. Earlier this month, DC Comics announced that Kent will come out as bisexual in “Superman: Son of Kal-El #5.” In the comic, slated for release on November 9, the young Kryptonian finds his identity and falls for a reporter (like father, like son).
“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.”
For those who want to learn more about the young superhero, we rounded up some of the Jon Kent comics that are worth reading. Want more reading recommendations? Check out our list of vintage comic books to add to your collection.
If you’re going to read up on him, you might as well start at the beginning. Jon makes his debut in the 2015 comic “Convergence: Superman #2,” by Dan Jurgens and Lee Weeks. In the story, Flashpoint Kal-El kidnaps Lois (while she’s in labor). The Man of Steel must get to his wife in time unless he wants Flashpoint Batman to deliver his only child.
Another collaboration between Jurgens and Weeks, “Superman: Lois and Clark” is the prelude to the DC Universe Rebirth. The story picks up after the Flashpoint that wiped away their reality and replaced it with dozens of new worlds that make up the Multiverse. Clark Kent, Lois, and their young son have been transported to another Earth, similar to the one they left behind, but also vastly different. This world has its own heroes and familiar faces — including its own Lois and Clark, and Superman. Lois and Clark are on the brink of having their secrets exposed, while their son gets caught in the crossfire, but can two Men of Steel exist in the same space? Read the comic to find out.
“Superman Vol 2: Trials of the Super Son” offers readers multiple stories about the Clark family. From their trips to Dinosaur Island to a chance encounter with Frankenstein, and a face-off against Batman and Robin, this book is packed with exciting adventures.
“Superman Vol. 5, The House of Kent” is the final installment to an action-packed collection from Bendis and Romita Jr. In the story, Superman, Superboy, Supergirl, the Legion of Super-Heroes’ Brainiac 5, and Young Justice’s Conner Kent unite to take down an interdimensional villain unleashed by the Invisible Mafia.
Kent makes his first appearance as Superman in “Superman Son of Kal-El, Vol. 1.” This comic is a good way to catch up on Jon’s story before “Superman Son of Kal-El Vol. 5” comes out. Taylor and illustrator John Timms usher in a new era as Kent begins his journey as the new Man of Steel. Due to popular demand, every single “Superman Son of Kal-El” comic is being reprinted for release on November 23, and will now feature a DC Pride Logo on the cover. The comic above is available on eBay but you can also find it on Amazon.