Warning! Spoilers ahead for Superman: Son of Kal-El #1
DC’s new Superman: Son of Kal-El has been released, and the next Superman makes a point in sharing that he’s the product of not one, but two DC heroes. In the first issue, a flashback reveals the day Jon Kent was born in the Fortress of Solitude, while several members of the Justice League stood guard and protected the Earth. However, Jon is intentional, putting a spotlight on his mother Lois Lane, whom he rightly considers to be a hero of the DC Universe just as much as Batman, Wonder Woman, or even his father Clark Kent.
In Superman: Son of Kal-El #1 from writer Tom Taylor and artist John Timms, it’s quickly revealed how much hope and expectation there was for who Jon would become. Wonder Woman in particular shared right before Lois and Clark gave birth Jon that he could be “the greatest hero the world has ever seen.” While Lois was of the mind that she didn’t want to put unfair expectations on Jon before he was even born, it’s difficult when one’s parents are two of the biggest heroes in the DC Universe.
Likewise, Jon comments during his narration of the flashback that four heroes were there for his birth, which was “a bit to live up to.” However, Lois’ inclusion amongst DC’s Trinity (Batman was standing guard outside the Fortress) is massively important. While the title of this new series may be Son of Kal-El, it’s just as significant that Jon is the son of Lois Lane as well. Wonder Woman herself notes the attributes Jon will have thanks to his mother, and Jon’s best friend Damian Wayne seems to also agree with that importance in the present DC era when Jon comes to him for advice.
While the original Superman has always stood for truth, justice, and the American Way, it seems as though Jon Kent will be taking that even more to heart thanks to his mom and her values, having spent her life in service to exposing and making the truth known. Jon got his impressive powers from his dad, which allows him to eventually take on his mantle and become the next Superman for a new era. However, it seems as though how he uses said powers will be heavily influenced by his mom, making him the perfect hybrid of his equally incredible and heroic parents.
Given this precedent set in the first issue, it’s going to be interesting to see the ways in which Jon’s Superman will be different from Clark’s. Naturally, Robin’s encouragement at the issue’s end is for Jon to be more proactive as Superman, using his abilities to stop “fighting the symptoms” and instead operate as the cure, an ideal that certainly meshes well with the proactive nature of Lois Lane herself. While this could lead to issues of restraint and too much power being wielded, fans will have to wait to see what’s in store for the new Superman as the series continues.