Although Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment were diligent in developing stories contains some distinctly different incarnations of Superman, the continuous arc of comic book publisher “Wars Grow” is trying to get to the heart of the original Man of Steel at a time when he is questioning what kind of presence he wants to be in space.
During the panel “Truth, Justice and a Better DC Universe: A New Future for the Man of Steel” at this year’s virtual San Diego Comic-Con, DC Comics Editor-in-Chief Marie Javins spoke with Superman: Son of Kal-El writer Tom Taylor, Action Comics writer Phillip Kennedy Johnson, Superman and authority artist Mikel Janin and Superman and authority writer Grant Morrison on what the future holds for Clark Kent as he prepares to leave Earth. Although Clark wanted nothing more than to spend time with his family, Johnson explained that the events of the “Rising Wars” make it impossible for him to stay on Earth, because he knows that there are others in the galaxy who need him.
“In the World Arc events we’re showing now, we’re establishing Superman as part of the universe, you know, the multiverse,” Johnson said. “We are really trying to put ‘super’ in Superman to the greatest possible and epic measures. So, we present some aspects of Warworld that really highlight that, I think. Johnson teased that the new Mongol, who had gained control of Warworld, would mostly appear in “Warworld Rising” as a presence that encourages Superman to make a difficult decision to leave his adopted planet. Johnson also explained that his faith in his son Jonathan, as much as his decision to leave is difficult, it affects why he made it. “Not because he’s not because he won’t miss his son, because he’ll obviously be safe after the time lost with Jon,” Johnson explained. “But because of the trust he has in Jonah as the hero himself – the confidence he has in his character, his judgment, his power, his maturity and their use. He knows that the Earth will be safe in his absence. “
As the newly appointed Superman, Jonah is entitled to the protection of the Earth in his father’s absence, and although he is more than up to the job, the things he intends to accomplish are not quite the same as Clark’s. Taylor explained in detail how, in addition to fighting traditional villains, Jon’s upbringing in the Kent / Lane household instilled a deep sense of morality and justice that would shape the kind of hero he would become. “It’s easy enough to hit a space robot, but it’s harder to hit social inequality and the climate crisis, for example,” Taylor said. “It simply doesn’t work. So, it will be such questions that he will ask, and we will fill in a set of signs around him that will help him answer it. “
This new, today’s Jon will still be good friends with Damian Wayne, Taylor assured, but given Jon’s recent adventures traveling through time, the gap between Superson’s years will be reversed with Damian now 14 and Jon 17. Similar to his son, Clark will also team up with other heroes in Superman and authority, which Morrison compared to the kind of midlife crisis for a Kryptonian hero. In the first edition of the series, you see the historical moments from Superman’s past that everyone is talking about the different voices with which Clark was written throughout its history in DC comics.
But as the series progresses, Morrison elaborated, what Superman will struggle with is whether the person who is the present — the sum of all his previous selves — is what he actually wants to be. “So it’s about Superman who doesn’t have to be the way the world wants him to be anymore,” Morrison said. “Suddenly he looked at himself and thought, ‘It’s not that much,’ if I hadn’t achieved it, I had achieved it all.” But did I want that when I was 20? When I started watching my own son, did I want to? ‘”
Fitting into the general theme of the midlife crisis, Superman and authorityClark has been given a simplistic but nonetheless striking look that feels more part of the Government’s tendency to fight as opposed to big, magnificent fights. Although Clark’s new look has emotional significance and is something that other characters will notice on him, Janin admitted that the decision-making process that went into both costumes was fairly straightforward. “It was pretty easy because we had a display of the brand in a sporty look in the text, like something very modern,” Janin said. “So I took a picture of New 52 from the design of Grant and Rex Morales by that young Clark, and a bit of a classic Kingdom Come by Alexa Ross – the shield – and all that and putting it all together. “
Action Comics # 1033 Becky Cloonan, Michael Conrad, Phillip K. Johnson, Michael Avon Oeming, Daniel Sampere, Adriano Lucas and Taki Soma arrive in stores on July 27th. Superman: Son of Kal-El Tom Taylor and John Timms are also coming to stores on July 27th. Superman and authority Grant Morrison and Mikel Janin arrive in stores on August 17.
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