In Superman: Son of Kal-El, DC’s new Superman friend reveals his powers, and it’s a secret that will improve Lois and Clark’s dynamism
WARNING: The following contains spoilers for Superman: Son of Kal-El # 4, which is now available from DC Comics.
Not long after Jon Kent officially became DC’s new Superman, DC announced that he was going out with his new boyfriend, Jay Nakamura. Though they haven’t officially got together yet, Superman: son of Kal-El A lot has been laid for this moment. After meeting his parents at Kent Farm in Smallville, Jay reveals a secret power to the new Superman that will drastically change their relationship from here.
In “Proportional Response” by Tom Taylor, Gabe Eltaeb, Hi-Fi, Dave Sharpe and Daniele Di Nicuolo, Henry Bendix, the villainous president of Gamorra, drops the post man named Faultline from a plane on the Kent farm him to blow it up. It’s basically a falling earthquake, but Jon moves quickly on impact to save Jay and his grandparents, only to learn that Jay can take care of himself.
Jon saves his family and meets Jay outside, who admits he is a post-human that Gamorra has experimented on. Suicide squad veterans Aerie and Wink join the conversation, confirming that Bendix has many similar experiments. They were tortured, used as guinea pigs, and some even died as laboratory rats. Jay is now obsessed with Bendix and Gamorra and is using his media presence as truth to spread this about refugees, but Aerie and Wink admit they may need stronger action.
Knowing that serious action beyond sanctioned diplomacy is required, Jon confronts Bendix, but it’s worth noting how this revelation will affect him and Jay. It won’t be like the Lois Lane-Superman relationship, where the Man of Steel constantly had to save her from villains like Lex Luthor. In Jay’s case, he can handle his own and literally slips into trouble.
However, this can pose a risk, and it is not clear what side effects he could experience. Jay’s body may still be changing and negative reactions could occur as he continues his mission, or even with Jon. Bendix can also find vulnerabilities in the lab that he can exploit against the hacktivist so that Jay’s greatest strength could become his greatest weakness.
For now, Jay can hold his own, and we wonder if he has any more secrets. Time will tell, but that improves the momentum for the couple as the two of them can relate even more to each other. It will help build their bond and that way they can provide a super shoulder to lean on during difficult times.
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