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DC Claims Unprecedented Orders on Coming Out Issue, Sends #1-4 Back to Print

With “unprecedented” orders for Superman: Son of Kal-El #5 rolling in, DC is sending the title’s first four issues back to print.

Amid unprecedented orders for Superman: Son of Kal-El #5, DC Comics has announced that it will be reprinting the title’s first four issues in November.

Earlier this month, DC Comics revealed that Superman’s son, Jon Kent, will be coming out as bisexual in Superman: Son of Kal-El #5. The news made headlines around the world and inspired what DC calls “unprecedented orders” for the issue. The sales have even surpassed the previously reported 68,000 copies that Superman: Son of Kal-El #1 sold upon its launch in July. To support the renewed interest in the title, DC will now be rushing new printings of the first four issues of the series.

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Superman: Son of Kal-El is written by Tom Taylor, illustrated by John Timms, colored by Hi-Fi and lettered by Dave Sharpe. The series follows the young Jon Kent as he steps up to be the Earth’s champion while his father is off-world. In the title’s fifth issue, Jon will begin to explore his budding relationship with reporter Jay Nakamura. In addition to a main cover by Timms, the issue will feature two variants, one by Travis Moore and Tamra Bonvillain and one by InHyuk Lee. All of these covers will feature the “DC Pride” logo on the cover, as well the reprints for the first four issues.

In the wake of this reveal, Taylor has made multiple media appearances talking about the process that inspired the creative team to explore Jon’s sexuality. Taylor commented that it would be a missed opportunity to make Jon a carbon-copy of his dad. In his own words, Taylor explained “I’ve always said everyone needs heroes and everyone deserves to see themselves in their heroes. Today, Superman, the strongest superhero on the planet, is coming out.”

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At DC FanDome, DC Chief Creative Officer/Publisher Jim Lee announced that the publisher will be updating Superman’s motto, stating that it was being done to “better reflect the storylines that we’re telling across DC, and to honor Superman’s incredible legacy of over 80 years of building a better world.” This update, like Jon’s exploration of his sexuality, has inspired a fair share of controversy. However, if the increased sales on Superman: Son of Kal-El are anything to go by, Jon Kent has a lot of support in his quest for “Truth, Justice and a Better Tomorrow.”

Jay Nakamura and Jon Kent on the cover of Superman Son of Kal El 5 by John Timms

Jay Nakamura and Jon Kent on the cover of Superman Son of Kal El 5 by Travis Moore and Tamra Bonvillain

Jay Nakamura and Jon Kent on the cover of Superman Son of Kal El 5 by Inhyuk Lee

Jay Nakamura and Jon Kent kissing in interior art from Superman Son of Kal El 5 by John Timms and Hi Fi


  • Written by TOM TAYLOR
  • Art by JOHN TIMMS and HI-FI
  • $3.99 US | 32 PAGES
  • 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 #5 will be available on Tuesday, Nov. 16. The reprinted editions of Superman: Son of Kal-El #1-4 will be available one week later, on Tuesday, Nov. 23.

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Source: DC Comics

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