Until this year, though, every comic iteration of Superman has been besotted with longtime love Lois Lane. But in an upcoming issue of a new “Superman” series, the Man of Steel enters into a queer relationship — a first for the character, who’s been around for more than 80 years.
The “Superman: Son of Kal-El” series follows Kent as he becomes Earth’s new Superman and grapples with the immense weight of his new gig. Nakamura, a bespectacled writer with a bubble-gum pink mop, first appeared in the series’ third issue as a shoulder for Kent to lean on when the business of being Superman gets too rough.
But in the forthcoming fifth issue, coming next month, Kent falls for the journalist — he is his father’s son — after he “mentally and physically burns out from trying to save everyone that he can,” according to DC.
The particulars of the issue’s plot are to be revealed in November, but images from the comic show Kent and Nakamura sharing a kiss and sitting together atop a building, their legs dangling off the edge.
Series writer Tom Taylor said the evolution of this new Superman is keeping with the values the character has always represented — and, importantly, reflects the experiences of many comic fans.
“Superman’s symbol has always stood for hope, for truth and for justice,” Taylor said in a statement. “Today, that symbol represents something more. Today, more people can see themselves in the most powerful superhero in comics.”
Still, Weldon said, a bisexual Superman and queer Robin are worth celebrating — they’re not a one-dimensional villain or side character who’s quickly killed off, but the “heroes of their own stories.”
Fans can read more about Kent’s burgeoning romance when the fifth issue of “Superman: Son of Kal-El” is released on November 9.