WASHINGTON EXAMINER - Julia Johnson - OCT 12, 2022
People aren't buying Superman's new sexuality — literally.
After experiencing low sales, Superman: Son of Kal-El is being canceled by DC Comics.
The announcement was made over the weekend during New York Comic Con. According to DC, the 18th issue will be the series's last. The comic book company told the Washington Examiner that this is not a cancellation, however. "The Superman: Son of Kal-El series was not canceled. Historically, there have been multiple titles that feature Superman, including Action Comics, Superman and Adventure Comics. It was always our plan to have Clark Kent return to the main Superman title and Jon Kent’s story is continuing in Adventures of Superman: Jon Kent," said a representative from DC.
"Superman: Son of Kal-El will end with issue #18, but fans of Jon Kent do not need to worry! Writer Tom Taylor and artist Clayton Henry will be telling new Jon Kent stories in Adventures of Superman: Jon Kent," said the company in a press release.
“I couldn't be more excited for Jon Kent to headline the iconic Adventures of Superman,” said Taylor. “It’s a real testament to the fantastic response of fans to Jon as Superman. This series is going to be one of the most action-packed books I’ve ever written and Jon is going to be tested more than ever before. While we can tell you the Superman of Earth-2, Val-Zod, and Jon’s nemesis, Ultraman, will be key characters in the early part of Adventures of Superman, what we’re going to reveal at the end of issue #2 will have everyone talking and issue #3 launches us in a direction that no one will see coming.”
Last year, DC announced that Superman Jon Kent would come out as bisexual, and issues of the comic even featured a male love interest. One illustration showed the two characters engaged in a passionate kiss.
The comic did not crack the top 50 comic books by units sold in December 2021, indicating less-than-satisfactory sales. At the time, the series was only five issues in.
In August 2022, the comic was similarly not present in the top 50.
The series also depicted the superhero as a climate change activist, with an illustration of Kent protesting and holding a sign that reads "School Strike for Climate."
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