ComicsAlliance’s Official ‘Superman Reborn’ Betting Odds

  
Patrick Zircher, Arif Prianto  Rob Leigh / DC Comics
Patrick Zircher, Arif Prianto Rob Leigh / DC Comics

 

So here’s the short version if you haven’t been keeping up: As The New 52 era came to a close and DC Rebirth began, the version of Superman that we’d been following for the past 5 years was apparently killed, leaving a void that would be filled by his predecessor from the previous DC continuity. See, the pre-52 Superman — you know, the one who come to Earth from Krypton in John Byrne’Man of Steel and fought Doomsday back in 1994 — managed to survive the destruction of his universe due to the events of Convergence, spending a year in the Bottle City of Metropolis, having a kid with Lois Lane, and then somehow winding up in the current DC Continuity where he lived a quiet life on a farm until he was needed.

If it sounds complicated, that’s because it is, but that also makes it one of the most compelling mysteries in superhero comics right now. And there’s one additional wrench in the works: Clark Kent, a mild mannered reporter for a great metropolitan newspaper who exists completely separately from Superman. Now, as “Superman Reborn” is set to kick off in this week’s Superman #18, we’re about to get the answer to one of DC’s most compelling questions: Who the heck is Clark Kent?!

So let’s run down the candidates with a bit of information sent over by DC:

 

Who Is Clark Kent, DC Comics
Exclusive back-matter from Superman #18, DC Comics

 

So here, as is tradition at ComicsAlliance, are your Official Betting Odds for the big reveal:

  • Bizarro – You’d think an imperfect duplicate of Superman would have a pretty easy time acting as a duplicate of Clark Kent, but the keyword here is “Duplicate.” Since he hasn’t been literally thrown out of the Planet by an irate Perry White, it’s safe to say that “Clark” hasn’t shown Bizarro’s traditionally poor grasp of grammar and verb conjugation. Still, it might am be elaborate hoax that everyone expect. 10 to 1 
  • New 52 Superman – Remember when I said Superman apparently died? Well, we didn’t actually see it, and you know the rule about that. Casual Fridays Superman ended up being a solid take on the character, and since he spent so much time without his powers (and switching secret identities) in his five-year run, being a Secret Clark wouldn’t be out of character for him at all. 4 to 1
  • Mr. Mxyzptlk – The reality warping imp from the Fifth Dimension has gone to some pretty extreme lengths in the past to prank Superman — and occasionally to try to destroy him and everything he loves — and this wouldn’t be the first time we’ve seen him disguise himself as Clark Kent and/or Superman for laughs. The thing is, after the battle against Vyndktvx, the 5th Dimension hasn’t been featured in a whole lot of stories, and bringing back Superman’s goofiest enemy for such a big reveal seems pretty unlikely. 12 to 1
  • The Eradicator – You know what’s been coming back from the ’90s in the Superman books? Everything! Doomsday! Post-Crisis Superman! Dan Jugerns! It’s a full-on invasion from the Death of Superman saga, and since the Eradicator fooled everyone before, it makes a lot of sense that he’d be able to fool them again. 3 to 1
  • Martian Manhunter – Shapeshifting, telepathy, and he hasn’t been seen much since the end of his last solo series — which, I remind you, was all about how he got his powers with Dark Martian Blood Magic. Compared to that, spending a year as Clark Kent seems pretty tame. 8 to 1
  • Magog – I hadn’t even considered this until DC brought it up, but y’all. For real. They love referencing Kingdom Come so much5 to 1
  • Superboy Prime – He’s not listed on the official list of candidates, but that doesn’t mean that they’re not just trying to swerve us with the big reveal. As you might remember, Superboy Prime was a huge villain in the previous version of the DC Universe, and hasn’t been seen for a while — and if they prison they locked him up in doesn’t exist anymore, who’s to say he’s not out there running free? Considering he looks just like Superman, is literally named Clark Kent, has an uncanny ability to survive reboots and is often motivated by what he sees as “fixing” complicated continuity, he’s not just a good candidate, he’s actually the most likely candidate2 to 1

The truth is, we here at ComicsAlliance actually know who it is already, but we’re not saying just yet. So place your bets, catch the start of “Superman Reborn,” and find out for sure right here at ComicsAlliance in the coming weeks!

 

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