The Dark Secret of Superman & Wonder Woman’s Son Revealed

WARNING: This article contains SPOILERS for Justice League #27

Fans were shocked to meet the son of Wonder Woman and Superman, but the truth about Hunter Prince is even more unexpected – and tragic. Hunter is just one of several of the Justice League’s future children to have traveled back to the modern DCU, seeking their parents’ help in preventing their dark reality from coming true. For other heroes, it’s a glimpse into the happiness that’s coming to them and their family. But for Wonder Woman and Superman, Hunter is a sign of the mistakes and regrets they’re apparently headed for.

That’s actually more applicable to Diana than Clark Kent, now that Justice League #27 has exposed the truth of how Hunter came to call Wonder Woman and Superman his parents. Those who assumed that Superman and Wonder Woman were Hunter’s biological parents (as was heavily implied) are in for some good, or bad news. If the superhero romance was a match made in Heaven, the truth of Hunter’s childhood is a disappointment. But if fans disliked the idea… well, the truth isn’t going to be any better.

Needless to say, if you wish to avoid SPOILERS about the son of Superman and Wonder Woman, stop reading now.

The Dark Secret of Wonder Woman’s Son

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There’s no point in skirting the issue: Hunter is the biological son of Wonder Woman. The bad news is that not long after giving birth to one of the only Amazonian males (aside from Wonder Woman’s twin brother, at least), Diana apparently decided she wasn’t the right person to raise Hunter at all. It’s still a sore issue for him, considering the clear discomfort and aggression he shows being stuck in the same room with the mother he hasn’t seen in years. Making it all the more complicated is the fact that, even if Diana had a reason for giving Hunter up, she’s still more than two decades away from knowing what they are herself.

It’s an intriguing twist regardless of the character in question, leaving fans to wonder just how bad things would have to get for Diana to leave even her own child in the arms of another person. Hunter believes it’s his sex to blame, assuming that Diana would have embraced a daughter with as much love and affection as her own mother did for her. While a sound theory – given the assumptions and myths surrounding the all-female warriors – there’s clearly more to the story than that. Even if Diana was forced to deliver and raise Hunter off of Themyscira, the children reveal that they were left there when their parents went off to wage war against a future menace.

Left there by their parents for safety, but never to be retrieved. Well, the other heroes were deposited on Themyscira by their biological parents. Hunter didn’t have a mother to speak of… but he did have a father.

Superman Adopted Him as His Own

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It should come as no surprise to DC fans that with Diana seemingly giving Hunter up, it would be Superman who stepped in to fill the role of a supportive parent. We have to give the creative team of Bryan Hitch, Fernando Pasarin, and Oclair Albert credit for the misdirection in the previous issue – grouping Clark and Diana together opposite Hunter to let his appearance suggest shared parentage. In the end, he truly is the son of Wonder Woman and Superman, born of the first, and raised as the adopted son of the other. The idea that Hunter grew up with the currently-still-a-pre-teen Jon Kent as his ‘big brother’ should warm the heart of the Superman Family fans, but it’s the new meaning in Hunter’s clothing that seems most touching.

As was visible in the previous issue, Hunter sports a few visual signs of his mother’s legacy. There’s the golden eagle broach on his chest, her famous ‘tiara’ wrapped around his arm (she is the source of his strength), and a pair of Amazonian bracers. Which, depending on the version of DC mythology behind those signature cuffs, can speak volumes from a symbolic perspective (godly gifts, memory of past trauma, or controlled fury). When and why Hunter came into possession of those artifacts, or why he would choose to wear the symbols of his absent mother are questions we hope get answered.

But for our money, it’s the fact that Hunter chooses to wear Superman’s cape around his shoulders that shows Clark Kent left just as much of a mark. Diana’s bracers and Lasso of Truth serve a purpose… but to wrap himself in his father’s symbol is a choice, not necessity.

The Secrets Hunter is Still Keeping From Both…

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By issue’s end, it’s revealed that Hunter may have more than just unresolved mother issues putting him in a sour mood. As one of the leaders of this second-generation Justice League, Hunter reminds the children of happier parents that they’ve come on a mission, not a family reunion. Since it’s comic book we’re talking about here, and with the children describing a coming superhero/supervillain war, it’s a safe bet that this mission won’t be accomplished with just words. But if these children force their parents’ hand, they may be putting the future in jeopardy… which would include their own existence.

There may be more heartbreak on the way, especially given Hunter’s reminiscing about a childhood shared with Jonathan Kent and Damian Wayne. Reminiscing cut short, as he remembers that those days all took place “before…” – without revealing before what, exactly. Since Jonathan Kent and Damian Wayne are apparently absent from the future the children hail from, too many tragic theories are possible. Since Superman is also the Justice Leaguer with a non-superpowered wife, Lois Lane’s future and possible death is also up for grabs.

Hitch has left the door wide open for a coming twist, hopefully explaining the truth of Wonder Woman’s maternal enigma. Until we get the details from someone who wasn’t a baby at the time it took place, we’re giving her the benefit of the doubt.

NEXT: Meet The Rest of The Justice League’s Children

Justice League #27 is available now.

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From: http://screenrant.com/superman-wonder-woman-son-hunter-mother-father/

Super Seed: 15 Women Superman Knocked Up

In the 1950s, DC Comics pioneered what it called “Imaginary Stories.” These are stories that are not part of the overall general DC Comics continuity. Therefore, whatever the writers want to have happen can happen. As you might imagine, then, in the long-running Superman spinoff series, Superman’s Girl Friend, Lois Lane, the imaginary stories that they figured that kids wanted to read were stories where Lois and Superman finally end up together, get married and have kids. However, over the years, it has not just been Lois Lane who has had kids with Superman. He’s had kids with loads of women in different comics.

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In this list, we will take a look at the women that Superman has “knocked up” over the years. Do note, though, that some of these stories are more “real” than others as a couple of them involve outright tricks that would suggest that the women in question weren’t technically knocked up. Either way, these were the times that Superman was somebody’s baby-daddy!

15. LOIS LANE

As the star of Superman’s Girl Friend, Lois Lane, the person that we have seen Superman have kids with the most in various imaginary stories has clearly been Lois Lane. This even included the famous “final” imaginary story that Alan Moore wrote, “Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow?” which showed Lois and a powerless Superman living a secret life with their child.

In the 1990s, Superman and Lois Lane got married and their marriage lasted until the New 52 rebooted continuity in 2011. However, in DC Convergence, it showed that the Pre-New 52 Clark and Lois were still out there and Lois was pregnant! She had her child, Jonathan, and they ultimately came to the main DC Universe following DC Rebirth, where Clark became Superman again (merging with the since-deceased New 52 version of Superman). Jon appears in his own series, Super Sons, with Batman’s son, Damian Wayne.

14. WONDER WOMAN

During the New 52, not only was Superman and Lois Lane’s marriage erased, but they weren’t even a couple anymore! Instead, Superman ended up with his Justice League teammate, Wonder Woman, and the two even shared their own comic book series for a couple of years. This goes along with a trend that began after Crisis on Infinite Earths to show Superman and Wonder Woman more and more as a romantic coupling in different universes.

Frank Miller famously had Superman and Wonder Woman practically tear Earth apart while having sex in The Dark Knight Strikes Again and their daughter caused all sorts of problems in The Dark Knight III: The Master Race. At the end of Kingdom Come, Superman and Wonder Woman began to pursue a relationship and Batman guessed that Wonder Woman was pregnant. She gave birth to their son in the follow-up event, The Kingdom.

13. SUPERGIRL (MATRIX)

After Crisis on Infinite Earths, Superman was now the only survivor of Krypton, so there was no Supergirl. Eventually, a Supergirl was introduced when a shapeshifting artificial creature from another dimension ended up on Earth after its world was decimated by some evil Kryptonians from that reality. Dubbed “Matrix,” the creature eventually took on the form of Supergirl.

Years later, the alien merged with a young woman named Linda Danvers to create a new Supergirl. Over time, this Supergirl ended up on an alternate Earth where she met Superman, who was not related to her at all, so it was fine for them to get together (as noted in our list of superheroes who slept with versions of themselves). They married and had a daughter, but Linda eventually had to return to her reality and leave her husband and child behind.

12. MUCH OF EARTH’S POPULATION

In JLA: Created Equal (by Fabian Nicieza and Kevin Maguire), Earth is ravaged by a cosmic storm that ended up also somehow bringing with it a plague that wiped out all of the men on Earth, except Superman (who was presumably immune to its effects) and Lex Luthor (who had that snazzy armor to protect him). Superman and Wonder Woman had a son (appropriately named Adam) but they also used Superman’s DNA to impregnate a bunch of women.

Sadly, Superman then feared that he was actually a carrier of the plague, so he left Earth and in the ensuing years, Luthor slowly turned Superman’s own children against the world. A whole bunch of creepy bald kids threatening the new world. Luckily, Superman returned and risked bringing the disease with him. He stopped Luthor and ended up raising more clones created by Luthor.

11. SUPERGIRL

As we noted recently, there was a surprisingly little amount of backlash in the DC Universe during the Silver Age to the idea of Superman and Supergirl getting together. Despite being cousins and Supergirl being a teenager, the stories often presented such a union as no big deal.

Similarly, in Superman’s Girl Friend, Lois Lane #55 (by Otto Binder and Kurt Schaffenberger), when Lois finds out that Superman is secretly married to Supergirl with two kids, she’s more mad that they kept it a secret! As it turned out, though, Red Krytonite had just driven Supergirl temporarily insane and in her temporary insanity, she wanted to hurt Lois by tricking her into thinking she had lost Superman. The babies were robots and Supergirl super-hypnotized Superman into temporarily playing along. We don’t think we want to know what else Supergirl hypnotized him into doing while she was crazy…

10. LASIL

This one stands out because not only is it not part of an imaginary story, it’s not even part of an alternate universe! This just flat out happened! In Action Comics #370 (by Cary Bates, Curt Swan and Jack Abel), Superman started having dreams of what seemed to be a past life. He tested the rocket ship he came to Earth in and, to his amazement, learned it was roughly a hundred years older than it should be!

As it turned out, Superman ended up in a portal as a baby and landed on a planet where he gave off a special radiation that caused the people to evolve very quickly. He married and had a kid, but eventually the world fell apart and when he was an old man, his son de-aged him and sent him back through the portal, where only seconds had passed in our dimension.

9. LANA LANG

Lois Lane’s most common rival for Superman’s affection was Lana Lang, who had been introduced as Superboy’s love interest back when Clark Kent was a teenager (essentially, she was a teenage version of Lois Lane, always trying to prove that Clark is really Superboy). She grew up and moved to Metropolis where she and Lois found themselves frequently competing over Superman’s hand in marriage.

In a few imaginary stories, Lana actually ended up with Superman, like Superman’s Girl Friend #46 (by Jerry Siegel, the master of the Imaginary Story, and Kurt Schaffenberger), where Lois ended up marrying a reformed Lex Luthor, leaving Superman to marry Lana on the rebound and give her superpowers and have a daughter, Joan, with her. Joan is a hero while sadly, Lois’ son with Luthor turns out to be a criminal.

8. A MYSTERY WOMAN

Lois Lane is one of the top investigative reporters in the world. While that makes her really good at her job, it also ends up sort of feeding into her obsession with both Superman’s secret identity and whether he will marry her. This is because she actually can do something about her situation where other people would have no avenues. She is constantly encountering scientists with inventions that she can use to find Superman’s identity or running into magical objects that can aid her quest.

In Superman #131 (by Robert Bernstein and Kurt Schaffenberger), Lois stumbled on to a magical cottage that showed her the future. In the future, Superman has married a woman and had two children with her. However, throughout the vision, the woman’s face keeps getting obscured! The vision ends before Lois can learn if the woman is her or not.

7. ANOTHER MYSTERY WOMAN

In Superman #166 (by Edmond Hamilton, Curt Swan and George Klein), Superman has twins with a mystery woman in a classic imaginary story that finds out what happens when only one of Superman’s twin children is born with superpowers! Baby Jor-El has powers like his father, but baby Kal-El is powerless like his mysterious human mother.

Kal-El grows up with a serious inferiority complex over being powerless, even though Jor-El does everything he can to help his brother. Things got worse when they went into the Bottled City of Kandor (and thus both were powerless) and Jor-El still ended up being more of a hero than his brother! Finally, though, when Kal-El’s lack of kryptonite vulnerability allows him to save his father and brother, everything is fine with the family.

6. YET ANOTHER MYSTERY WOMAN (JEEZ)

In the history of the DC Universe, people often talk about Earth-1 and Earth-2, but one of the lesser known Earths (because it did not technically exist) is Earth-Haney. Writer Bob Haney just did whatever he wanted in his stories and really didn’t seem to care whether his stories followed continuity or not.

One of the most famous examples of this was when he introduced the original Super Sons in World’s Finest Comics #215. Superman Jr. and Batman Jr. had mysterious mothers, but otherwise, they were young adults who wanted to rebel against their parents while still fighting crime when they had the chance. They talked in all the then-current slang terms and Haney would insist in their appearances that they were real and not “imaginary stories.” However, later on, Denny O’Neill revealed that they were a computer simulation gone wrong.

5. LYLA LERROL

When he returned to the Superman titles in the late 1950s, Jerry Siegel began to write some of the best work he had ever done as a comic book writer. One of these stories is the acclaimed “Superman’s Return to Krypton,” where Superman travels back in time and space and ends up on Krypton soon before it is destroyed. Superman befriends his own father, Jor-El and romances Lyla Lerrol, the most famous actress on Krypton. Superman is taken away, though, before Krypton explodes.

Years later, in the classic “For The Man Who Has Everything” by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons in Superman Annual #11, Superman is subjected to the Black Mercy, a plant that gives people their greatest desire (while they waste away in their fantasy). In Superman’s imaginary life within the Black Mercy, he’s married to Lyla and has two children with her.

4. KRYSALLA

In Action Comics #410 (by Cary Bates, Curt Swan and Murphy Anderson), Superman is a widower with a young son. As time goes by, we see the past and learn that Clark Kent fell in love with a woman named Krysalla. She then revealed that she was a witch. He revealed that he was Superman. They worried if their child would be okay, but modern science couldn’t tell them.

As it turned out, when their son was born, he also came complete with an other-dimensional twin who would take control of his body and commit heinous crimes. For years, Superman had no idea that the world’s biggest mass murdering terrorist was his own son! However, he eventually found out the truth and found a way to “kill” the other side of his son.

3. BEAUTIFUL DREAMER

John Byrne took the idea of “imaginary stories” to a whole new level with his 1999 Superman and Batman: Generations miniseries, which took the approach of “What if Superman and Batman actually debuted in 1938 and 1939, respectively, and then aged naturally?” The initial miniseries was a huge success, so Byrne followed it up with an expanded volume 2.

Finally, he did Superman and Batman: Generations III, a 12-book series that went all the way from the 20th century to the 30th century! Along the way, Superman (who is basically immortal) ended up marrying Beautiful Dreamer, one of the Forever People of the New Gods. They had two kids, Lar-El and Vara. Superman was torn from them and was unable to see them for centuries and when he finally tracked them down, Darkseid did, as well, and killed Superman’s family in front of him!

2. LARISSA LENOX

As you may or may not know, one of Superman’s oddest foes is the other-dimensional imp known as Mister Mxyzptlk, who shows up every 90 days and does all sorts of crazy things until Superman can trick him into saying his name backwards, at which point he has to go back home and not return for another 90 days. In general, Mxyzptlk’s tricks are more annoying than anything else.

One of his most twisted, though, occurred in Superman #218 (by Leo Dordman, Curt Swan and Jack Abel), when Mxyzptlk tricked Superman into believing that he had a wife and a young son that had been erased from his memory somehow (cleverly, Mxyzptlk had the wife, Larissa Lenox, suggest that Mxyzptlk had been the one who erased Superman’s memory). When Superman figured out the truth and Larissa faded from existence, she disturbingly expressed her love as she melted away.

1. MOOKI

One of the defining attributes of most DC Silver Age characters is a willingness to quickly believe the worst about the people closest to you, typically on rather flimsy evidence. However, Lois Lane had a bit more evidence to go on with Superman’s Girl Friend, Lois Lane #30 (by Jerry Siegel and Kurt Schaffenberger). Lois was interviewing a scientist with a powerful telescope that could see distant planets and allow you to listen to them!

Lois stumbled across a planet where Superman was living with a mermaid alien and their son. Lois assumed Superman was still hung up on his old mermaid girlfriend, Lori Lemaris. As it turned out, though, this was not Superman, but one of Superman’s Superman robots who had been damaged and fixed by a mermaid before she died. He built a robot out of her in her honor and they built a robot baby.

Do you think Superman should have an actual kid? Or do you think it should stick to just alternate reality Supermen?

From: http://www.cbr.com/super-seed-15-women-superman-knocked-up/

Why History’s Most Valuable Comic Book Was Destroyed On …

Many of us nerds have a sweet comic book collection, but I’d wager they would look a little bit nicer with a copy of Action Comics #1. The issue featuring Superman’s debut is the single most valuable comic book in history. In 2014, a copy sold for over $3 million.

Its value is not just based on the immeasurable effect that it had, and continues to have on the world, but also because there aren’t many copies left. Wartime efforts to recycle paper, sometimes printed in the comics themselves, means that it’s incredibly difficult to find comic books from the golden age of the ’30s and ’40s, especially one in pristine condition.

And that is made even harder for Superman because the publishers ran a contest that effectively asked readers to destroy their copy of Action Comics #1, and the sad news is, we have a record of people who did exactly that. Watch the video below or keep reading to learn more!

Superman’s Super Splash

Superman’s creators, Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, claim it took them six years to sell their story which was originally conceived as a newspaper comic strip. They cut the strip up into a format that would fit the dimensions of a comic book and lifted a panel from the story to use as the last minute cover of Action Comics.

You can probably see the cover of Superman’s first appearance in your mind’s eye, or whatever, that jaw dropping image of Superman effortlessly lifting a car over his head while some stereotypical 1930s goons cower in fear.

[Credit: Action Comics]
[Credit: Action Comics]

The cover was seen as so outlandish at the time that the publisher reportedly banned Superman from appearing on any new covers of Action Comics, which is why the next few issues feature characters from other stories inside the anthology title.

After the initial print run of 200,000 books sold out in record time, it wasn’t long before National Allied Publications, the company behind Action Comics, realized it was because of the popularity of their Superman stories. Wanting to capitalize on this, the champion of the oppressed quickly returned to making appearances on the cover page.

Action Comics #1 launched a lot more than just the cape wearing Kryptonian into the public eye. It popularized superhero comics for decades to come. As author Mike Benton so eloquently wrote in Superhero Comics of the Golden Age:

“For a while, Siegel and Shuster’s tiny art studio at 10905 Amor Avenue was the only place in the world where stories about superheroes were dreamed, written, and drawn, but not for long.”

A Contest With Good Intentions

Action Comics #1 is the grandfather of comic books, the one that started it all, but before that, it was simply yet another comic book that National Allied Publications had to advertise to make sure it sold well. Thus, we get this promotional image printed in More Fun Comics number 31, regarded as the first published picture of Superman in history.

[Credit: More Fun Comics]
[Credit: More Fun Comics]

With the word out about this new comic title, potential fans were ready and waiting to stake their claim as the first nerds to get involved in what would soon become an enormous superhero explosion. In the decades after many readers could show their nerdiness by writing into a letters column.

That’s been pretty standard fare throughout the industry, but Action did not have a letters page. It did, however, have another way fans could get involved. Superman’s big debut had a color page contest that looked like this.

[Credit: Action Comics]
[Credit: Action Comics]

Readers could color in a black and white page from the Chuck Dawson story, which also appeared in Action Comics #1. Once readers had colored it in to the best of their ability, they would have to rip out the page from the comic and mail it to the publisher.

Let me restate that. These readers not only took crayons to what would eventually become the most valuable comic book in history, but they ripped out a page from it. If that wasn’t bad enough, the next part of the story might really make some of you cringe.

That first page of the Chuck Dawson story that fans tore out of the book? Well, the flip side of that page wasn’t just some random unimportant filler. If it was, we could forgive them because at least they left the Man of Steel alone, but they didn’t. On the reverse side of Chuck Dawson was the last page of the world’s first Superman story.

These images were not printed side-by-side as they appear here. They were the front and back sides of the same one page. [Credit: DC]
These images were not printed side-by-side as they appear here. They were the front and back sides of the same one page. [Credit: DC]

The Original Comic Book Nerds

The truth is, we don’t know how many readers went through with this, but we do know that 25 winners were chosen. Normally I’d be against this sort of nerd shaming, but these people are almost certainly dead by now, so here are their names real quickly:

[Credit: DC]
[Credit: DC]

They each destroyed their own piece of history, a story worth potentially millions of dollars for a grand prize of exactly one dollar, which to be fair is more like 17 when you adjust for inflation today.

Still, that’s a much better takeaway than all of the unnamed nerds who colored in and ripped up their copies of Action Comics #1 for nothing. Obviously I kid about shaming these people, but the fact is that they sacrificed their priceless Superman comic for something I’m sure a lot of us would love to have, historical records that they were the original comic book nerds.

Did you know about the competition that destroyed so many copies of Action Comics #1

From: https://moviepilot.com/p/action-comics-one-destroyed-on-purpose/4349476

DC Comics Rebirth Spoilers: Superman #29 Sees 2 HUGE Returns From Green Lantern Lore As Superman Joins …

DC Comics Rebirth Spoilers for Superman #29 follow.

While Dark Nights: Metal #1 (full spoilers and review here) seems to be generating the most attention this week, there are some other fascinating reads this week like in Superman #29.

A seemingly evil being has possessed children in Superman’s orbit and that being is…

…the yellow fear entity Parallax!

He wants to use Superman’s body as a host. In order to protect the children Superman relents…

…and becomes Parallax, but…

…Sinestro wants his fear entity back!

Two (2) big returns to DC Comics Rebirth this week in Superman #29.

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From: http://insidepulse.com/2017/08/16/dc-comics-rebirth-spoilers-superman-29-sees-2-huge-returns-from-green-lantern-lore-as-superman-joins-sinestro-corps/

Frank Miller’s ‘Superman: Year One’ Isn’t a Retelling of Supe’s Origin Story

Frank Miller Superman comic

Frank Miller Superman comic

Comic book writer and artist Frank Miller believes he’s never had a “meaningful crack at Superman.” He’s now taking his shot with a new Superman project. The author of The Dark Knight Returns, Sin City, and Batman: Year One is revolving his Superman story around the Man of Steel’s younger years. “It’s telling his beginnings from when Pa Kent discovered him in the cornfield, and the little boy goes to youth, and then to manhood,” Miller said. According to artist John Romita Jr., who worked with Miller on “Daredevil: The Man Without Fear,” Superman: Year One isn’t exactly a retelling of that familiar tale.

Below, Romita Jr. discusses the Frank Miller Superman comic.

Miller revealed plans for his Superman story at this year’s San Diego Comic Con. Miller isn’t drawing the comic himself. He’s collaborating with artist Romita Jr. on it. During a DC Comics Metal Panel which ComicBook.com covered, the artist explained the story isn’t retelling the one everyone and their grandma knows:

I’ve seen the reactions online about, ‘Oh, my God, here we go, another Superman origin,’ and it’s not really the origin retelling. It’s after the origin, it’s after he lands, what happens between the time he lands and the time he realizes what he is. And this slight slant on the development of Superman is that he’s really unconscious that he’s an alien ’til his parents tell him that he’s an alien. In the meantime, he just thinks he’s special. And he doesn’t appear in costume until the very end. It’s similar to the “Daredevil: Man Without Fear” back in the ’90s, and it’s the period of time up until he puts the costume on for the first time.

The artist added:

And Frank has this twisted imagination about what should happen, and we talked about it, and [Frank’s] eyes glow. He said he’s wanted to do this as long as he can remember, since, when did “Batman: Year One” come out? Was that 30 years ago? He said he always wanted to complete the cycle and do a “Superman: Year One.” Well, he finally got the chance to do it, and of course, it’s a hundred pages and there are a million people in it.

I would be a surprise if Miller didn’t have a “twisted imagination” for what should happen in a Superman comic. Romita Jr. confirmed the page count is 100 pages but added: “knowing Frank, it could be 200 pages.” How he’ll depict Clark Kent in those 100 pages raises questions. The superhero is a symbol of hope, but that’s not how he’s been depicted by Miller in the past, who has often cast him in a more cynical light.

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From: http://www.slashfilm.com/frank-millers-superman-year-one-isnt-a-retelling-of-supes-origin-story/

John Romita Jr. Discusses Working Wtih Frank MIller on Superman …

Frank Miller announced at Comic-Con International that he plans to rework the Man of Steel’s origin in a manner similar to what he did 30 years ago with the Dark Knight in Batman: Year One. Over the weekend at Boston Comic Con, his artistic collaborator John Romita Jr. revealed new details about the upcoming graphic novel, hinting at the plot and page length, and likening it to his and Miller’s 1993 Daredevil tale.

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“I’ve seen the reactions online about, ‘Oh, my God, here we go, another Superman origin,’ and it’s not really the origin retelling,” Romita said Friday following DC Comics’ Metal panel. “It’s after the origin, it’s after he lands, what happens between the time he lands and the time he realizes what he is. And this slight slant on the development of Superman is that he’s really unconscious that he’s an alien ’til his parents tell him that he’s an alien. In the meantime, he just thinks he’s special. And he doesn’t appear in costume until the very end. It’s similar to the Daredevil: Man Without Fear back in the ’90s, and it’s the period of time up until he puts the costume on for the first time.”

“And Frank has this twisted imagination about what should happen, and we talked about it, and [Frank’s] eyes glow,” he continued. “He said he’s wanted to do this as long as he can remember, since, when did Batman: Year One come out? Was that 30 years ago? He said he always wanted to complete the cycle and do a Superman: Year One. Well, he finally got the chance to do it, and of course it’s a hundred pages and there’s a million people in it.”

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Romita later elaborated on the planned page count, saying that when it comes to working with Miller, there’s likely going to be room for interpretation.

“It’s gonna be a hundred pages. I don’t know if it’s gonna be 92, or 100, I don’t know,” he said. “But knowing Frank, it could be 200 pages. I look forward to that more than anything, and I’m hoping it can turn out as good as I can see it in my head.”

Superman: Year One by Frank Miller and John Romita Jr. has yet to receive an official release date from DC Comics.

From: http://www.cbr.com/john-romita-jr-frank-miller-superman-year-one/

DC Comics Rebirth Spoilers & Dark Nights Metal Spoilers: Batman V Superman In Dark Nights Metal #1 / Dark Nights …

DC Comics Rebirth Spoilers and Dark Nights Metal Spoilers follow.

Many comics sites have latched onto a now deleted tweet of inker Jonathan Glapion that included the below image.

These same comic book and pop cultures sites have raised issues about Superman killing or maiming Batman in Dark Nights Metal #1 to kick off the event among other things. Well, even a novice fan of comics doesn’t believe that, but the clicky-baity nature of a Batman V Superman redux where one kills the other is too irresistible for these sites. Veteran fans should know better too.

Well let me remind you and those sites of part of a black and white preview to Dark Nights Metal #2. See anything interesting?

Yes, multiple Batmen. Clones, robots, from the Dark Multiverse? Perhaps, but in the end its likely Superman is tackling on of these and not the real Batman. I mean, that first pick doesn’t show any innards or anything you’d expect when a super-human impales a human.

Just my two cents.

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From: http://insidepulse.com/2017/08/13/dc-comics-rebirth-spoilers-dark-nights-metal-spoilers-batman-v-superman-in-dark-nights-metal-1-dark-nights-metal-2-is-not-what-it-seems/

Superman Attacks in Dark Nights: Metal – CBR

A new image posted to Twitter by Dark Nights: Metal series artist Jonathan Glapion proves that the series’ subtitle is well-deserved. The early art shows Superman doing something completely unexpected to Batman in a yet-released issue. If these are the kinds of twists and turns fans can expect from Dark Nights: Metal, the trip is sure to be a long and strange one.

Dark Night: Metal focuses on a malevolent Dark Multiverse that has its gaze locked on the inhabitants of the DC Universe. The series is written by Scott Snyder, with art by Greg Capullo, which is perhaps the most surprising element of the featured panel. Snyder and Capullo teamed together previously on a fan-favorite Batman run that lasted from 2011 until 2016. With Glapion’s reveal, it appears Snyder and Capullo have turned a corner in their relationship with the Dark Knight.

RELATED: Jim Lee’s Dark Nights: Metal #2 Cover Introduces Rebirth’s Bat-Jet Ski

There’s no telling yet what precipitated Superman’s attack, but every time the Man of Steel punches a hole in someone the consequences are not far behind. Superman made a similar move on the Joker in the fighting game Injustice’s story mode. The Joker’s death led to a worldwide dictatorship orchestrated by the Man of Steel himself. With rumblings of a Dark Multiverse in play (which brings with it the potential for doppelgangers), it could be that Superman had the best of intentions. Though, it’s possible the Kryptonian himself was replaced…

Available for purchase on Aug. 16, Dark Nights: Metal is a publication of DC Comics written by Scott Snyder with art by Jonathan Glapion, Greg Capullo, Andy Kubert, John Romita Jr. and Jim Lee.

From: http://www.cbr.com/superman-attacks-batman-dark-nights-metal/

What Was The Only Thing Keeping Superman From Marrying Supergirl?

In every installment of “If I Pass This Way Again,” we look at odd comic book plot points that were rarely (sometimes NEVER!) mentioned again after they were first introduced.

Yesterday, I did a list about superheroes who slept with opposite sex versions of themselves. One of the instances was Peter David’s Supergirl, who was a merger between the alien known as Matrix and the human Linda Danvers. You might notice that neither of those two elements have any connection to Superman, so when that Supergirl ended up in an alternate reality, she had no problems pursuing a relationship with Superman. They got married and even had a kid. My pal, Robert, was creeped out by that idea and I told him that if he thinks THAT’s creepy, then I would have a little something even crazier for him!

All said and done, “Superman’s Super-Courtship!” from 1962’s Action Comics #289 (by Jerry Siegel and Jim Mooney, part of Siegel’s tremendous return to the Superman titles in 1959 where he did the best work of his career for DC during the early 1960s, writing some of the all-time greatest Superman issues) is a great story. I featured it years ago in I Love Ya But You’re Strange, because as good as it is, it definitely is a strange, strange story.

The concept of the story is that Supergirl feels bad for Superman being so lonely, so she decides to match him up with some of the most beautiful women in history through some time travel. However, hilarious hi jinks screw everything up. Eventually, Supergirl actually succeeds when she finds a Superwoman on another planet and Superman falls for her heed over heels, but sadly it did not work out, either and Supergirl finally learns her lesson…

But now we get into the creepy territory. The reason Supergirl picked this particular woman? Because she was basically just a version of HERSELF!!

Yep, Superman’s perfect girl was basically just a duplicate of his teen cousin!

Even odder, Superman just flat out TELLS Supergirl this, while explaining, though, that they can’t get married for a very good reason. Is it because she’s a teenager? Or because she’s your first cousin? Nope, because of the laws of a planet that exploded decades earlier!!

“I’d be all OVER you if it weren’t for this old law. Sorry.”

As you might expect, this did not exactly come up a lot in the future.

If anyone else has a suggestion for If I Pass This Way Again, drop me a line at brianc@cbr.com!

From: http://www.cbr.com/what-was-the-only-thing-keeping-superman-from-marrying-supergirl/

Chris Kent’s Rebirth Return Will Be Big For Superman

The big hook of DC Comics’ Superman at the moment is that he’s is a father who is balancing his life as the world’s greatest superhero with being the world’s greatest dad, and setting an example for his son Jon Kent, the current incarnation of Superboy. However, this isn’t the first time in the past decade the Superman books have given Superman a kid to pass on his legacy to, and that kid made his return to the DC Universe last week with a new destiny that brings him into direct conflict with the Superman family.

Who Is Christopher Kent?

In the wake of Infinite Crisis, Richard Donner, Geoff Johns and Adam Kubert introduced Chris Kent, who became the foster son of Clark Kent and Lois Lane for a time. While the arrival of a new Kryptonian greatly interested the US army — especially classic DC Comics character Sarge Steel — Superman was determined that one of the last remaining Kryptonians remained safe and got the same chance that he did after arriving on Earth as a baby. Superman removed the child from the custody of the US government, and thanks to the help of Batman — who was also going through some newly-discovered paternal struggles — Clark and Lois were able to get their hands on documents stating the child was a relative of Clark’s named Christopher.

Chris-Kent-Child

Clark tried to help Chris assimilate into Earth culture, but the young boy struggled with his newfound powers, even after Batman created a red sun watch to dampen them when he attended school. Meanwhile, Superman confirmed to the US government and the press that he had taken responsibility for the Kryptonian child, which drew the attention of Lex Luthor who attempted to kidnap Chris Kent with the help of Bizarro, though he was unsuccessful in his endeavours.

Ultimately, it was discovered that Chris Kent was in fact Lor-Zod, the child of General Zod and Ursa, who was conceived in the Phantom Zone. The Kryptonian criminals escaped their prison alongside their heavy Non and attempted to bring their son back into the fold, but thanks to Superman’s inspiration, Chris rebelled against his biological parents and trapped them back in the Phantom Zone, even though it meant he himself would also be stuck there.

Nightwing and Flamebird

Chris Kent returned as a teenager during the “New Krypton” era of Superman comics in the pages of Greg Rucka and Pete Woods’ Action Comics. While in the Phantom Zone he interfaced with Brainiac technology which connected him with another Kryptonian, Thara Ak-Var. Once free from the extradimensional prison, he became the new Nightwing, with Thara acting as Flamebird. At the time, Dick Grayson was Batman in the wake of Final Crisis, and had thus abandoned his Nightwing persona, one that was itself inspired by an old Kryptonian legend Superman once told Grayson about then the latter was still Robin.

Chris-Kent-Nightwing

As Nightwing and Flamebird, Chris and Thara made it their mission to seek out and capture Phantom Zone sleeper agents hiding on Earth. But due to the hostility between Earth and New Krypton, they wore fake power armor as a means to hide their true origins. At the time, Chris was undergoing strange biological changes and growth spurts, first to around the age of seventeen, and then again to around twenty-three. It was eventually revealed that this was a plan by Jax-Ur to harvest Chris’ DNA to resurrect Rao, but Chris and Thara both summoned the ancient deities associated with the Nightwing and Flamebird to put a stop to that crisis.

Unfortunately, Thara Ak-Var perished when Lex Luthor and General Sam Lae turned the Earth’s yellow sun to a deadly red, sacrificing herself to turn it back to its traditional color. Chris Kent then took on his father General Zod during the War of the Supermen pushing him back into the Phantom Zone. Once Chris returned to the dimension of his birth, his body reverted to its natural age and size.

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From: http://www.cbr.com/chris-kent-rebirth-superman/

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