Superman’s Upcoming Comic Explores Who That Second Clark Kent Is

Who is Clark Kent? Pretty much everyone knows Clark Kent is Superman and vice versa. Recently, as shown in the video above, things became a little more complicated. Superman died, but the Superman from the previous timeline/continuity has been living in this world with his wife Lois Lane and their son Jon. A full explanation on that can be found here. This Superman has stepped out of the shadows to fill the heroic role left empty by the other Superman. It sounds confusing, but that’s just the start. Clark Kent has recently shown up. This one is completely human and is definitely not the Man of Steel.

Who he is and where he came from is going to be answered in the next arc in Action Comics, “Mild Mannered.” Superman is about to turn his attention to finding out who Clark is and whether or not he poses a threat.

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When this Earth’s Lois Lane died after gaining superpowers during the death of Superman, the slightly older Lois from the previous continuity decided to try to tie up any of the deceased Lois’ loose ends. She went to the Daily Planet and was relieved no one really noticed a difference. Using the deceased Lois’ apartment to access her computer, she took her son along with her. When Clark showed up at the apartment last issue, she had to create a cover story that Jon was her cousin’s kid. This Clark is starting to get suspicious. He knows Lois is keeping something from him, and he could cause problems if he continues to push things.

Adding to Superman’s problems, Lois has decided to go undercover to try to break a story. He’s also about to find out that this Earth’s Lana Lang, who also gained superpowers with the other Lois, is dying as well.

Action Comics #973 is written by Dan Jurgens with art by Patrick Zircher and Stephen Segovia. The issue goes on sale Wednesday, February 8, in stores and online.

From: http://www.gamespot.com/articles/supermans-upcoming-comic-explores-who-that-second-/1100-6447542/

DC Comics Rebirth Spoilers & Review: Superman #16 Ends Multiversity Sequel Multiplicity With 25 Supermen Plus …

DC Comics Rebirth Spoilers and Review follow for Superman #16.

Superman #16 opens with a confirmation of the pre-Flashpoint Superman being an Anomaly; the villain Prophecy is not sure what to make of him.

Prophecy de-powers and tosses Superman into a mine with the other Supemen and a Superwoman.

Although through the dialogue in thie issue we’re to believe there are several other Supermen and Superwomen in this mine despite us not seeing them this issue; the issue focuses on the few we’ve already been introduced to.

And, in this issue China’s New Super-Man meets Rebirth’s Superman for the first time (red dialogue denotes them speaking Mandarin).

Combing through the issue there are not any more Supermen or Superwomen introduced from the multiverse.


BRIEF INTERLUDE FOR SUPERMEN WHO’S WHO

So, with a brief aside, this Multiplicity arc stopped with the formal appearances of 25 Supermen / Superwomen of which 23 were clear enough to categorize.

    Excluding the pre-Flashpoint “Anomaly” Superman, that is now DC Rebirth’s core Superman, the 23 recognizable Supermen of 25 portrayed cover the following Earths as revealed via the above links which have the respective Multiversity Guidebook multiverse Earth entries if you’re interested.

    CAPITALIZED reference below is from Superman #16, bold and italicized references below are from Superman #15 and regular font are from Superman #14.

        Earth 0 – Prime Earth’s New Superman
        Earth 1 – Superman
        Earth 2 – Superman (Val-Zod?)
        EARTH 6 – THE JUST IMAGE BY STAN LEE EARTH’S SUPERMAN
        Earth 10 – Freedom Fighters Earth’s Nazi Superman
        Earth 11 – Superwoman
        Earth 12 – Superman Beyond
        Earth 13 – Etrigan Superman
        Earth 14 – Justice League of Assassins’ Superman
        Earth 16 – Earth Me Superman
        Earth 18 – Justice Riders’ Black Bison Superman

        Earth 22 – Kingdom Come Superman
        Earth 23 – President Superman
        Earth 26 – Captain Carrot
        Earth 29 – Bizarro Superman
        Earth 30 – Red Superman
        Earth 31 – Pirate Superman
        Earth 32 – Justice Titans Superman
        Earth 38 – Generations Superman
        Earth 43 – Holy Terror Vampire Superman
        Earth 45 – Doomsday-Superman amalgam
        Earth 47 – The Prez’s Sunshine Superman
        Earth 50 – Justice Lord Superman

      Here is an annotated cover of Superman #16 with the various Superman revealed. Can you identify the two Superman with question marks beside them?

      END INTERLUDE


      Anyhow, back to the rest of Superman #16!

      As we saw earlier, there is an Ultima Thule on the planet where Prohecy has trapped and de-powered the Supermen / Superwomen. As you may recall from Multiversity, the Ultima Thule is a space ship created by the Monitors to travel the multiverse made of “frozen music” (heady writer Grant Morrison stuff as you can see).

      The Justice League Incarnate is able to locate the Ultima Thule due to its musical beacon – that we see earlier in the issue is irritating Phrophecy.

      However, despite locating the Thule, the Supermen and Prphecy, the Justice League INcarnate have no way to travel there as they do not have another Ultima Thule. Enter Red Racer who will build one from the specs at the Orrery, the Justice League Incarnate’s space in the Bleed.

      President Superman of the JLI speaks with Red Racer and reminds of the cost to himself for doing this. Time will be the payment; it took the monitors thousands of years to build that last Ultima Thule and yet Red Racer wants to build in minutes. Red Racer understands the risks and…

      …makes the ultimate sacrifice to complete his mission of creating a second Ultima Thule ship!

      Red Racer’s death scene in 2017 is an homage to Supergirl’s death scene in 1985’s Crisis on Infinite Earth’s #7.

      The Justice League Incarnate use the ship to confront Prophecy. Their presence, but likely the Ultima Thule, recharges all the Supermen even turning a rabbit back to the super-powered Captain Carrot!

      They attack Prophecy en masse.

      Prohecy professes to the be the savior of the multiverse and the lone sentinel against a coming threat.

      No matter, the Supermen and Superwomen vanquish Prophecy and he disappears.

      To be revealed as another prisoner for Mr. Oz along with Doomsday and Red Robin Tim Drake!

      This all leads into the coming of the Watchmen in 2017, as many speculate that Mr. Oz is the Watchmen’s Ozymandias, who also plays a big role in the Superman Reborn arc in March 2017 and the Aftermath arc in April 2017!

      So…

      An entertaining issue, but understanding how the multiverse works and particularly the Ultima Thule can be head ache inducing. There were a few artists on the book so the back part of the book’s art was a bit jarring from the front end. That said, I enjoyed the story and this arc. It was nice to return to the Multiversity playground. 7.5 out of 10.

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      From: http://insidepulse.com/2017/02/01/dc-comics-rebirth-spoilers-review-superman-16-ends-multiversity-with-25-supermen/

      Superheroes Are Being Recruited Into The Anti-Trump Resistance

      Artist R. Sikoryak has been illustrating quotes by Donald Trump in the style of vintage comic book covers. Image via R. Sikoryak.

      Since their inception in the depths of the Great Depression, American superhero comics have always been about standing up for the little guy against the arbitrary power of bullies and malevolent power-seekers. They are also largely the product of first-generation Jewish American creators who had no affection for fascism, either European or homegrown, and little sympathy for anti-immigrant sentiment. With all of that coded into their DNA, it’s no surprise that comics have been a vehicle for anti-authoritarian themes over the years, rarely veering into outright political advocacy but nevertheless standing for cultural values associated more with tolerance, hope and inclusion than fear, bigotry and nativism.

      The tumultuous first 10 days of the Trump administration, following an unsettling transition after the election, have moved increasing numbers of creators and even long-standing corporate-owned properties off the sidelines and into the political fray. In many cases, the visual style and substance of superhero comics are being appropriated by fans and artists to criticize the approach of the new president and his team.

      This Machine Kills Fascists. 

      Over the past several months, artists have been adapting Jack Kirby’s iconic cover of Captain America Comics #1 (1941), showing Captain America punching Hitler in the face months before America officially entered World War II, with Hitler’s face replaced by Trump, Steve Bannon or other members of the incoming administration. One popular version of this depicts Ms. Marvel, a current-day teenage Muslim Pakistani-American heroine, delivering the punch.

      The politics of superheroes were never clearer than this, from the debut of Captain America by Jack Kirby and Joe Simon, 1941. Image via Marvel.

      None of this work is sanctioned by Marvel Comics, whose President, Ike Perlmutter, is a prominent supporter of Donald Trump. However Marvel has been teasing a storyline called “Secret Empire,” which will apparently be the basis for a cross-company publishing event later this year. The original Secret Empire storyline by writer Steve Englehart and artist Sal Buscema, took place in Captain America during Watergate, and featured a massive conspiracy that eventually led all the way to the Oval Office. The stunning finale led Captain America to question the basis of his patriotism and hang up his trademark red-white-and-blue costume until his faith was restored. Marvel has been characteristically quiet about details of the new Secret Empire story, so it is not clear whether it will dig into the same thematic territory as the original, but the timing of the revival seems significant.

      Marvel is heavily promoting a storyline for 2017 that shares a title with a politically-charged thriller from Watergate-era Captain America. Image via Marvel.

      Imagine an Evil Billionaire as President. DC Already Has.

      Another superhero-based meme circulating over the weekend showed DC Comics’ headliners Superman and Wonder Woman, captioned “refugee” and “immigrant” respectively in solidarity with protests of the Executive Order banning entrants from certain Muslim countries, including refugees fleeing the civil war in Syria. Both Superman and Wonder Woman have taken positions supportive of refugees and immigrants many times over the decades, and with DC’s current focus on presenting “classic” versions of its characters in its Rebirth initiative, it seems likely that political themes may emerge, at least subtly, in books whose characters are so closely connected to issues of being “strangers in a strange land.”

      From: http://www.forbes.com/sites/robsalkowitz/2017/01/30/superheroes-are-being-recruited-into-the-anti-trump-resistance/

      Fantastic Five: Weird Superman Stories – Comics Alliance

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      If there’s one thing we’ve learned from our years on the Internet, it’s that there’s no aspect of comics that can’t be broken down and quantified in a single definitive list, preferably in amounts of five or ten. And since there’s no more definitive authority than ComicsAlliance, we’re taking it upon ourselves to compile Top Five lists of everything you could ever want to know about comics.

      This week we’re counting down five of the weirdest stories in Superman history. But let’s be honest: there have been thousands of stories starring the Man of Steel since his debut in 1983, and a ton of them are incredibly weird. I could have easily made a top fifty list just from stories published between 1958 and 1962. Instead, with this list I tried to spread the weird love around a little bit and hit a story from five different eras of Superman history and not just five sublimations of Mort Weisinger’s neuroses from the Silver Age. If you like this video and would like to see more weird Superman stuff, maybe leave a comment below.

      Show notes:

      • If you like weird old Superman, you should check out Jon Morris’s blog The Chronological Superman, which examines every piece of Superman media in chronological order.
      • You can read the specific story referenced in number five here, but you should probably start here.
      • You can see a decade-younger Chris Sims write about the story in number four at greater length than I get into here.
      • I talk more about the villain from the number three story in this other installment of Fantastic Five, or read Jon Morris talking about the story here.
      • You can read the story in second place digitally here, or read Chris Sims talk more about it here.
      • The number one story is not currently in print, but you can buy a used copy super cheap here, or you can read Jon Morris talking about it here.

       

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      Unusual Hobby: Knoxville man wants to have largest Superman collection

      Two rooms of one man’s house are filled with his Superman collection.

      From: http://www.wbir.com/news/local/unusual-hobby-knoxville-man-wants-to-have-largest-superman-collection/393482095

      Is Hank Henshaw Becoming the Cyborg Superman in Action Comics?

      Based on the final page of this weeks’ Action Comics, it looks like fans might be getting a new Cyborg Superman — who’s actually kind of an old one.

      The Cyborg Superman has become a surprisingly difficult character to explain to people in the recent past.

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      (Photo: DC Entertainment)

      The character, created in the early ’90s, was originally Hank Henshaw. A former astronaut who died only to have his consciousness pass into the ship’s computer, he became incredibly powerful by bending metal and machines to his will.

      Ultimately, Henshaw took on the identity of the Cyborg Superman becuase he blamed Superman for his death and those of his wife and two best friends who had been on the craft with Henshaw. Superman had failed to save the craft, and then met them after their crash and failed to save their lives when radiation poisoning quickly took them all.

      Superman’s death had robbed Henshaw of a clean shot at revenge, so he wore Superman’s shield so that he could earn the public trust as a “revived” Superman and kill millions in the Man of Steel’s name, tainting it forever.

      Of course, when the real Superman returned and beat the snot out of him, that plan went by the wayside.

      Following 2011’s The New 52 reboot of the DC Comics line, the death of Superman was no longer canon (except when it was…it was a complicated question). That meant that characters introduced during Superman’s return — Superboy, Steel, and the Cyborg Superman — had to be rebuilt from scratch.

      The Cyborg Superman, then, became a corrupted cyborg version of Supergirl’s father. That remains the backstory of the Cyborg Superman seen in Supergirl right now, while on TV, The CW’s Supergirl features a Cyborg Superman who is Hank Henshaw — although a wildly different version of him than in the original comics. 

      On TV, Henshaw is a black man, working for the Department of Extranormal Operations and obsessed with exterminating aliens on Earth, who finds himself replaced by the Martian Manhunter after he’s presumed dead Later, the “original” Henshaw returns with some metal parts and enhanced abilities thanks to Cadmus.

      But in Action Comics #972, he appears to be the ’90s version of Hank Henshaw again.

      How so?

      Well, first of all, he doesn’t physically resemble the Cyborg Superman seen in the Supergirl comics, unless he is dealt some serious damage as Supergirl defeats him at the end of her first arc. Since the launch of The New 52, the Zor-El version of the Cyborg Superman has had a full head of hair and an intact jaw:

      Cyborg Superman Supergirl Hank Henshaw

      The image seen at top, taken from the final page of Action Comics this week, shows a version of the Cyborg Superman who has only a small portion of his face (the upper-left quadrant, basically) covered in flesh and hair, with the rest metal. That’s how Henshaw used to look in the pre-Flashpoint DCU:

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      (Photo: DC Entertainment)

      So how does that all work? A key to the answer is likely the figure wearing all white with the long white hair, pictured in the “bubble” adjacent to the Cyborg’s on the Action Comics page.

      That’s Blanque, a villain introduced in Superman: Lois and Clark, the miniseries that reintroduced the pre-Flashpoint Superman, his wife and son to the DC Universe. That series revealed that during the years the New 52 Superman was active and Jon Kent was growing up, Superman had operated in secret to keep the world safe, sometimes by stopping natural disasters or throwing down the the occasional supervillain but generally by using his knowledge of the “future” (an imperfect reflection of his world’s past) to prevent the tragedies and accidents that created many of his supervillains.

      He had done so successfully for years before the miniseries started, but when he tried to stop Henshaw’s ship from crashing, things were different: instead of being on board the shuttle with his crew, scrambling to prevent the crash, Henshaw was alone and unconscious. Superman brought him to a Fortress of Solitude he had built (separate from the New 52 Superman’s) and tried to study what was different about this new Henshaw (also a white man and an astronaut, incidentally, rather than a black man at the DEO) only to learn very little before Henshaw’s frazzled mind was being tampered with by Blanque, a powerful villain with psychic powers Superman was keeping locked up in the Fortress.

      Ultimately, Blanque escaped and Henshaw was no longer evil — although he had stolen away a shard of a cosmic weapon known as the Oblivion Stone.

      When the series ended, Jurgens said that some of those elements would be touched upon in Action Comics, with the caveat that Rebirth obviously had its own agenda and not all of Jurgens’s pet storylines would be picked up right away.

      It now seems they’re heading in that direction — and that in so doing, they’re bringing back the original (Jurgens-created) Henshaw for the ride.

      You can get a copy of Action Comics #972 at your local comic shop or pick it up digitally here.

      From: http://comicbook.com/dc/2017/01/26/is-hank-henshaw-becoming-the-cyborg-superman-in-action-comics-/

      Superman, Batman Comic Book Artist To Appear At Comic Show

      WAYNE, N.J. — One of the most noted Superman and Batman comic book artists will appear at the Wayne NJ Toy Show Feb. 5.

      Adams is credited with creating the modern look of such famous DC Comics heroes as Superman, Batman and Green Arrow.

      Adams will have prints, comics and original artwork for sale.

      The Wayne NJ Toy Show is a monthly event held at Community Fire Co. 1 the first Sunday of the month from from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Adams will be there from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

      Vendors have more than 80 tables of unique, new and hand-to-find toys, comics and memorabilia at the show.

      Admission is $8 from 8 to 9 a.m., $5 afterwards. Kids 8 and younger are admitted free.

      Fire Co. 1 is located at 97 Parish Drive.

      For more information, visit the event’s Facebook page.


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      Photo: Neal Adams signing an autograph. — Used with permission via Creative Commons license.

      From: http://patch.com/new-jersey/wayne/superman-batman-comic-book-artist-appear-comic-show

      ‘Real estate superhero’ hit with copyright warning from DC Comics

      A B.C. realtor has been hit with a copyright warning from DC Comics, the comics company known for superheroes such as Superman and Batman, over his superhero personality.

      Ian Brett, who dubbed himself “Captain Vancouver” after Vancouver’s namesake maritime explorer, bills himself as a “Real Estate Superhero” on his website.

      He says took on his alter ego as a response to what he says are sketchy practices in Vancouver’s real estate market, such as shadow-flipping – which is when realtors and investors can flip a property several times before the sale is even finalized.

      “I need to stand up and be a real superhero,” he said.

      His outfit features a powdered wig, tricorn hat and breeches, but DC Comics has taken offence to the bright red and yellow “R” logo splashed across his T-shirt.

      Brett had trademarked the name “Captain Vancouver” in 2013, but says issues arose when he went to trademark the phrase “Real Estate Superhero.”

      “A lawyer in Toronto said ‘no we can’t use it,'” he told CTV Vancouver. “They sent us a letter, a bit of a threat actually, telling us we had to stop it because they own all trademarks with the word superhero in it.”

      In a letter sent in early January from Bereskin Parr, a Toronto law firm specializing in intellectual property law, the company noted that DC Comics has held the copyright to Superman and his appearance for more than 70 years. It also notes that DC Comics is the co-owner of “Super Heroes” and “Super Hero.”

      “While we appreciate your intent may have been to compare your success in real estate to the success of the SUPERMAN character, our client’s intellectual property rights are very important assets,” the letter notes.

      The company said it would initiate legal proceedings if Brett:

      • Didn’t withdraw his application for the term “real estate superhero”;

      • Cease use of those words and the insignia which resembles Superman’s shield;

      • Didn’t look to use or apply to register any Superman or DC Comics signs in the future.

      The law firm had no comment when contacted by CTV News.

      Brett notes that he bears no physical resemblance to the alien from Krypton, but agreed to change the shape of his logo, which will now be in the shape of house.

      “Nobody wants lawsuits right? But I just wanted to see the funny side of this,” he said. “I’m not a man of steel, I’m a man of sales.”

      With a report from CTV Vancouver’s Scott Hurst

      From: http://www.ctvnews.ca/business/real-estate-superhero-hit-with-copyright-warning-from-dc-comics-1.3257800

      WizKids Announces Supeman vs Ali Exclusive Set for 2017 …

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      For years, WizKidsHeroclix have been giving fans and table-top gamers the chance to rewrite history’s greatest comic book battles. After decades of wondering who would really win in a fight between Hulk and the Thing, Batman and Bane or even Superman and Thor, Heroclix provided a “definitive” way for fans to settle all bets.Originally billed as one of the greatest fights in the history of the universe, Superman versus Muhammad Ali didn’t quite live up to the slugfest we’d all envisioned. That’s what happens when two generally solid gentlemen work together to stop an alien invasion.

      Now, Heroclix will finally allow us to learn which of the heavyweights would truly come out on top in a boxing match unrivaled in hype with an exclusive set coming out this summer.

      Unlike a number of exclusive figures offered at conventions around the world every year, this collection offers just a bit more than some new sculpts and abilities to mix in with your traditional Heroclix collections. Yes, there will be a Muhammad Ali figure complete with his own stats and abilities worthy enough of going toe-to-toe with the Last Son of Krypton. Superman will also get the typical breakdown, though WizKids is rather mum on what either of these characters can and will be able to do in a given match. You’d think Superman might have his abilities dialed down a bit, or that Ali will have some of the most impressive human attributes ever given to a Heroclix figure.

      Additionally, the two will come boxed up with a 5×5 grid boxing ring arena. That kind of custom battle zone must mean a special set of rules is coming with the figures as well, that way you can mix it up with more than just Ali and Superman to see who might reign supreme in a massive comic book boxing federation. You also might be able to set up your own version of Unlimited Class Wrestling, and give that D-Man Heroclix figure collecting dust the recognition he deserves.

       

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      The DC Comics Heroclix: Superman vs Muhammad Ali set will be available exclusively at the 2017 WizKids US National Championship in June.

       

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      WizKids Gives You the Power to Decide Who Really is the Greatest: Ali or Superman?

      Art by Neal Adams (DC Comics)
      Art by Neal Adams (DC Comics)

       

      For years, WizKidsHeroclix have been giving fans and table-top gamers the chance to rewrite history’s greatest comic book battles. After decades of wondering who would really win in a fight between Hulk and the Thing, Batman and Bane or even Superman and Thor, Heroclix provided a “definitive” way for fans to settle all bets.Originally billed as one of the greatest fights in the history of the universe, Superman versus Muhammad Ali didn’t quite live up to the slugfest we’d all envisioned. That’s what happens when two generally solid gentlemen work together to stop an alien invasion.

      Now, Heroclix will finally allow us to learn which of the heavyweights would truly come out on top in a boxing match unrivaled in hype with an exclusive set coming out this summer.

      Unlike a number of exclusive figures offered at conventions around the world every year, this collection offers just a bit more than some new sculpts and abilities to mix in with your traditional Heroclix collections. Yes, there will be a Muhammad Ali figure complete with his own stats and abilities worthy enough of going toe-to-toe with the Last Son of Krypton. Superman will also get the typical breakdown, though WizKids is rather mum on what either of these characters can and will be able to do in a given match. You’d think Superman might have his abilities dialed down a bit, or that Ali will have some of the most impressive human attributes ever given to a Heroclix figure.

      Additionally, the two will come boxed up with a 5×5 grid boxing ring arena. That kind of custom battle zone must mean a special set of rules is coming with the figures as well, that way you can mix it up with more than just Ali and Superman to see who might reign supreme in a massive comic book boxing federation. You also might be able to set up your own version of Unlimited Class Wrestling, and give that D-Man Heroclix figure collecting dust the recognition he deserves.

       

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      The DC Comics Heroclix: Superman vs Muhammad Ali set will be available exclusively at the 2017 WizKids US National Championship in June.

       

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