Superman: Son of Kal-El's Jon Kent is getting a new cape from his boyfriend, Jay Nakamura, in a preview colorist Tríona Tree Farrell shared on Twitter for DC Pride 2022.
The preview page shows Superman, a mantle that Jon Kent has taken up in DC's Superman: Son of Kal-El after Clark left Earth to deal with a looming threat, gracefully touch down on a roof to greet Jay while a figure who appears to be Damian Wayne walks away in the background. Nakamura gives his boyfriend a gift, which Superman opens and reveals to be a Pride-themed superhero cape.
Jon Kent came out as bisexual in Superman: Son of Kal-El #5. He's since started dating Jay, a young journalist who runs an underground news site called The Truth and also has some superpowers of his own. The latest issue in the series, Superman: Son of Kal-El #10, saw Jon Kent come out as bisexual to his mother, Lois Lane, for the first time. "I've always said everyone needs heroes and everyone deserves to see themselves in their heroes and I'm very grateful DC and Warner Bros. share this idea," Superman: Son of Kal-El writer Tom Taylor previously said. "Superman's symbol has always stood for hope, for truth and for justice. Today, that symbol represents something more. Today, more people can see themselves in the most powerful superhero in comics."
DC Pride 2022 releases later this month. Similar to last year's issue, the giant-sized anthology highlight DC’s fan-favorite LGBTQIA+ characters. Along with Farrell, the Superman-centered "Super Pride" story comes from Devin Grayson, Nick Robles and Aditya Bidikar. Other stories included in DC Pride 2022 will focus on Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy, Tim Drake and more. "Representation is something that so many take for granted," Nicole Maines wrote in an introduction to the anthology. "But as queer people, we have always understood not only its necessity, but its power. Seeing yourself in the media you consume is validating in a way that says, 'You are not alone.' Seeing yourself in comic books, though, in your favorite superheroes, is especially powerful. It tells us that not only are there other people like us out there (something that this young trans girl growing up in rural Maine desperately needed), but that they stand alongside the very best of us. They are the best of us." DC will also release a new young adult graphic novel, several new series and one-shots focusing on LGBTQIA+ characters in celebration of Pride Month throughout June.
DC Pride 2022 releases May 31.