Since the start of DC Rebirth last year, one of the biggest mysteries has revolved around the identity of the mystery Clark Kent that appeared following the death of New 52 Superman and re-emergence of his pre-Flashpoint predecessor. However, in the pages of this week's Action Comics #975 by Dan Jurgens, Doug Mahnke, Jaime Mendoza, Wil Quintana and Rob Leigh, the answer is laid out bare for all to see and while it's someone you'll recognize, it is not someone you'd expect.
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If you've been reading the current Superman titles, then you're no doubt aware that things have gotten pretty weird lately. Superman and Lois Lane are the characters from two reboots ago, and Clark Kent's a completely separate person with a secret so strange that we don't really know who the heck he is yet --- and that's before we throw New Super-Man, Cyborg Superman, and at least two Superboys into the mix.
But to be fair, this isn't the first time that there's been a weird split between "Clark Kent" and "Superman," and while it might be the weirdest, it has some pretty stiff competition on that front, too. Like, say, the time that Superman had powers and Clark didn't, even though they were the same guy, based entirely on which set of clothes they were wearing.
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's 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?!
Supergirl’s ability to call on the full Superman cast has been difficult to chart; whether introducing its own Man of Steel after a season spent teasing him, or recent references to Lex Luthor. We’ve now officially met the latter in flashback, but might Supergirl follow suit with a full-fledged appearance, or are some characters still off-limits?
So many of the best Superman moments are truly moments, brief glimpses of the impossible made easy, and the right thing made real. One such glimpse is seen in Mike McCain’s new art print "… And The American Way," recently made available for purchase in support of a very good cause.
The "Superman Reborn" arc that launches this Wednesday in Superman #18 is shaping up to be the culmination of a lot of plot threads that have been building since Rebirth, both in the Superman books and elsewhere. As we saw in an earlier preview, someone who appears to be obsessed with Superman has escaped from the mysterious Mr. Oz.
And now, in these new unlettered preview pages shared exclusively with ComicsAlliance by DC, we learn that the apparent antagonist of the story is none other than... Clark Kent. Specifically the non-Superman Clark Kent who mysteriously appeared after Rebirth.
You can always count on a number of surprises from NECA at Toy Fair, but this year, I don't think very many collectors could have expected the announcements the company unveiled. While new Predator and Alien toys are as expected, you never know what the mad geniuses at NECA might have in store for the likes of Evil Dead, the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and the other dozens of gaming and movie licenses it holds. All you can be sure about is that you will come away from the NECA booth ready to find a new source of income to pay for all the things you're going to need. Like the new Batman vs Aliens and Predator sets.
If comics has taught us anything, it’s that anything can be illustrated, and if the internet has taught us anything, it’s that anything can be someone’s turn-on. Comics and furries go hand in hand, dating back farther than living memory, with modern furry fandom a direct multigenerational outgrowth of funny animal comics and cartoons.
It’s Love and Sex Week here at ComicsAlliance, so we've decided to do our part to destigmatize furries, because we believe that everyone has at least one furry crush, whether it's the stars of Disney's Robin Hood, a Thundercat, or the stars of Disney's Zootopia. (We see you, Disney.)
To that end, here are nine of our most animalistic passions from the world of comics.
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.
While Valentine's Day maybe behind us for another year, love is still in the air and to celebrate the seasons, we're counting down the best couples in all of comics.
It just wouldn’t be Mister Mxyzptlk without a trick up his sleeve, and the impish 5th-dimensional trickster couldn’t even wait for his own Supergirl episode to debut. The classic Superman villain put in a first appearance with “Luthors,” and now gets his own trailer with a first look at “Mr. & Mrs. Mxyzptlk.”