When DC Comics announced the Rebirth initiative, it came with a lot of language about going back to what worked and re-examining familiar characters, but in practice the initiative has actually offered some bold ideas that may help push the publisher forward.

One of the most exciting titles to come out of Rebirth was Gene Luen YangVictor Bogdanovic, Richard Friend and Hi-Fi’s New Super-Man, which sees a brash teenager from Shanghai gifted with all the powers of The Man of Steel. Ahead of its release in two weeks' time, DC has provided a first look at the new title and an introduction to Kenan Kong.

The preview gives us just a glimpse of Kenan, but establishes him as --- without mincing words --- a bully. In only a few pages, Yang and Bogdanovic introduce not only our star character and his defining trait, but a wider look at the DC Universe’s Shanghai, which, just like Metropolis, Gotham or Central City, has its own super-powered problems to deal with.

Check out the preview below:

 

Bernard Chang

 

Here are the full solicitation details:

NEW SUPER-MAN #1
Written by GENE LUEN YANG
Art and cover by VICTOR BOGDANOVIC
Variant cover by BERNARD CHANG
Retailers: This issue will ship with two covers. Please see the order form for details.
"MADE IN CHINA" Chapter One: An impulsive act of heroism thrusts an arrogant young man into the limelight of Shanghai as China begins to form its own Justice League of powerful heroes. Rising from the ashes of The Final Days of Superman, award-winning writer Gene Luen Yang and on-the-rise art star Victor Bogdanovic introduce readers to Kong Kenan -- the New Super-Man! When the world needed a new hero, China made him!
On sale JULY 13 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

 

We're Excited About Kenan, But Not All Super-Men Get It Right... 

 

Or Look So Sharp...