Comic-Con@Home 2021: Man Of Steel Panel

by Benjamin Hall

The panel’s line up includes artist Mikel Janin, writers Grant Morrison, Phillip Kennedy Johnson, and Tom Taylor. Its host is DC’s editor-in-chief Marie Javins. Each panelists provide information about the Superman family’s current and future status. For example Morrison and Janin talk about working on Superman and The Authority. Yet, they mainly just talk about the first issue’s events. While Johnson and Taylor tease their plans for Action Comics and Superman: Son Of Kal-El, respectively. However, Johnson does frequently mention how he can’t talk about certain plans for Action Comics.

Because of limits on what each creator reveals there are some who might be worrying about the direction of the Superman titles. Specifically how Infinite Frontier #0 (2021) suggests a possible character assassination of Jonathan Samuel Kent/Superman. This is a legitimate concern due to how DC is only recently doing a course correction from other character assassinations. Case in point the character assassination of Wally West/The Flash in Heroes In Crisis (2018-2019) sees reversal in The Flash 2021 Annual (2021). While they do not give any actual assurances of this not being the case Tom Taylor does express great love and some understanding of the character. Taylor, and to an extent Johnson, seem to also have plans for Lois Lane Kent. Yet, what those plans are is unclear

What is clear is there are long term plans for each character. Such as the plan to keep Lois fighting for truth in Superman: Son Of Kal-El. Not to mention that Morrison and Janin’s Superman and The Authority will somehow dovetail into Action Comics and Superman: Son of Kal-El. Thus, like with the Superman titles of the late 1980s to early 1990s there is some assurance (Superman: Panic In The Sky [1993]). At least as far as that editorial and the creators are working together to make a larger storyline out of various pieces. In conclusion there may still be hope for a positive future for Jon Kent and his family.

Superman and The Authority #1 variant cover art by artist Jen Bartel

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