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Monday, October 10, 2022 

Tom Taylor's Son of Kal-El series is ending

It looks like signs have come about, as this Newsarama report on upcoming Superman titles makes clear, that the oh-so big a deal series starring the son of Clark Kent depicted as bisexual - or throughly homosexual - has been a failure nobody's interested in. First:
In conjunction with the launch of the Dawn of the DCU and DC's next major comics crossover event, Lazarus Planet, the publisher has also revealed two new Superman series and format changes for its stalwart Action Comics. All of this and more will begin in 2023, following the conclusion of Dark Crisis on Infinite Earths and Batman vs. Robin.

At its Superman panel at New York Comic Con on Saturday, DC announced that starting with Action Comics #1051 in January, the classic title will have a new format featuring three new story arcs. Each will focus on the Super-Family and its relationship with the world following Superman's massive fight with Lex Luthor in what DC is billing as the "milestone" issue #1050.
It's long been way too late for milestones; they no longer bear meaning in an era where universe-wide crossovers have taken center stage. The news of a crossover should make it clear there's no point wasting money on their output. But now, here's main news to consider:
Meanwhile, Superman: Son of Kal-El, written by Tom Taylor, will end with issue #18 in December. However, Taylor will continue to write about the character in the six-issue limited series Adventures of Superman: Jon Kent, which will debut in January and be drawn by Clayton Henry. (This could knock Taylor out of the running to write the new Justice League series, though, of course, he could also take on both.)
If they're planning to give Taylor the gig in helming Justice League, that won't be shocking, but it will be sad. For now, it's clear the Son of Kal-El series was more or less a flop, even as DC allows for a miniseries starring Jon Kent, written by the same terrible scriptwriter. And it proves nobody cared about characterizing the character as a LGBT activist who also campaigned for climate change. When the liberal politics are that glaring and cliched, you can't expect the masses to flock over and read the series just like that.

This report also says Jon may be wearing an outfit that wasn't very popular when it first appeared in 1997:
Adventures of Superman: Jon Kent seemingly spins out of Lazarus Planet. Jon is wearing an electric Superman Blue suit on the main cover, which at least suggests the series picks up during or after the event itself.
You also have to wonder why they think anybody's interested in seeing this new cast member sport a suit that vanished pretty fast a quarter century ago, or why they think that substitutes for entertainment value and plausibility, if this turns up in-story. Alas, with the way they're going now, it'd be far better to close down the publisher, as will presumably happen in the near future, and these "events" are not worth looking forward to. Certainly not with "Dark" in the titles.

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