In Superman: Son of Kal-El #4, Jon Kent shows that he is already embracing his father’s revised motto of “Truth, Justice, and a Better Tomorrow.”
WARNING: The following contains spoilers for Superman: Son of Kal-El #4, on sale now from DC Comics.
During DC Fandom, it was announced by Jim Lee that Superman’s motto would officially be changed to “Truth, Justice, and a Better Tomorrow.” It’s a big change from “the American Way,” which the character has been affiliated with for decades. If the actions of Jon Kent in Superman: Son of Kal-El #4 (by Tom Taylor, Daniele Di Nicuolo, Hi-Fi and Dave Sharpe) are any indication, the new Superman appears to already be fully embracing his father’s new motto.
Jon has recently accepted the passing of the baton after the Man of Steel made it clear that his son is the new Superman. Operating under his new mantle, Jon’s actions thus far haven’t been limited to problems in America. He has tackled global issues and has become a social justice warrior in every sense of the word.
Jon’s recent activities include stopping a school shooter at Metropolis University, who hates how integrated, progressive and liberal the school is, as well as rescuing people from a falling tower in Coast City with his dad, grabbing pets as well, in a small statement on animal rescue. Jon also saves a man, a post-human who’s a walking firestorm in California, playing on the wildfires that occur in countries like Australia.
What’s worth noting is this guy, as well as the quake-starting Faultline, are all folks Jon shows compassion and empathy for. He doesn’t just turn them over to the authorities and discard their memories — he hugs and comforts them, even actively taking a stand against police brutality, as the alleged perpetrators have rights and deserve due process. The biggest missive, though, comes when Jon saves Gamorran refugees on a boat and brings them to Metropolis. He stands up for them and ensures that they are not abused because of their status as illegal immigrants.
Jon allows himself to be arrested at a protest, only to be bailed out after the 45 minute debacle went global. Reports have painted the new Superman as a beacon of hope and a paragon of virtue for the entire world. This is the dream he hoped for after his best friend, Damian Wayne, urged him to stop fighting the symptoms and instead, be the cure.
With social media, optics and the woke culture all supporting him, Jon has stepped into the fire and is gladly embracing change. Jon is actively making the world aware of injustice, inequality and transgressions against the marginalized. It truly is a meta statement from the medium as Jon is very proactive, socially-minded and compassionate in creating this cosmopolitan society.
Jon Kent’s new mission statement is making him headline news, and garnishing him a wave of attention that rivals his father’s popularity. This modern spin on heroism matches today’s digital age and ultimately solidifies Jon as the Superman of Tomorrow.
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