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Jon Kent heads into the world of DC's Injustice video game in his new comic book series

Adventures of Superman: Jon Kent will see the hero bring hope to the dystopian alternate reality, teases writer Tom Taylor

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We already knew that Jon Kent’s new comic book adventures were going to take the Son of Superman into the multiverse — but now DC and writer Tom Taylor have revealed just where in the multiverse he’s headed: straight into the worlds of the fan-favorite Injustice franchise.

For those who need a quick reminder of what Injustice is: the property launched as a video game in 2013 titled Injustice: Gods Among Us, set in an alternate DC universe where Superman has set himself up as a despot after having gone insane following the death of Lois Lane, setting in motion a conflict between superheroes over humanity’s freedom. Beyond the original video game and its 2017 sequel, Injustice also spanned a prequel comic book series that lasted five years, as well as two follow-ups (Injustice 2 and Injustice: Ground Zero) and a 2020 prequel miniseries, Injustice: Year Zero. Warner Bros. Animation released an animated adaptation of the original comic book series in 2021.

“Injustice for me is a very troubled time,” Taylor — who wrote the majority of the comic book material based on the property — told DC in an interview accompanying the Jon Kent news. “I had so much fun on that book. Obviously, I was on it for years. I think I was originally hired for fifteen [digital] chapters, and I wrote over 150. But there's a lot about Injustice that that rubs me up the wrong way. I don't believe Superman, no matter what happens to him, can become that person. I don't believe Wonder Woman becomes that person. So, for me, it's a really interesting Elseworld, and throwing Jon Kent as sort of that beacon of hope and in a way, quite an innocent character and a character who wants the best for the world, throwing him into that world where his father has become a dictator gives us so much to play with.”

The storyline will begin with the first issue of the upcoming Adventures of Superman: Jon Kent series — written by Taylor, with art by Clayton Henry and colors from Jordie Bellaire — as Jon becomes involved in a multiversal mission to stop Earth-3’s Ultraman from traveling across realities to kill as many Supermen as possible.

“Ultraman is the catalyst for all of this,” Taylor revealed. “This is not a good person, and he's already made Jon's life hell. So, for him to be out there murdering Kal-Els, which we talk about what that does to their worlds and to other worlds. It’s kind of huge. There is this massive confrontation brewing, and you're all going to get to see it take place.”

For those familiar with Jon’s history, the idea of a rematch with Ultraman — who kept Jon prisoner when he was a child, during the Brian Michael Bendis Superman era — is something that’s been a long time coming, and Taylor promises that it’ll be worth the wait. “It was something that I would have loved to have gotten to in [Taylor’s earlier series] Son of Kal-El, but there was just no space really, with everything we needed for Jon, and with the big saga that we told there. So, it was clear that this was the place to do that.”

The new Adventures of Superman series is part of DC’s larger relaunch of the Superman line as part of the Dawn of DC initiative, which started with January’s Action Comics #1051; this month, there’s a new Superman #1 from Joshua Williamson and Jamal Campbell, with Adventures of Superman: Jon Kent launching in March. Look below for a gallery of all the covers to the first issue.

Learn more about DC’s Superman plans right here.