Superman's "Dangerous" New Power Spotlights Hero's Comic Book Revival

Mysterious change will make Superman "very unstable," says DC CCO Geoff Johns
John Romita Jr./DC Entertainment

Look, up in the sky! It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s — actually, what is going on with the Man of Steel, anyway? As this week’s issue of DC Entertainment’s Superman reveals, after 75 years, Metropolis’ favorite superhero is getting a makeover, with a revised costume design and a worrying new power.

Although details on both the new costume and new power are being kept under wraps until the issue is released on Wednesday, writer (and DC Entertainment Chief Creative Officer) Geoff Johns told USA Today that the new power is “definitely the most destructive power Superman has. And he’s not exactly excited about it because it is so dangerous and there are consequences.”

The new power — which Johns described as “very unstable and something that Superman’s going to have to deal with for quite a while” — will come as part of Johns’ run on the Superman series with artist John Romita Jr., which launched last summer. The writer sees their collaboration as an attempt to rejuvenate the icon.

He describes “reading everything they had done” with the character post DC’s 2011 line-wide reboot and thinking, “Ok, this is what I think the character hasn’t experience yet emotionally and could learn something or change or grow or be challenged by something emotionally [he hasn’t] been before.”

Despite the new power and revised costume, Johns says that the aim of his first collaboration with Romita on the character is really about the emotional journey for the Man of Steel. “Where [Superman] ends up in this, that was kind of eye-opening and new,” he said. And if the new powers and costume make things even more eye-opening, all the better.

Superman No. 38 will be in comic stores and available digitally on Wednesday.

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