Superboy, Power Girl and More Officially Debut Their New Costumes

Jan 24, 2023 · 28


The following contains spoilers for Action Comics #1051, on sale now from DC Comics.

The Super-Family's heroes finally have their new costumes in Action Comics #1051.

During a Superman panel held at New York Comic Con 2022, DC unveiled new super suits for Superman/Jon Kent, Supergirl/Kara Zor-El, Superboy/Conner Kent, Steel/Natasha Irons, Super-Man of China/Kong Kenan and the Super-Twins Osul-Ra and Otho-Ra. The redesigns were created by artist Dan Mora and strip the heroes of their capes, giving them removable jackets over sleek outfits instead. These costumes make their official debut in "Speeding Bullets, Part I" by writer Phillip Kennedy Johnson and artist Rafa Sandoval, while Power Girl/Kara Zor-L and Omen/Lilith Clay are given their own revamped attire in the issue's backup story "Head Like a Whole: Part One."

Symbolic and Practical Reasons for the New Super Suits

No in-universe explanation is given within "Speeding Bullets, Part I" for why most of the Super-Family now has new costumes, nor why Superman and Steel/John Henry Irons elected to keep their classic suits instead. It is shown in the issue, however, that Otho and Osul are gifted their suits as a formal welcome to the House of El by Supergirl and the entire Super-Family. Superman Clark Kent met the twins during Action Comics' "Warworld Saga," and after successfully liberating Warworld's slaves, he and Lois adopted the two superpowered children.

As for Power Girl and Omen, they show off similar jacketed costumes designed by artist Marguerite Sauvage, who worked on "Head Like a Whole" alongside writer Leah Williams. Although there is also no given reason for why these two heroes now have new suits, Power Girl does explain why hers keeps the "boobs window" declared a "recognizable element" by Sauvage on social media. According to the hero, she prefers the added "ventilation" to avoid "boob sweat," but Omen elects to not replicate the keyhole for her new threads.

Where Is Jon Kent's Electric Blue Superman Suit?

Even after Action Comics #1051, however, there is still one long-teased super suit that has still not officially debuted as of writing: Jon Kent's "Electric Blue" outfit. Another Mora design was unveiled at NYCC to accompany Jon's Electric Blue powers that he seemingly gets in Superman: Son of Kal-El #18, and fully displays later in Lazarus Planet: Assault on Krypton #1. Despite being shown on the cover for Assault on Krypton, Jon does not don the Electric Blue costume in the issue. It may still appear in the future, since Jon can be seen wearing it on artwork for his upcoming miniseries, Adventures of Superman: Jon Kent.

Along with Johnson, Sandoval, Williams and Sauvage, across Action Comics #1051's three stories, the anthology issue features the work of writer Dan Jurgens, artist Lee Weeks, colorists Matt Herms and Elizabeth Breitweiser, and letterers Dave Sharpe, Rob Leigh and Becca Carey. Main cover art for the issue is by Mora, with variant cover artwork contributed to by Sandoval, Weeks, Herms, Steve Beach, Brad Anderson, Jorge Fornés, Sergio Davila, Jordi Tarragona, Luis Guerrero, David Nakayama, Jack Herbert, Alex Guimarães and Warren Louw. The issue is on sale now from DC Comics.

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