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Superman: Kal-El Returns Reading Order Checklist

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For more than a year’s worth of comics, Superman (aka Kal-El aka Clark Kent) has been off-planet. As detailed in Action Comics, he’s been staging an uprising on Warworld, a gladiatorial world harshly ruled by Mongul. While Superman has busy with that, his son Jon Kent has filled the void in Metropolis. Taking up the mantle of Superman, Jon has been learning what it takes to walk in his father’s shoes.

In the Superman: Kal-El Returns crossover event, readers will see Superman’s triumphant return from Warworld. This will see Kal-El reunite with his family, friends, and peers. However, the father and son Supermen will be required to team up to take on the threat of Lex Luthor.

Below you’ll find a reading order for Superman: Kal-El Returns. Not only does it give the recommended way to read this crossover, but also other helpful details such as background reading, creative teams, and release dates. Through this checklist, you won’t miss out on any action!

Action Comics #1043 cover by Dale Eaglesham and Brad Anderson.
Action Comics #1043 cover by Dale Eaglesham and Brad Anderson.

Background reading

Want to get some context before reading Superman: Kal-El Returns? The below comics will get you up to speed with what has been happening for Superman/Kal-El and his son Superman/Jon Kent.

Superman: Warworld Saga
Written by Phillip Kennedy Johnson. At by Sami Basri, Adriana Melo, and Miguel Mendonca, Brandon Peterson, and Will Conrad.

Want to read Superman’s adventures in Warworld? You’ll want to check out Action Comics #1030-1046 and Superman: Warworld Apocalypse.

Superman: Son of Kal-El
Written by Tom Taylor. Art by John Timms and Cian Tormey.

Superman: Son of Kal-El is a comic series that focuses on Jon Kent as Superman. This series garnered lots of attention for it’s 5th issue, where Jon came out as bisexual. Read Superman: Son of Kal-El #1-15 if you want to read everything up until Kal-El Returns.

Action Comics #1047 cover by Steve Beach.
Action Comics #1047 cover by Steve Beach.

Kal-El Returns reading order

Below is the recommended reading order in order to read all of Kal-El Returns.

Action Comics #1047 (Part 1)
Written by Phillip Kennedy Johnson. Art by Riccardo Federici and David Lapham.
Available 27th September.

Superman: Son of Kal-El #16 (Part 2)
Written by Tom Taylor. Art by Cian Tormey.
Available 11th October.

Action Comics #1048 (Part 3)
Written by Phillip Kennedy Johnson. Art by Mike Perkins and David Lapham.
Available 25th October.

Superman: Son of Kal-El #17 (Part 4)
Written by Tom Taylor. Art by Cian Tormey.
Available 8th November.

Action Comics #1049 (Part 5)
Written by Phillip Kennedy Johnson. Art by Mike Perkins and David Lapham.
Available 22nd November.

Superman: Kal-El Returns Special (Tie-in)
Written by Mark Waid, Sina Grace, Alex Segura, and Marv Wolfman. Art by Max Raynor, Dean Haspiel, Jack Herbert, and Clayton Henry.
Available 29th November.

Note: Superman: Kal-El Returns Special contains multiple stories that spotlight Superman’s reunion with Batman, Jimmy Olsen, The Justice League, and others. It also includes a stealth tie-in to Dark Crisis on Infinite Earths.

Superman: Son of Kal-El #18 (Part 6)
Written by Tom Taylor. Art by Cian Tormey.
Available 20th December.

Action Comics #1050 (Part 7)
Written by Phillip Kennedy Johnson, Tom Taylor, and Joshua Williamson. Art by Mike Perkins, Clayton Henry, and Nick Dragotta.
Available 27th December.

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After Kal-El Returns

The solicitations for Action Comics #1050 promise a new era of Superman comics. That’s likely to begin in January’s Action Comics #1051. We’ll update this section when DC has revealed more information.

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