While The Flash has beaten Superman in races before in the DC Universe, is the Man of Steel’s son Jon Kent faster than the Fastest Man Alive?
Warning! Spoilers ahead for Superman: Son of Kal-El #4
In DC Comics’ Superman: Son of Kal-El, Jon Kent may be faster than the Flash himself. While it used to be a long-running debate about whether or not the Man of Steel is faster than the Fastest Man Alive, the Flash has more often than not been the winner thanks to his connection to the Speed Force in the comics, slowing up whenever he’s officially raced Superman for charity to put on a good show. However, the new Superman might just be faster than Wally West’s Scarlet Speedster.
In Superman: Son of Kal-El #4 from writer Tom Taylor and artist Daniele Di Nicuolo, the Kent Farm is blown up almost as soon as it is confirmed that the original Man of Steel has left Earth, heading for Warworld to face the oppression of Mongul. However, this is was done less to spite Kal-El and more to wound Jon Kent due to his words and actions in opposition to President Bendix, the corrupt leader of the nation of Gamorra. Not only is Bendix is being set up to be the New Superman’s own Lex Luthor, but he’s also using meta-humans against their will, using one with incredibly destructive capabilities by dropping her out of a plane to be used as a living bomb on the Kent Farm.
Thankfully, Jon is able to get his family and future boyfriend, Jay Nakamura, out of the house in time before it blows up. Having interacted with this meta before, Jon knows that she’s just as much a victim as anyone else. However, the incoming Justice League doesn’t know that. Seeing as how it looks as though the farm has been attacked by a supervillain, Jon has to get to the girl before the Flash starts an unnecessary brawl, which means that Jon needs to get to her before the Fastest Man Alive, making it an unofficial race between the New Superman and Wally West.
While one could argue that the Flash isn’t aware he is racing and would potentially run faster if he knew otherwise, the Justice League are supposed to be monitoring and protecting the Kent Farm. Seeing as how it gets destroyed on their watch as soon the Kal-El leaves, it stands to reason that Wally is probably moving as fast as he can. Either way, it still stands that Jon beats the Flash, making it 1-0 for the New Superman while also possibly confirming that he’s faster than Wally West.
This also confirms words from Batman in previous issues when he noted that Jon’s unique physiology as a human/Kryptonian hybrid might actually make him a stronger and more powerful Superman than his father. As a result, beating the Flash in a race makes sense. However, without a connection to the Speed Force, it’s likely that the New Superman can’t time-travel or traverse alternate dimensions as the Flash can, no matter how fast he might be.
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