DC Comics released an infographic revealing the name of Superman's new power: Super Flare.
The Super Flare is an ability connected to Superman’s heat vision that emerges for the first time during his desperate battle with Ulysses. Superman’s plan to save Ulysses’ adopted world didn’t work out and his former friend is out for revenge.
Superman gets his powers from Earth's yellow sun, making him a giant solar battery, so perhaps when he uses Super Flare he expels that stored up energy in the form of a giant blast.
The power emerged during a fight with Ulysses in the final chapter of “The Men of Tomorrow” arc by writer Geoff Johns and artist John Romita Jr. Ulysses is a super-human who can absorb energy and use it to achieve Superman-level strength and flight in addition to a variety of other powers. When Superman blasted Ulysses with his heat vision, Ulysses began to absorb it, but suddenly Superman started to glow, setting off his new Super Flare power. The power was enough to end the fight, knocking out Ulysses and causing Superman to pass out.
Later, Batman explains to a battle-worn Superman, “It looks like your heat vision is actually a precursor to another ability you possess. You unleashed the energy stored in every one of your cells. You created a solar flare, Clark. A super flare.”
The conclusion of the “Men of Tomorrow” storyline by Geoff Johns, John Romita Jr. and Klaus Janson, the new issue apparently climaxes with the unleashing of what the writer calls:
“The most destructive power Superman has.And he's not exactly excited about it because it is so dangerous and there are consequence. It's not going to be suddenly he can levitate things. It's something that is going to be very unstable and something that Superman's going to have to deal with for quite a while", Johns said.
New Costume for the Man of Steel:
In addition to the new power, a new costume for the Man of Steel has also been teased for tomorrow's issue of Superman. These two changes are coming about in the finale of the Men of Tomorrow arc, which sees Superman battling a super-human named Ulysses.
The new costume still has a New 52 feel to it with the suit lines, collar, wrist guards, and lack of red trunks, but the armor look has been toned down considerably, lending itself to more of a classic, cloth-material look. Not as big a departure as a blinding, destructive power, but notable nonetheless.
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