Superman's Costume is Getting a Design Update

A year after its Rebirth debut, the Man of Steel's costume is undergoing a few minor, but definitely noticeable, changes.

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As revealed by ComicBook.com, the "new" look will debut in April in "Superman" #20, following the events of the "Superman Reborn" storyline that will explore the connections between the current Man of Steel, the un-powered Clark Kent and the mysterious Mr. Oz.

The costume, shown on Patrick Gleason's cover for "Superman" #20, isn't a radical departure like, say, the New 52 redesign. Instead it makes some noteworthy tweaks: Most significantly, the signature red boots are back, although in an apparently metallic form to match Superman's belt, which is now more pronounced and topped off with a shield-shaped gold buckle. The gauntlet-style arms are gone, too, replaced with simple cuffs. We can probably add to the list of changes a more muted shade of blue for the suit.

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However, the red shorts are still missing in action, which will undoubtedly lead to more grumbling from some factions of fandom.

"Superman Reborn" kicks off in March in "Superman" #18, and continues in "Action Comics" #975 and "Superman" #19 before concluding in "Action Comics" #976. "Superman" #20, by Peter J. Tomasi, Patrick Gleason and Mick Gray, goes on sale April 5.

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