Kong Kenan is the Super-Man of China. Initially a self-centered bully who cared only for himself, Kenan was changed after standing up to Blue Condor and receiving the powers of Superman, whom he greatly respects. Kenan is brash, headstrong and frequently rushes into situations without thinking, although he has the best of intentions.
Kong Kenan[note] was born to Kong Zhongdan and Kuang Maitai. His parents were believers of Truth, Democracy and Justice, with his mother being a member of the Freedom Fighters of China known as the Liberty Goddess. Unfortunately his mother was killed in a plane accident when Kenan was young, causing his father to join the Freedom Fighters, although Kenan only found out about his parents' roles in the Freedom Fighters at a much later date. Due to the nature of his mother's death, Kenan would often bully Luo Lixxin, who was the son of Luo Longde, who owned the airliner his mother died on.
Becoming the New Super-Man
One day while beating up Lixxin, his victim was attacked by Blue Condor, a super villain member of the Freedom Fighters. Reacting out of instinct, Kenan threw a soda can at Blue Condor's head, causing him to flee the scene. This was recorded by Laney Lan, a reporter, who heralded him as a hero. Picking up on Kenan's success the Ministry of Self-Reliance's director Doctor Omen decided to pick him for their Super-Man of China project. Upon being promised the powers of Superman Kenan travelled to their facility where he was imbued with the life force of the dead Kryptonian.
Upon emerging from the power imbuing chamber Kenan began trying out his new powers. When he refused to stand down, Doctor Omen sent in the Bat-Man and the Wonder-Woman of China to deal with Kenan. During the fight, Kenan's powers stopped working and he was taken down by the pair. Upon waking up, Kenan was suspended from leaving the complex. However, during a mission briefing for Bat-Man and Wonder-Woman, Kenan noticed that he had the passcode to the homestead they were heading to. After begrudging being sent on the mission by Doctor Omen to save Wei Li, C.E.O. of the biggest network support company in the Nation from the Freedom Fighter, Sunbeam. Even though Wonder-Woman and Bat-Man told him not to engage Sunbeam, he saw Wei Li in danger so he punched Sunbeam. She then shot Kenan with a solar beam causing him to power up and defeat Sunbeam. Laney Lan then arrived and he revealed to the World that he was Kong Kenan the New Super-Man, and that he, Bat-Man and Wonder-Woman were the Justice League of China.
Hawke & Kong
While temporarily watching over Metropolis at Superman's request, Kenan encountered Connor Hawke on his way over to visit his mother with a delicate jar of kimchi. After the two teamed up to defeat a rampaging LexCorp experiment, Hawke quietly left, dejected over accidentally breaking the jar and annoyed with Super-Man's unintentional glory-hogging. Feeling bad, Kenan flew to China and bought him pao cai, a dish with similarities to the Korean kimchi. Hawke's great-aunt invited him to stay for dinner, eating the pao cai together along with it.
Powers and Abilities
- Divine Empowerment: Kenan became the living embodiment of the principles Yin and Yang after the mantle was passed to him by his teacher, I-Ching.
- Magic: Kenan is capable of manipulating his connection to the path of his qi to disperse malevolent entities of yang or close mystical gateways connected to qi.
- Magic Immunity: Kenan seems to be immune to, or at least, highly resistant towards magic.
- Photo–Umbrakinesis: Kenan is able to infuse his qi with light and darkness, which seems to augment his powers.
- Yang Power Boost: While harnessing the all-yang portion of his abilities, Kenan is able to augment his natural Kryptonian Qi abilities and control over them beyond the regular norm. Enough to even resist the assault of the Lantern Corps of China's Kryptonite enhanced beams.
- Yin Ghosting Abilities: Using the all-yin portion of his powers, Super-Man becomes a wraith like being who can phase through matter and energy; as well as K-Rad energy.
- Dimensional Travel: Through concentration and focusing his Qi, Super-Man can channel his ghostly Yin form in order to travel to the realm of ghosts and back. For the return trip he needed assistance from I-Ching to do it.
- Psychokinesis: Kenan can manipulate and shape matter and energy through his own qi energy.
- Kryptonian Qi Manipulation: Kenan's Kryptonian powers are the result of being infused with Superman's life energy, or qi, and are organized around the Bagua--eight trigrams used in Taoism to represent the fundamental principles of reality. Each of Kenan's powers is believed to correspond to a different trigram.
- Flight: Kenan's ability to fly corresponds to Trigram 7 of the Bagua (Qián). He can activate this power by focusing his qi into his head.
- Heat Vision: Kenan's heat vision corresponds to Trigram 5 of the Bagua (Lí). He can activate this power by focusing his qi into his eyes.
- Invulnerability: Kenan's invulnerability corresponds to Trigram 0 of the Bagua (Kūn). He can activate this power by focusing his qi into his stomach.
- Super-Breath: Kenan's super-breath corresponds to Trigram 6 of the Bagua (Duì). He can activate this power by focusing his qi into his mouth.
- Superhuman Hearing: Kenan's super-hearing corresponds to Trigram 2 of the Bagua (Kǎn). He can activate this power by focusing his qi into his ears.
- Superhuman Speed: Kenan's super-speed corresponds to Trigram 4 of the Bagua (Zhèn). He can activate this power by focusing his qi into his feet.
- Superhuman Strength: Kenan's super-strength corresponds to Trigram 1 of the Bagua (Gèn). He can activate this power by focusing his qi into his hands.
- X-Ray Vision: Kenan's x-ray vision corresponds to Trigram 3 of the Bagua (Xùn). This power has a "penetrating" characteristic that allows him to see through even mystical illusions. He can activate this power by focusing his qi into his thighs.
- Power Instability (Formerly): So far Kenan has only learned to activate his powers one at a time and cannot use them simultaneously. Furthermore, by losing his focus, the level of his abilities tend to fluctuate. Due to synchronizing with a mystical artifact known as the Red Jade Dragon, Kenan was finally able to rid himself of these limitations.
- Vulnerability to Kryptonite: Like Kryptonians, Kenan is weakened by Kryptonite. However, exposure is non-lethal since he is basically not a real kryptonian.
- Containment Suit
- Kenan's birth name is typically presented using Chinese naming conventions, which give surnames first. Kenan is his given name, while Kong is the family name.
- 53 Appearances of Kong Kenan (Prime Earth)
- 68 Images featuring Kong Kenan (Prime Earth)
- 9 Quotations by or about Kong Kenan (Prime Earth)
- Character Gallery: Kong Kenan (Prime Earth)
- New Super-Man #5
- New Super-Man #1
- Superman: The Final Days of Superman
- New Super-Man #2
- Superman (Volume 4) #14
- Superman (Volume 4) #16
- DC Festival of Heroes: The Asian Superhero Celebration #1
- New Super-Man #18
- New Super-Man and the Justice League of China #20
- New Super-Man and the Justice League of China #22
- New Super-Man and the Justice League of China #23
- New Super-Man and the Justice League of China #24
- New Super-Man #9
- New Super-Man #17
- New Super-Man #14
- New Super-Man #16
- New Super-Man #11
- New Super-Man #12
- New Super-Man #10
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