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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.

Early Life

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.[1] 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.[2]

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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.[2] Upon being promised the powers of Superman Kenan travelled to their facility where he was imbued with the life force of the dead Kryptonian.[3]

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.[4] 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.[4]

Kenan was among the many Supermen of the multiverse who were kidnapped by the Prophecy to steal their powers, but they were freed by the Justice Incarnate.[5][6]

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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.[7]

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A Chinese journalist working to discover the secret identity of the American Superman mysteriously died, apparently as a result of a sudden and unexplained increase in the temperature of a localised area of his brain. Bat-Man suspected that he had been murdered by Kryptonian heat vision and asked Kenan to go to America and investigate the Superman Family. Kenan moved to Metropolis and worked on many missions with the Super-Family, eventually coming to realise that they could not be responsible for the journalist's death. The Super-Family eventually invited him to join the team officially but the Super-Twins objected, having learned he was spying on them. Kenan admitted the truth and why he had come to America, but also that he no longer believed they had murdered the reporter. He asked them to simply tell him their secret identities so he could tell Bat-Man they checked out, but they refused. Kenan had his robot assistant Robinpod scan the Super-Twins and matched the mud on their boots to the Kent Farm. He deduced that Superman was Clark Kent and suddenly suffered a massive brain aneurysm.[8]

Kenan's soul passed on to The In-Between, but Master I-Ching met him at the threshold of the afterlife and taught him to use his qi to come back from the dead. When he revived the Superman Family explained that Lex Luthor had put a psychic bomb in the minds of everyone on Earth that would kill them if they learned Superman's secret identity, which is why they had refused to tell him. Now that he knew the truth and had survived, they were happy to tell him anything he wanted to know, but suddenly Bat-Man burst in and attacked the Super-Family, as Kenan's vital signs had suddenly stopped and he thought they had murdered Kenan. Kenan tried to stop the fight but Robinpod told Kenan that if he explained what had happened to Bat-Man, he would inevitably deduce that Clark Kent was Superman and die. The only way to save his friend was to fake a defection from the Justice League of China to America and the Super-Family, which he reluctantly did.[9]

Powers

  • 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.[10]
    • 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.[10]
    • Magic Immunity: Kenan seems to be immune to, or at least, highly resistant towards magic.[10]
    • PhotoUmbrakinesis: Kenan is able to infuse his qi with light and darkness, which seems to augment his powers.[11]
      • 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.[12]
        • Eldritch Blast: Whenever Kenan loses control over his emotional state he will often release a bright white light of raw energy. It is more than just a physical effect on the surroundings as it could even overload the energy absorber Sleez of Apokolips.[11]
      • 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.[13]
        • Electro-Blast: In yin form Kenan can deliver a mild electrostatic shock from his fingertips.[13]
    • 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.[14]
    • Psychokinesis: Kenan can manipulate and shape matter and energy through his own qi energy.[11]
    • Resurrection: Kenan can focus his qi to return from death.[9]
  • Kryptonian Qi Manipulation: Kenan's Kryptonian powers are the result of being infused with Superman's life energy, or qi[2], 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.[15]
    • Solar Energy Absorption: Due to his powers originating from an infusion with Kryptonian Qi Kenan can absorb yellow sunlight to temporarily boost or restore his powers. When Sunbeam shot him in the face with her solar-powered cannon it immediately restored Kenan's super-strength.[4]
    • Flight: Kenan's ability to fly corresponds to Trigram 7 of the Bagua (Qián).[16] He can activate this power by focusing his qi into his head.
    • Heat Vision: Kenan has the ability to fire beams of concentrated heat from his eyes.[2] By pushing his heat vision to its limits he was able to defeat Emperor Super-Man.[17] Kenan's heat vision corresponds to Trigram 5 of the Bagua ().[17] He can activate this power by focusing his qi into his eyes.
    • Invulnerability: Kenan's body is highly resistant to all forms of damage. He can easily shrug off explosions and powerful impacts[4] and bullets just bounce off him[18], strong acids can cause him pain but not injuries[19] and most energy blasts are unable to damage him.[20] A prolonged blast of Emperor Super-Man's heat vision was able to hurt Kenan but left no lasting damage.[17] Kenan's invulnerability corresponds to Trigram 0 of the Bagua (Kūn).[15] He can activate this power by focusing his qi into his stomach.
    • Super-Breath: Kenan can freeze his targets with his breath. Kenan's super-breath corresponds to Trigram 6 of the Bagua (Duì).[21] He can activate this power by focusing his qi into his mouth. He can also use this ability to freeze targets.[7]
    • Superhuman Hearing: Kenan can hear sounds from far away and with greater clarity than a normal human.[22] Kenan's super-hearing corresponds to Trigram 2 of the Bagua (Kǎn).[15] He can activate this power by focusing his qi into his ears.
    • Superhuman Speed: Kenan has the ability to move at vast superhuman speed. While his top speed is unknown he shown to be able to keep up with Flash and run on water, while using his speed everything around him appears to stand still.[23] Kenan's super-speed corresponds to Trigram 4 of the Bagua (Zhèn).[23] He can activate this power by focusing his qi into his feet.
      • Superhuman Reflexes: Kenan can react to his environment with far greater speed than a normal person. When he heard a truck braking to avoid hitting a child Kenan instinctively burts out of the window and stopped the truck with his body in a few seconds.[22]
      • Molecular Acceleration: Kenan can vibrate his molecular structure at super-speed.[23]
    • Superhuman Strength: Kenan possesses Kryptonian-levels of physical strength. He can effortlessly lift and and throw heavy objects[4], hurl people away with his blows and cause earthquakes by striking the ground.[20] He has displayed enough strength to hurt another human empowered by Kryptonian qi with his blows like Emperor Super-Man.[17] Kenan's super-strength corresponds to Trigram 1 of the Bagua (Gèn).[15] He can activate this power by focusing his qi into his hands.
    • X-Ray Vision: Kenan has the ability to see through other beings[25] and structures.[23] Kenan's x-ray vision corresponds to Trigram 3 of the Bagua (Xùn).[25] This power has a "penetrating" characteristic that allows him to see through even mystical illusions.[21] He can activate this power by focusing his qi into his thighs.

Abilities

Weaknesses

  • 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.[17]

Equipment

  • Containment Suit[2]


  • 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.

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