Brian Michael Bendis‘ role for DC Comics has been revealed as he’ll be taking over writing duties for both Superman and Action Comics. The transition will include a new six-issue weekly miniseries, Man of Steel which launches in May.
Things begin for Bendis at DC with Action Comics #1000 which will be released in April 18. His contribution will tie directly into his run on Superman. Man of Steel will begin May 30. Man of Steel will include art by Ivan Reis, Evan “Doc” Shaner, Ryan Sook, Kevin Maguire, Adam Hughes, and Jason Fabok.
The prospect of writing Superman is what prompted Bendis to make the switch from Marvel to DC. It began after a trip to Cleveland, the birthplace of the classic character and also where Bendis grew up.
Bendis promises “big bombs” for his contribution to Action Comics #1000. His Man of Steel miniseries will bring an “upheaval” for the character. It brings in a new status quo for the character and debut a new villain who connects to Superman’s origin story and his birthright.
In July, Superman will relaunch with a new #1 while Action Comics will continue with #1001. Superman will be focused on the main character with “action stories” while Action Comics will be focused on Clark, Metropolis, and the Daily Planet.
Bendis run isn’t a reboot and will continue the work of current writer Dan Jurgens, Peter Tomasi, and Pat Gleason. There will be a focus on where the character has come from and the world we live in now.
There wwill also be a contribution to DC Nation #0 by Bendis. That comic releases on May 2 and Bendis is teaming with José Luis García-López, who came out of semi-retirement to do the story with him. That story will set up what’s coming in Action Comics. It’ll “dig deep into what’s going on at the Daily Planet.” The story will also introduce new cast members and new villains.
Expanding the scope of Superman’s city is a focus for Bendis. And it’s clear today’s world is having an impact in Bendis’ writing.
Writing Superman in today’s day and age is a such powerful experience. We live in a world where we’ve heard, ‘Truth, justice, and the American way’ our whole lives, right? But this is the first time those things are really not to be taken for granted.” Continuing, he noted with regret, “Truth has been revealed to not be as black and white as we thought it was; justice is sadly not always for everybody; and the American Dream, the American way of everybody coming here to pursue the idea that they can live a safe and healthy life — these are ideas we always took for granted, but now we don’t. No matter where you are politically, we just don’t take these things for granted anymore.
Even bigger news is that Bendis’ Jinxworld is coming to DC Comics. He describes it as a “genuine partnership” different than previous creator-owned deals the publisher has done before. Does this signal a shift at DC comics as a whole? The answer seems, yes.
The comic book publisher will release the Jinxworld library, which includes Powers, Jinx, Scarlet, A.K.A. Goldfish, Brilliant, Fire, Fortune & Glory, Total Sellout, The United State of Murder Inc. and release it digitally and in print through Jinxworld, through DC Comics. There’ll also be new material and new series. Powers, Scarlet, and The United State of Murder Inc. will get new stories.
Bendis has revealed an imprint for DC, similar to what Gerard Way is doing with DC’s Young Animal. Bendis will overse original content with a variety of characters and creators. The line will be a “select series of special comics” which will debut later this year. Bendis will be writing some and curating others. Some of the comics will feature DC characters in “unique situations.” The deal is described as more robust than Marvel’s printing Jinxworld comics under Marvel’s Icon imprint.
This deal is a “much larger plan by DC to reshape the company’s approach to publishing and relationships with creators and their content, adopting a more “cradle-to-grave” mindset toward the use of their products for existing and new audiences.”
Man of Steel #1-4 connecting covers by Ivan Reis.
Man of Steel #1-2 connecting covers by Ivan Reis.
Man of Steel #3-4 connecting covers by Ivan Reis.