After working for Marvel for almost 20 years, Brian Michael Bendis has signed up with DC Comics to “revamp“ Superman’s line of comic books from the ground up, starting with a change of wardrobe for the character.
Speaking with Forbes, Bendis shared his excitement and how did Dan Didio -DC Comics Co-Publisher- approached him for this job in an “anniversary” edition for the character.
“I’m very excited about this, it’s a very big deal. When I was first approached by DC, there was a lot of speculation about what I would do and what characters I’m interested in. But the one at the top of my list — and it surprised some people — but at the top of my list was Superman. […] Dan goes, ‘There is a possibility we could give you a first shot to write in Action Comics #1000, and make it really a big part of the Superman legacy and our legacy. What if we put our foot down and say this is a big part of the character, where we’re headed is a big thing and we believe in it, so there’s no better place to put it than in Action Comics #1000 with our publisher Jim Lee drawing it.’ And I was like, of course, I’m going to say yes to this!”
But he’s not talking about a small addition to Superman’s backstory or some minor detail, no, something big and major is coming for the Man of Steel.
“In that first story, it’s not just some random backup story or flight of fancy. It is a major chapter in what we’re doing, with some really big bombs we’re dropping in Superman’s life — and two of them happen right there in Action Comics #1000. So it’s a huge tease of what we’re doing and what’s coming up in Superman’s life.”
Before taking up on Action Comics #1000, Bendis will write a six-issue miniseries titled Man of Steel, with every issue drawn by a different artist, Ivan Reis, Doc Shaner, Jason Fabok to name a few and while he couldn’t reveal much, he did tease some of what’s coming for Kal-El, including a brand new villain as well as someone from his past.
“The Man of Steel story will debut a huge new villain, a blockbuster villain who connects deeply to Superman’s origin story and to his birthright. We’re going to dig in very hard, this is one of my goals, to be an additive to Superman as possible. The characters we debut right away, including this new villain, will send ripples of horror across the entire Superman family and beyond!”
But Man of Steel won’t be something that will pass by on Superman’s story, as it will be a “major status quo change” for the Kryptonian.
“The fallout of Man of Steel #6 is enormous. It’s some of the biggest status quo changes to Superman literally since Crisis. So we’ll be launching Superman with a brand new #1, and that’s going to be very Superman-focused and big DC action stories. Action Comics will be launching with #1001, I’m very happy to say, and that will be focused more on Clark and Metropolis and the Daily Planet, and how the world of Superman effects the world of DC.”
But before you get worried, trust Bendis word’s that this won’t be a reboot for the character, just “taking him into surprising areas.”
“For those who are worried, they should not be. The last runs on Superman by Dan Jurgens and Peter Tomasi and Pat Gleason have been phenomenal runs, and my run will be following their runs. We’re not throwing anything out, we’re not abandoning anything, we’re following what’s been going on and taking it to surprising new areas.”
Superman will be relaunched with a new issue #1 on July 11 and Action Comics will pick up with issue #1001 on July 25.
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