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DC's Superman Comic Gets A #1 Relaunch With Brian Bendis Writing

The former Marvel writer will be working on a mini-series, which leads into the new comic Superman.

Last November, longtime Marvel Comics writer Brian Michael Bendis shocked comic book fandom by leaving the company to write for DC. Months later, his role at the new company has been revealed: he'll be leading the way on a weekly miniseries, which is a lead-in to a brand new Superman book.

Bendis makes his debut in April with Jim Lee in Action Comics #1000, but in the following month, he will be helming Man of Steel, a six-issue weekly miniseries. The comic, which features six interconnected covers by Ivan Reis and Joe Prado--seen below--is a retelling of Krypton's final days as well as Kal-El's journey to becoming Superman. In addition, a new villain will be introduced to the DCU and a secret about Krypton's destruction will be revealed. Joining Bendis for this miniseries are artists Ivan Reis, Evan "Doc" Shaner, Ryan Sook, Kevin Maguire, Adam Hughes, and Jason Fabok.

Covers 1-4 for Man of Steel. Courtesy of DC Comics
Covers 1-4 for Man of Steel. Courtesy of DC Comics

Following Man of Steel, Bendis will be writing Superman #1, which debuts on July 11. Ivan Reis will be supplying the art for the book. In addition, Bendis will join artist Patrick Gleason when he takes over for Action Comics, starting with issue #1001 on July 25.

In addition to Superman, Bendis' noir crime titles, including Jinx, Powers, Scarlet, and more will find a new home at DC. Some of his Jinxworld series like Brilliant, Total Sellout, and Fire, Fortune, & Glory will be available in the digital format this spring. DC revealed that there will be new stories from the Powers, Scarlet, and The United States of Murder INC series throughout 2018.

Brian Michael Bendis is best known for his long comic runs at Marvel, which primarily includes Ultimate Spider-Man, which kickstarted the Ultimate Comics line at the publisher. He and artist Sara Pichelli are credited for the creation of the second Ultimate Spider-Man, Miles Morales. Bendis' work has also made it to the small screen, with Powers, a show about a former superhero turned police officer that ran for two seasons on the PlayStation Network.

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Posted By Dernman

i miss G-man

G-Man has his own Comic Blog now. He post regularly there. Sadly it doesn't have the community forum like ComicVine does though he has a comment section for his articles

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Posted By Warlockmage

I can see it now... Jon Lane Kent was always Black and strangely looked like Bendis' adopted Son but some genetic anomaly caused him to appear white. Of course this will be corrected when Bendis takes over. Jon also has some weird PiS'y energy power that works whenever he remembers to use it and can 1 shot people like Starbreaker and Darkseid but not Batman or Deathstroke

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Posted By Magian

I can see it now... Jon Lane Kent was always Black and strangely looked like Bendis' adopted Son but some genetic anomaly caused him to appear white. Of course this will be corrected when Bendis takes over. Jon also has some weird PiS'y energy power that works whenever he remembers to use it and can 1 shot people like Starbreaker and Darkseid but not Batman or Deathstroke

He already has the Solar Flare.

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Well, rest in peace Superman.

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Posted By PenguinDust

Wow, something new on the front page. Also, I have a very bad feeling about this new direction for Superman. Prove me wrong, Bendis.

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Posted By IceDemonKing

I blame the messenger.

inferiorego this is your fault. Correct your mistake.

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Posted By SaintWildcard

@dernman said:

@lvenger: One thing he said that i've been waiting for a long time to hear is this.

"I have a lot of goals for Superman, one of which is to help turn Metropolis into something as provocative and unique as Gotham City is," Bendis explained. "I think everyone will agree Gotham is one of the most built and best places in all of fictional cities, and Metropolis should follow suit. So Action Comics and DC Nation will be the first hints at how we're going to be building up Metropolis. Both in people and in culture, it'll be more than just the place Superman lives. We'll be taking a good look at a lot of place we haven't looked at before."

heh Hearing those words finally spoken but it coming from Mr. Hit and Miss is.........

Let's just hope it's one of his hits.

I've thought the same thing. Gotham is often called it's own character, so the same should be said for Metropolis. Although where Gotham is a crime haven, Metropolis is more the epicenter of sci fi wackiness.

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Posted By LDM

GG Supes

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Posted By MICKEY-MOUSE

What if it’s good though?

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Posted By Aros001

What if it’s good though?

That's what I'm being cautiously optimistic about. I'll give it a chance before I make any big judgements (though I do feel giving Bendis both Superman and Action Comics is unnecessary).

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Posted By MrAugen

@aros001 said:
@mickey-mouse said:

What if it’s good though?

That's what I'm being cautiously optimistic about. I'll give it a chance before I make any big judgements (though I do feel giving Bendis both Superman and Action Comics is unnecessary).

Agreed on all points, hope for the best, fear for the worst.

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Posted By Hegemon

Help DC, lord almighty.

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@magian said:
@warlockmage said:

I can see it now... Jon Lane Kent was always Black and strangely looked like Bendis' adopted Son but some genetic anomaly caused him to appear white. Of course this will be corrected when Bendis takes over. Jon also has some weird PiS'y energy power that works whenever he remembers to use it and can 1 shot people like Starbreaker and Darkseid but not Batman or Deathstroke

He already has the Solar Flare.

yeah but "technically" so does Superman... no this has to set him apart from his dad and make him "better" like a "sting" or a "touch" ooooooo i know he can drain energy now... that'll be perfect

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Posted By Lvenger

@mickey-mouse: This is Bendis we’re talking about, fat chance it’ll qualify as good.

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@lvenger: It’s about managing talent IMO. Even incredible talent can go bad if they aren’t managed. Also I think DC has a different strategy than Marvel.

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Posted By arctika

I just hope the look won't change back to the undies look. The way he looks now is awesome, good mix of old and new 52 honestly. I don't know much about this guy's writing, I love the current guys though.

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Posted By Thor_Parker82

@jashro44 said:
@thor_parker82 said:

Wait, so Bendis will be writing both Superman titles ?? Damn.

Both Tomasi and Jurgens were doing a phenomenal job, no idea why they changed him, unless he wanted out.

Bendis supposedly jumped ship to DC because he saw a superman exhibit as some library IIRC. Its still insane he would get both plus a mini series but I guess DC is confident in the publicity of Bendis jumping to DC. Obviously this is getting a lot of attention...

Do you mean "in/on" ??

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@dernman: I can admit developing Metropolis as its own world is advantageous for Bendis’ run. But what if you don’t like Mr Hit & Miss’ writing? Then you’re stuck.

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Posted By Manwhohaseverything

I'm not optimistic, but I'll hold judgement until, you know...I"VE READ AN ISSIUE OR TWO!!! I don't have much faith in Bendis, but I also don't have much faith in Comic Vine predictions.

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Posted By Manwhohaseverything

I live just south of Cleveland about 30 miles. (Go Browns..we love ya though you suck so mightily.) And they do have some pretty cool Superman stuff scattered throughout the city. Had no idea Bendis was from here, but so is Brian K Vaughn. I hope Bendis is inspired by the Superman presence here. Maybe, just maybe, the problems was more Marvel's editors than Bendis. Guess we'll all know in about 6 months.

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Posted By jashro44

I live just south of Cleveland about 30 miles. (Go Browns..we love ya though you suck so mightily.) And they do have some pretty cool Superman stuff scattered throughout the city. Had no idea Bendis was from here, but so is Brian K Vaughn. I hope Bendis is inspired by the Superman presence here. Maybe, just maybe, the problems was more Marvel's editors than Bendis. Guess we'll all know in about 6 months.

Yea. Or it could be that Bendis ran out of creativity after 17 years at marvel. A fresh start could be good either way.

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Posted By RabumAlal

Just when DC was getting its shit together... Re-telling of origin, meaning Bendis will ignore all canon and previous stories.

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Posted By Dernman

@lvenger said:

@dernman: I can admit developing Metropolis as its own world is advantageous for Bendis’ run. But what if you don’t like Mr Hit & Miss’ writing? Then you’re stuck.

That's why I was trying to say my feeling were all over the place on his statement. We can only hope he hit it this time and doesn't ruin Superman like he has Guardian's of the Galaxy.

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@dernman said:

@lvenger: One thing he said that i've been waiting for a long time to hear is this.

"I have a lot of goals for Superman, one of which is to help turn Metropolis into something as provocative and unique as Gotham City is," Bendis explained. "I think everyone will agree Gotham is one of the most built and best places in all of fictional cities, and Metropolis should follow suit. So Action Comics and DC Nation will be the first hints at how we're going to be building up Metropolis. Both in people and in culture, it'll be more than just the place Superman lives. We'll be taking a good look at a lot of place we haven't looked at before."

heh Hearing those words finally spoken but it coming from Mr. Hit and Miss is.........

Let's just hope it's one of his hits.

It's interesting but I think it's a misplaced idea. Superman is simply too big for Metropolis, while Gotham is quite literally Batman's entire playground in most of his stories. In order to expand Metropolis in the same way, you'd have to almost lock Superman into it, which is...not a great plan.

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@dernman said:

@lvenger: One thing he said that i've been waiting for a long time to hear is this.

"I have a lot of goals for Superman, one of which is to help turn Metropolis into something as provocative and unique as Gotham City is," Bendis explained. "I think everyone will agree Gotham is one of the most built and best places in all of fictional cities, and Metropolis should follow suit. So Action Comics and DC Nation will be the first hints at how we're going to be building up Metropolis. Both in people and in culture, it'll be more than just the place Superman lives. We'll be taking a good look at a lot of place we haven't looked at before."

heh Hearing those words finally spoken but it coming from Mr. Hit and Miss is.........

Let's just hope it's one of his hits.

It's interesting but I think it's a misplaced idea. Superman is simply too big for Metropolis, while Gotham is quite literally Batman's entire playground in most of his stories. In order to expand Metropolis in the same way, you'd have to almost lock Superman into it, which is...not a great plan.

Not true for two reasons.

  1. Superman has never been too big because no matter where else he travels it's still his main home and base of operations.
  2. Even if that were true that would make it all the more reason to flesh out Metropolis because it has a life all it's own even when Superman is around the world.
  • Maggie Sawyer who's actually a metropolis cop with her own unite to take down Metas. Dan Turpan, Dan Turpin, Lois and the Daily Planet, Luthor and Lex Corp, Gang Buster, Guardian, along with a high tech Intergang.

Seriously this idea that some people have that Superman is too big is just silly.

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Posted By Omega_kai

The trunks do look stupid.

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Posted By iro

so... is he bringing the renumbering gimmick with him from marvel, or what??

also, lol, my condolences to superman fans. who knows, maybe the dude will actually get back to putting in some effort into his work, now that he's out of his comfort zone, and end up doing a worthy continuation for this title...

chances are slim tho.

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Posted By JakeFuryV2

If it fails miserably DC has no one but themselves to blame.

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Posted By LawCol

We'll see. I just want to know when New 52 Superman will be back, and the current one go back home.

Read Superman Rebirth / Reborn Arc (I think it was in Action comics).

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Posted By LawCol

When I heard Bendis was going to DC, I knew part of it was because he wanted to write Superman. Still I was hoping that wouldn't be his first major project. Superman has just been retconned (Rebirth/Reborn Arc) and will probably have some extra retcon in Doomsday clock. Now they give him to Bendis who loves retconning and a #1 issue to play with and both regular Supes titles (so no checks and counters on what he does).

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I am giving the guy a chance. Superman had good runs and bad runs. Bendis superman being one of the bad runs won't end the world for me. This is a reimagining of a superhero by a new author... that's basically what happens to comics on daily basis.

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Posted By Yassassin

Even when he was considered "good", Bendis was never a fit for Superman. His dialogue was so juvenile and jokey, his tones were ether gritty and dark or teenage and obnoxious, and he had wicked crutch for having the having a breakdown. Add this with his current problems: his stern disregard for consistent characterization, his almost insulting treatment of C Listing characters (which let's be honest is where most of Kal's cast resides) and his WANTON EDGINESS, we may be embarking on a run that'll make JMS's look like Allstar Superman.

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Posted By Static Shock

Maybe Bendis will retcon Superman and give him the Sentry treatment.... Smh....

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Edited By Veshark

I'll withhold judgment until the first couple issues are out.

Granted, Bendis' recent runs have featured some truly horrendous/lazy writing and ideas. I'm convinced that Bendis works best on B-list characters; his work on major character titles (Avengers, X-Men, Iron Man) always seemed so mediocre, whereas he shines with second-string/self-created characters where he's given more flexibility and doesn't have to worry too much about legacy (Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Ultimate Spider-Man). Though then again, he did also write what was possibly the worst Moon Knight run in the character's history.

But...he's also been exclusively writing Marvel characters for like a decade at this point. Maybe getting to play in the DC Universe will provide the creative juice for him to tell some truly stellar stories again. Bendis in recent years seemed content to ride on his past work's coattails, and maybe he just got bored of writing Marvel heroes. If we're getting a rejuvenated, excited Bendis, there's a chance that this could prove interesting. If anything, having a gritty street-level writer working on a sci-fi character could prove to be a breath of fresh air as opposed to a bad fit?

Also, the trunks are awesome.

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Posted By StormShadow_X

It actually pains me that the trunks are back.

Not sure why either. His current suit is as perfect as they'll come to a modern day Superman suit. The Trunks were never the most Iconic thing about Supermans Suit.

It was the Colors, Symbol and Cape. The whole point of the trunks was the whole strongman theme which he's evolved from over 30 years ago

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Posted By Lvenger

@veshark: Hey at least your scene from your Bendis writes the Justice League blog might actually happen now that Bendis is over at DC.

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@lvenger said:

@veshark: Hey at least your scene from your Bendis writes the Justice League blog might actually happen now that Bendis is over at DC.

The scene from my blog? Which scene? That scene? From the Justice League blog? Scene.

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Also, the trunks are awesome.

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Posted By MarvelandDCfan24

Zack Snyder butchered Superman no else could do worse on the character

Bendis: Hold my beer

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Posted By SP4RT4N

I'm a bit bummed we can't get an actual redesign for Superman and not just a new pair of boots, or a new belt.... now they're bringing those stupid red undies back?!?

Red undies be damned, I'll still give it a look. I'll give Bendis a couple issues to sell me on 'his' Superman. I'm wondering how the dialogue will go, and I also wonder if he's wanting to flesh out Metropolis because there's a new Metropolis tv series in the works for DC's new streaming service....

IIRC he had a hand in several of the more recent animated series from Marvel/Disney.

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Posted By ParagonxXx

What a nightmare this has turned out to be. Out of all the possible books Bendis could write, he had to get the ONE character he should have stayed away from. Worse, he's going to be writing both books. I'll give Bendis a chance, but I fully expect to be disappointed since Bendis has a bad habit of making controversial decisions that do nothing but enrage the fan base. And that means no Superman for me because I won't have the option of dropping just one book, but both of them. WHY DC did you have to give him BOTH books?!

Why couldn't he have gotten Plastic Man or something? WHY?!

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Posted By StaticSpeedster

Rest in peace. :////

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Posted By Lvenger
@veshark said:
@lvenger said:

@veshark: Hey at least your scene from your Bendis writes the Justice League blog might actually happen now that Bendis is over at DC.

The scene from my blog? Which scene? That scene? From the Justice League blog? Scene.

Hey you've still got the knack for Bendis speak I see.

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Posted By UltimateMidTier

LOL

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