After weeks of speculation, the work that Brian Michael Bendis will take on for DC Comics now that he’s joined the company after almost 20 years at Marvel Comics has been revealed. The man that tackled Spider-Man and Daredevil and more will now go up up and away with Superman.
According to Forbes, Bendis will be taking over the writing duties on both the monthly Superman and Action Comics series starting with a weekly Man of Steel miniseries in May that includes art from Ivan Reis, Evan “Doc” Shaner, Ryan Sook, Kevin Maguire, Adam Hughes, and Jason Fabok.
“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,” Bendis said. “We’re going to dig in very hard, this is one of my goals, to be as 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!”
Bendis work with the last son of Krypton actually begins in April with a story in Action Comics #1000 which will be the first part of the bigger story he’s telling in the Man of Steel miniseries. Along with his work on Superman, it’s now been confirmed that Bendis Jinxworld imprint of comics formerly published as part of Marvel’s Icon Imprint will be now published by DC Comics as well and will reprint stories as well as include new stories.
Following the end of the miniseries, Bendis will be writing a relaunched Superman series which debuts with a new issue #1 on July 11 while Action Comics picks up with #1001 on July 25. While Bendis will write both reportedly they will maintain their own separate tones & directions with Superman described as an adventure-driven book and Action Comics focused on the daily life of Clark Kent. Action Comics will delve into Clark Kent’s daily life.
“The fallout of Man of Steel #6 is enormous,” Bendis said. “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.”
Before the miniseries begins Bendis will also contribute a story to DC Nation #0 with artist José Luis García-López on May 2 for Free Comic Book Day.