This summer Brian Michael Bendis is set to take over the world of Superman at DC Comics, after an almost two-decade run at Marvel Comics. He’ll begin that run with a bit in the landmark Action Comics #1000 in April before diving back into the very foundations of the character with the six-part Man of Steel miniseries in May and June.
After previously releasing some penciled only versions, DC Comics has now released a full look at the colored connecting covers for the six issues of Man of Steel through Twitter. These covers from Ivan Reis and Joe Prado depict numerous memorable moments from Superman’s history including joining the Justice League, finding his spaceship in the Kent’s barn, the destruction and his escape from Krypton, falling in love with Lois land and the Death of Superman storyline along with a final cover featuring a more modern Superman and Supergirl taking on a villain together.
On the third cover with Krypton’s destruction also appears a brand new villain that Bendis is bringing into the story that seems to have some ties to Superman’s 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,” 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!”
A prelude chapter of the story from Bendis and artist Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez will appear in May’s DC Nation #0 followed by the Man of Steel series beginning on May 30. 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