When it was announced that Marvel’s Brian Michael Bendis would be leaving for DC last year, speculation on his project for them went into hyperdrive. Some suspected that he would handle a main staple of the company. Some even tried to lead people to believe he was bringing back Plastic Man. We hoped, he would bring some order to that fledging comic Justice League. We were partly correct. He will be taking on the Man of Steel.
We already knew he would be writing one of many stories for the 1000 issue of Action Comics. However, the man will be launching a miniseries, Man of Steel. It is a six-issue miniseries starting on Wednesday, May 30 with a prelude chapter illustrated by Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez will arrive May 2 in the DC Nation #0 preview sampler.
The miniseries will be illustrated by a who’s who of artists, including Ivan Reis, Evan “Doc” Shaner, Ryan Sook, Kevin Maguire, Adam Hughes and Jason Fabok. Nearly a whose who of artist in the DC stable. After the miniseries, he will take on writing duties for both Superman and Action Comics. Superman will be relaunched with an issue #1, while Action Comics will continue on with #1001.
Bendis’ first DC Comics work overall will be a ten-page Superman story in Action Comics #1000, illustrated by Jim Lee. “It’s not just some random backup story or flight of fancy,” Bendis told Forbes. “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.”
“[Man of Steel is] telling the giant new story that’s the status quo, what’s going to be going on with Superman and Metropolis and everything around him,” Bendis said of the project. “Again, it’s following up on the big bombs we drop not only in Action Comics #1000, but following up all of those beats and digging in even deeper.”
DC also announced that Bendis’ creator-owned series —Jinx, Torso, Brilliant, etc. — are also coming to DC Comics, and will be re-released digitally in the spring. Powers, Scarlet and The United States of Murder will all return with new issues in 2018, along with several unannounced new projects.