When it was announced that Brian Michael Bendis was leaving Marvel Comic to work for DC, it has been driving the internet nuts not knowing what he will be working on. It seems that he will be telling one of his first stories contributing to the iconic Action Comics #1000, which is due out in April.
ComicBook.com is reporting that he will be one of many people contributing to the special issue. Other sources are claiming that Bendis will be joining the main Superman title, joined by artist Ivan Reis and Joe Prado. Bendis’ contribution will feature his story and illustration by DC Co-Publisher Jim Lee.
The oversized issue will have a main story written by current Superman writer Pete Tomasi and current Action Comics write Dan Jurgens (no illustrators were named at the time), along with back-up stories “featuring an all-star talent lineup,” including one co-written by DC Entertainment President and Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns and Richard Donner, director of the 1978 Superman movie. Action Comics #1000 is scheduled for release on April 18, 80 years to the day of the release of Action Comics #1, the first appearance of the Man of Steel.
Along with the issue itself, DC has announced a hardcover book commemorating 1,000 issues of Action Comics, celebrating 1938’s Action Comics #1 by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, and the decades of pop culture history that followed.
After Bendis’ illness in December, he is still finishing up his final issues for some of his Marvel issues. Much of his DC slate was pushed back to allow him time to recover. It will be interesting to see what he does when it’s finally announced. If it is one of the big three, then his talents will be well utilized.