Brian Michael Bendis is going to start his journey with DC Comics by creating Man of Steel, which will be a six-issue weekly miniseries. The Superman story from Bendis will get artwork from the crème de la crème of artists such as Ivan Reis, Evan “Doc” Shaner, Ryan Sook, Kevin Maguire, Adam Hughes and Jason Fabok. The announcement about the series was made yesterday during an interview with Forbes, and the new series will debut on Wednesday, May 30th. A prelude chapter designed by Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez will be released on May 2 as a part of the DC Nation #0 preview sampler.
After the miniseries, Bendis will work on Superman as well as Action Comics. There will be a relaunch of the former with a new #1 issue, whereas Action will continue going ahead with the same numbering, and Bendis’ first issue would be Action Comics #1001.
Overall, the first work of Bendis that we will see in DC Comics will be a ten-page Superman story which will be featured in Action Comics #1000, being 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.”
The six covers for the upcoming series will be created by Reis and Joe Prado, and they will merge to create a single image. The pencils for the initial four covers are shared below.
“[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 about the series. “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.”
This is not the first instance of a long-term Marvel Comics creator switching to DC Comics by starting the new assignment with Superman. Back in 1986, John Byrne made his DCU debut with a six-issue Superman miniseries called The Man of Steel. It was marketed as “The Comics Event of the Century.” The story was a twice-monthly issue, and it retouched the origin story of Superman for the DCU beyond ‘Crisis.’ While we don’t think that Bendis’ story will again reboot Superman’s origins greatly, the cover design does indicate that it will feature the destruction of Krypton and the formative years of Superman as Ma and Pa Kent’s child, as well as some other aspects of his life.
Other than his work on Superman, Bendis is also at the forefront of a custom imprint for DC. The presently unnamed imprint is deeply rooted in the DCU, and “will feature some of Bendis’ all-time favorite characters in very unique and unusual situations, combined with new characters created specifically for this new imprint.”
DC has also revealed that Bendis’ creator-owned series such as Jinx, Torso, Brilliant, etc. are also switching over to DC Comics, and will be released once again in digital format in the spring. You will also see Powers, Scarlet and The United States of Murder come back with fresh issues in 2018, and various yet to be announced new projects.