Earlier on Thursday, DC Comics officially confirmed the first full-scale plans for Brian Michael Bendis, following his 17-plus-year stint at Marvel. The miniseries will also feature six interconnected covers by Ivan Reis and Joe Prado (which you can view below via DC Comics).
Bendis will be taking the reins on not one but two of Superman's main titles, and bringing about an entirely new era for the Man of Steel in a six-issue miniseries called, what else, Man of Steel.
Man of Steel, launching May 30, will feature a different artist on each issue, with the art team announced as Ivan Reis, Evan "Doc" Shaner, Ryan Sook, Kevin Maguire, Adam Hughes and Jason Fabok. His first story with the publisher will be in April's landmark Action Comics #1000, and it's now been revealed which titles he will be writing going forward. 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. After that, Bendis' Superman #1 will hit comic book stores on Wednesday, July 11. The one-shot, set for release May 2, will not only include a Man of Steel prelude by Brian Michael Bendis and Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez, but also a prelude to Scott Snyder's Justice League: No Justice and a major turning point in Tom King's Batman romance between Bruce Wayne and Selina Kyle (Catwoman). Bendis notes that the titles will play off of each other, with Superman focusing on big superhero stories and Action looking more at the personal life of Clark Kent, his colleagues at the Daily Planet, and Metropolis as a whole.
Bendis' DC plans go beyond the Last Son of Krypton, however; DC will also be releasing new editions of his creator-owned crime titles under the Jinxworld imprint, with digital editions of titles including Jinx, Torso and Fire available this Spring, ahead of new issues of Powers, Scarlet and The United States of Murder Inc. and, it's promised, all-new characters and concepts to follow in the second half of 2018 and beyond. He also said it will add a special flavor to the DC Universe and involve many of his favorite characters.
It's no surprise to see DC handing over its flagship hero to Bendis in Superman-his track record at Marvel is stellar, and he has decades of experience taking established characters and making them feel fresh. And in case that workload wasn't enough, he'll also curate a new DC imprint, which Bendis compares to Gerard Way's experimental Young Animal franchise. "Action will also take a closer look at how the actions of Superman impact the DC Universe". If you see a piece of merchandise with line art of Superman on it, it was likely drawn by García-López.