DC has already revealed that Brian Michael Bendis’ first post-Marvel work will be Action Comics #1000, with art by Jim Lee – a landmark issue to be sure. But today, the company revealed what the first significant chunk of his work will entail, along with the resurrection of Bendis’ own, classic Jinxworld properties. Bendis, at Marvel, was known for revitalizing flagship properties (Spider-Man, Avengers). Seems DC will do no less and give him a crack at the Man of Steel.
In fact, Bendis’ first title will be called Man of Steel, and it will be a six-issue, weekly series that promises to explore and revitalize Superman’s Kryptonian origins. Then in July, Bendis goes bananas, writing two Superman-centric titles: Superman #1, with art by Ivan Reis. Then Action Comics resumes with issue 1001 with art by Pat Gleason. This promises to spotlight more of Superman’s alter-ego, Clark Kent, and his life at the Daily Planet. Bendis, lest we forget, was actually a journalist for a time, and should deliver interesting insights into life at Metropolis’ paper of record that we’ve never seen.
DC also announced that Bendis’ creator-owned titles – the “Jinxworld” titles – will return, including a digital archive of past classics. Jinx, Torso, Powers, A.K.A. Goldfish, Fortune & Glory, and more. Jinx and Goldfish were the first Bendis titles we read, way back in the day, and dang it, do they hold up as just good, noir-ish fiction. DC also promised new additions to Jinxworld, specifically, “… new stories from continuing series like Powers, Scarlet and The United States Of Murder, Inc., as well as new characters added to the Jinxworld universe throughout 2018 and beyond.”
Finally, the company announced a “Bendis-curated custom imprint of titles,” which 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.”
This last item, though shortest on details, may be what has us most excited to see. Bendis is nothing if not a man of unique sensibilities, and a new take on DC properties might be just the kick in the butt the company needs.
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