Let’s begin with a list of some of the greatest transactions and/or trades in human history:
1867 – The Alaska purchase by the United States of America from Russia
1988 – Wayne Gretzky is traded by the Edmonton Oilers to the Los Angeles Kings
1997 – Apple Computers buys NeXT Software and sees Steve Jobs’ return
2000 – Time Warner buys America Online
2010 – Lebron James leaves the Cleveland Cavaliers and signs with the Miami Heat
2014 – Lebron James returns to the Cleveland Cavaliers
2015 – J.J. Abrams crosses the Star Trek side of the aisles and moves to Star Wars
2018 – Comic book writer Brian Michael Bendis leaves longtime employer, Marvel Comics, for major competitor DC Comics…and Superman!
That’s right! Brian Michael Bendis, Eisner Award winner and famed writer of Ultimate Spider-Man, Daredevil New Avengers and Secret War among many, many other fan favourite titles!
Now comes a sees a sizable shift in the comic book publishing landscape as Brian Michael Bendis has left the “House of Ideas”, Marvel Comics, for the warm climes of DC Comics. Working with the company’s most heroic superhero, today sees the first issue of the new, weekly, mini-series titled: The Man Of Steel!
Many of you might remember the six-issue miniseries, The Man of Steel, written and illustrated by comic book industry legend, John Byrne, back in 1986. That publication reinvigorated Superman for a new generation, deepening his origin and, to the admiration of many readers, gave a real sense of place, history and culture to the inhabitants of the doomed planet of Krypton. It’s a well-regarded series, and you can see those creative additions to Superman’s lore on full display in 2013’s Man of Steel film by Zach Snyder and the more recent Krypton television series.
Brian Michael Bendis, along with one of the greatest comic book illustrators of the modern era in Ivan Reis (Blackest Night, Aquaman, Justice League), aim to do the same thing with their own The Man Of Steel comic book series, and reinvigorate Superman for this generation.
And, like John Byrne, they’re beginning with his origin.
Superman, you see, must deal with a new threat that comes from his earliest origins – and Kal-El, the so-called “Last Son of Krypton”, must also grapple with what has happened to his wife and son!
Yes, it’s a new beginning of Superman, just as it is for Bendis working with his pick of DC Comics heroes. It’ll be a fascinating ride to see where the luminary takes the Man of Steel: most assuredly in new directions, new horizons and new mythologies!
Make the Wednesday Run to your local comic book shop and be among the first to experience all of them with The Man Of Steel #1!