All Six Brian Michael Bendis “Man of Steel” Covers in Color

DC Comics has given us our first look at all six issues of Brian Michael Bendis’ “Man of Steel” miniseries… in colour.

When releasing the official announcement about Bendis’ upcoming miniseries, DC gave us an early look at the initial black and white sketch by Ivan Reis and Joe Prado. The interconnecting covers show key moments in Superman’s life.

Interestingly, the new villain set to be introduced by Bendis has somewhat of a different look to what was originally drawn.

Look for Bendis’ run to begin with a story in “Action Comics #1000” (out in April), before he takes over both “Action Comics” (with issue #1001) and “Superman” (with a new #1 issue).

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MattComics
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MattComics

I really like Ivan Reis’s art but the coloring seems really dark in this picture like there’s a haze over it.

Also, the image of the monstrous figure crushing Krypton has me concerned about what Bendis is going to be doing with the origin and Krypton specifically.

Kal L
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Kal L

May appear different on print. I dont think that these will be the final colors.

Spidey2878
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Spidey2878

Looking closely at the photo, it’s interesting that each cover has some significant point in the man of steel’s life. His ship leaving Krypton, his discovering of his ship, his romance with Lois, his membership in the Justice League, even his death after his battle with Doomsday. Except for the last image where he and his cousin Supergirl are battling this new enemy. I’m very curious to find out who this is that Superman is battling.

Kal L
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Kal L

I’ll be honest… i hated seeing that Supergirl was going to possibly be a big part of this.

Spidey2878
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Spidey2878

I’m surprised she’s in this comic as well. Maybe Supergirl’s part won’t be that big in this story. Maybe she only shows up at the end?

Kal L
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Kal L

One can only hope… I liked it better when she died in the crisis… Should have stayed that way… The Protoplasm/matrix Supergirl was a better idea… Damn Jeph Loeb and his nostalgia

BBally
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BBally

I didn’t care for Matrix Supergirl, Linda Danvers from Peter David’s run was better. Still I’m a Kara Zor El fan for life.

Kal L
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Kal L

I’ve never been a fan of Kara Zor-El. I feel she takes away from Superman’s uniqueness as the last Kryptonian.

Hence why Matrix was more appealing as a character. She was a completely different character, instead of being Kryptonian by birth.

MattComics
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MattComics

I just don’t think of the whole “Last Son” thing as a rigid absolute though I agree in the sense that using Krypton can be abused by writers to a point where it undercuts the destruction and loss of it. ..but amputating it for a strict policy to the “last son” thing needlessly cuts off story possibilities and richness to Superman’s mythology (as well as the foremost sci-fi element) IMO. Plus having to explain that she’s a shape shifting clone of Lana Lang from a pocket universe created by the Time Trapper blah blah, is more convoluted and inside comics… Read more »

BBally
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BBally

Yeah I always felt that parts of the animated series was an improvement over some aspects of Post Crisis Superman. I felt the Last Son of Krypton angle out stayed its welcome by the late 90’s as I felt it handicapped the mythos in the storytelling department hence why we had different non-main canon Kryptonian Zods until the actual canon Zod made his Post-Crisis debut. Plus it’s telling that despite not being in canon at that time other mediums and popular culture still had the actual Kryptonian Supergirl or the Kryptonian criminals in mind when the concept is brought up… Read more »

MattComics
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MattComics

I agree with you there BBally. Much as I enjoyed the Post-Crisis era there were also some things that I found frustrating or disappointing and STAS provided some great alternatives.

Kal L
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Kal L

I didn’t mind the STAS Kara to be completely honest, but I still hate Kara as a character.
At least with Matrix and later Linda Danvers, she was a completely diferent character, and didnt take away from Superman, nor was she annoying…

Lets be honest… She hasnt really contributed much of anything since they bought her back!

Spidey2878
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Spidey2878

Is this story arc coming out after Supergirl’s cancellation? If so, then it would seem that they are still keeping Kara’s continuity without providing her comic series. I like the Kara Zor-el version of Supergirl, it’s just that I think that maybe Superman should’ve been the only superhero for this story.

MattComics
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MattComics

Completely disagree.

Duke
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Duke

Wish the picture was bigger

Spidey2878
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Spidey2878

I wonder who the new villain is. Does he have a connection to krypton?

BBally
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BBally

Might be a modern version of Black Zero

Spidey2878
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Spidey2878

It’s a good possibility. I was thinking that as well.

Spidey2878
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Spidey2878

I don’t know why, but this new villain looks strangely familiar to me. I’m wondering if he’s been in the superman comics before.

justasupesfan07
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justasupesfan07

Did anybody notice that in the image, Kal-El’s shuttle looks like the New 52 one, only it has a gold nose instead of a red one? Strange, seeing that just a few months ago, in Action Comics #977, the shuttle was the same as the one in Superman: Secret Origin. What’s going on here? Are we getting ANOTHER origin? Personally, I was just fine with S:SO as the definitive origin. I know nothing lasts forever, but sheesh.

MattComics
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MattComics

That’s one of things I was thinking of when I typed the first post for this thread.

Spidey2878
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Spidey2878

Yeah, I also think that another origin story can be over done as well.