In a new interview with Newsarama.com, writer Brian Michael Bendis refreshed our memories on where things are at in the “Superman” comic book title, what we can expect from the upcoming issue #22, and what it’s like working with artist Kevin Maguire. Here’s an excerpt from the interview…
Bendis: While Clark is out saving the galaxy from the immediate physical threat, Lois is kind of left holding the marital bag. We’ve all been there, where, OK, I’m in charge of all of this now.
The FBI shows up at her door in the form of Agent Chase, who is a beloved character from the DC archives. And she kind of lets Lois know where the Superman family stands, as far as the FBI and authority goes, because he did this without telling anybody or asking permission — or did he need to.
It does change the rules of how they’re going to have to handle Superman.
So she’s handling that.
Plus, somebody in the United Planets went to the effort ofsending a tape of Superman describing to the United Planets that he would represent Earth in all matters.
He did it because, of course, who else could do it? Only Superman. Superman’s the guy. He’s out there. He can fly out there. He can represent Earth.
But to others, it can look like Superman was declaring himself the king of the planet without actually asking anybody. So there’s a debate that will handle, like, does Superman represent Earth? Do we want Superman to represent Earth? Does the FBI want that? Do all the governments of the world want this?
So that’s going to be playing out in the next few issues.
While Lois is having the intellectual conversation, Superman is having the battle of his life and elements where he is doing what he does best, which is fight Mongul to save us.
We try to create one of the biggest Superman fights we’ve ever had, particularly in our run, because Kevin Maguire — legendary Kevin Maguire — said to me, “I want to draw one of the great Superman fights of all time.” I’m like, let’s go for it then.
So it was pretty great to have someone of Kevin’s caliber itching to do exactly this.