Brian Michael Bendis Discusses “The Man of Steel” Miniseries

SYFY has published an in-depth look at the first issue of Brian Michael Bendis’ “The Man of Steel”, the six-issue weekly miniseries that will launch into his take over of the monthly “Action Comics” and “Superman” titles.

Bendis talks about the comparisons between his miniseries and that done by John Byrne back in 1986, he also discusses continuity, Superman’s family and more…

“I’m happy to report that Superman was in no way broken, dinged or damaged. But Dan, Peter and Pat set me up with all of these pieces to apply and go nuts,” Bendis told us. “What we’re using in The Man of Steel miniseries is a valentine to what John did, but completely different in that the John Byrne mini-series was indeed the John Byrne show. This is me expressing myself through collaborations, through these artists I’ve always wanted to work with, and these characters. It’s more about my feelings and love for the art and characters starting with The Man of Steel #1 than it is an ‘I’m going start everything over and throw everything out’ kind of story.”

As is commonplace with new creative teams, there’s a tendency to start anew. However, Supes has already been through the DC New 52 and the Rebirth initiative in a short time span, with the latter being a critical success. Many of the readers who have been enjoying Superman during the Rebirth era of DC feared all that quality work would be cast aside.

“I know people were worried about it, but I tell them that you don’t have to worry, we’re not throwing everything out,” he said. “We’re writing Superman stories that take place in the modern day. They’re going to be dangerous and exciting, and they’re going to be in continuity.”

You can read the complete report at SYFY.co.uk.

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MattComics
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..and what about Lois and Jon? Also if you’re asking “what *really* happened to Krypton” you’re kind of already on your way to altering continuity aren’t you?

Kal L
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Kal L

I dont think he will be destroying the marriage, or killing Jon, but I do think he will pull an Earth One on the destruction of Krypton

MattComics
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That’s a question I’ll put to the community here.

Does it add anything to have Krypton being murdered by a villain as opposed to it having died from an impending disaster the council refused to believe as coming?

Kal L
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Kal L

Well we know that the argument was “that Planets just don’t blow up, it worked back in the 30’s, but needs to be updated now”… The only problem with that train of thought is that you have 80 years of mythology and continuity to deal with. There is a chance that it could sort of work, like Zeus being Wonder Woman’s father, or it could end up like having Jack Napier killing the Wayne’s. Bendis has claimed that he wont come and change everything, but this is the same man that wrote Uncanny X-Men #600, and turned Bobby Drake gay…… Read more »

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When has it ever “just blown up” though? Usually there’s an explanation like the core becoming unstable or being mined or the red sun going supernova, something along those lines. Either something effecting the planet or Kryptonians having done something to effect the planet. Seems more relevant now than ever having a body of leaders scoff at the very notion the planet could die despite scientific evidence. I guess technically you could say in Post Crisis Krypton was murdered by Black Zero’s destroyer having only been slowed down but I think that’s still a different thing from having there be… Read more »