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.”