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Comics 411: Thoughts on Brian Michael Bendis’ Plans for DC

February 7, 2018 | Posted by Steve Gustafson
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Last week we discussed Best Documentaries About Comic Books! Here’s what some of you had to say:

Go2Sleep: “As a TV show, Robert Kirkman’s Secret History of Comics on AMC was pretty good. They had an hour episode devoted to a particular topic. They also interview the right people, who know about the topics.”

Jake Chambers: “You’re missing the quintessential history of comic book documentary, Comic Book Confidential, the 1988 theatrical release that covers the beginnings of comics as an art-form up until the 80s, with a lot of these great narrated pages… and interviews with some of the legends who saw it all, a particular gem being Mad’s William Gaines. It’s a must watch for any comic book fan!

In Canada in the 1980s we also had this regular comic book/scfi news magazine show called “Prisoners of Gravity” which still has a lot of great little documentary pieces featuring all the greats in the industry at the time talking about history and theory in comics, worth searching out on Youtube as well.”

Tao Jones T.jones: “I really enjoyed the Ditko documentary. He is such a fascinating man, yet most people have not seen him in years. I think I am going to watch it again.”

Solomon Grundy: “It might not be the best to others, but I always watch it when it’s rerun and really enjoy it. The old history channel doc Comic Book Superheroes Unmasked”

Merklyn: “Mine’s a web series, SF Debris’ “Rise and Fall of the Comic Empire””

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This week we discuss our…

Thoughts on Brian Michael Bendis’ Plans for DC!

Last week we learned what Brian Michael Bendis had planned to kick off his tenure at DC. DC announced that Bendis is hitting the ground running by taking over writing duties for three Superman titles, resurrecting Jinxworld, and launching an all-new imprint.

According to Forbes, we’ll get a small taste of Bendis’ Superman with a new story to be included in Action Comics #1000 this April. Then he’ll drop a new miniseries, Man of Steel, that will lay the groundwork for what he has in store for the Last Son of Krypton.

The six-issue miniseries begins on May 30th and will take a new look back at the last days of Krypton and reveal an unseen villain who’s hiding a “terrifying secret” about the planet’s destruction. The series will feature six interconnected pieces of cover art and be illustrated by artists including Ivan Reis, Evan “Doc” Shaner, Ryan Sook, Kevin Maguire, Adam Hughes and Jason Fabok.

Following this, Bendis will take the reins for Superman with a new first issue renumbering the series and he’ll also pen Action Comics #1001, which will mark a shift in focus onto more character-driven stories and see more of Clark Kent’s day to day life as a reporter for the Daily Planet. The art for Man of Steel will be by Ivan Reis and Pat Gleason is drawing Action Comics.

Bendis’ is also bringing the characters from titles set in his Jinxworld universe along with him.
Bendis said, of the deal, ““They’re going to take my entire library — and by mine I mean the stuff I own with my co-creators and collaborators — from Powers to Jinx, and to Scarlet and others, and we’ll be releasing it all digitally and in print through Jinxworld, through DC Comics.” Powers and Scarlet will continue on into 2018 with new characters, stories, and plot twists.

Of all the announcements DC made about Bendis, the one that poses the most questions is the new imprint that’ll include stories about classic DC characters as well as newer ones. Bendis and DC haven’t given many details but he compared it to Gerard Way’s Young Animal, which centers a series of more mature, conceptual stories than you’d see in a regular DC book.

That’s plenty to keep him and fans busy for quite a while.

What do you think of Bendis’ future at DC?

That’s all the time I have. Check out our Comic Book Reviews tomorrow and see you next week!