Brian Michael Bendis is taking over writing duties on Superman this summer, and he’s not exactly looking to make a quiet arrival. And why should he? One of the most celebrated comic book writers of the last 20 years jumping from Marvel to DC is a big deal. Making a splash on the most famous superhero of all during the character’s 80th anniversary celebration isn’t something you do if you don’t like the spotlight. Bendis’ first work on Superman will appear in the pages of the historic Action Comics #1000 in April. But then things get really crazy…
The Man of Steel is a six issue limited series that will run weekly from May 30 through July 4. And while this may not technically be a Superman reboot, it’s still going to revisit (and perhaps revise) elements of Superman’s origin, introduce an important new villain, and perhaps change Superman’s (and Clark’s) personal life in profound ways.
Each chapter is drawn by a different art team, and they’ve really assembled a perfect assortment for this, with Ivan Reis, Joe Prado, Evan “Doc” Shaner (a personal favorite of mine), Ryan Sook, Kevin Maguire, and Jason Fabok all taking a turn on a different element of the story.
The first official story details for The Man of Steel have now been revealed via DC’s solicitations, and they’re certainly going to raise a few eyebrows.
THE MAN OF STEEL #1
Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS • Art by IVAN REIS and JOE PRADO • Cover by IVAN REIS and JOE PRADO
Retailers: Includes a code for a free digital download of this issue.
A new era begins for Superman as a threat from his earliest origins reemerges to destroy the Last Son of Krypton. As Superman struggles to come to grips with what has happened to his wife and son, he must also face a new threat that’s determined to burn down Metropolis!
RETRO-SOLICITED • On sale MAY 30 • 32 pg, FC, 1 of 6, $3.99 US • RATED T
THE MAN OF STEEL #2
Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS • Art by EVAN “DOC” SHANER • Cover by IVAN REIS and JOE PRADO
With an arsonist loose in Metropolis, Superman’s powers are almost useless in finding the culprit. And back at the Daily Planet, everyone wants to know what’s going on with Lois Lane. How can Clark hold on to the secret of what happened to Lois and Jon much longer?
On sale JUNE 6 • 32 pg, FC, 2 of 6, $3.99 US • RATED T
THE MAN OF STEEL #3
Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS • Art by RYAN SOOK • Cover by IVAN REIS and JOE PRADO
The merciless killer and zealot calling himself Rogol Zaar has searched the cosmos for Superman—and when he reaches the Fortress of Solitude, his actions will cut Superman to the core.
On sale JUNE 13 • 32 pg, FC, 3 of 6, $3.99 US • RATED T
THE MAN OF STEEL #4
Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS • Art by KEVIN MAGUIRE • Cover by IVAN REIS and JOE PRADO
Rogol Zaar has committed a string of atrocities across the cosmos that have led him to the Fortress of Solitude—and now Superman and Supergirl plan to crush his schemes! But are even two Kryptonians enough to stop his sinister machinations?
On sale JUNE 20 • 32 pg, FC, 4 of 6, $3.99 US • RATED T
THE MAN OF STEEL #5
Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS • Art by ADAM HUGHES • Cover by IVAN REIS and JOE PRADO
Beaten by Rogol Zaar, his city burning at the hands of an unknown arsonist and the secret of what happened to Lois and Jon drawing closer to revelation—even Superman feels powerless against all that stands before him.
On sale JUNE 27 • 32 pg, FC, 5 of 6, $3.99 US • RATED T
THE MAN OF STEEL #6
Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS • Art by JASON FABOK • Cover by IVAN REIS and JOE PRADO
The fate of Lois Lane and Jon Kent is revealed! Metropolis’ survival hangs in the balance! And Superman must somehow put an end to Rogol Zaar’s rampage! It’s do-or-die time for the Man of Steel in the final chapter of this explosive miniseries!
ADVANCE SOLICITED • On sale JULY 4 • 32 pg, FC, 6 of 6 • $3.99 US • RATED T
So, nobody should jump to any conclusions here, as solicitation story info is always intended to be a hook. Still, these repeated and increasingly vague allusions to Jon Kent and Lois Lane might just start to worry fans who have become attached to seeing Supes as a family man. It’s probably nothing to worry about, right?
Anyway, we’ll find out soon enough! In the meantime, check out all the covers for The Man of Steel in our gallery up top. All covers have art by Ivan Reis and Joe Prado and they look great!
The first chapter of The Man of Steel arrives on May 30.