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 Post subject: Brian Bendis' Superman!
PostPosted: Wed May 23, 2018 4:14 am 
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Brian Bendis' last work for Marvel comes out this week (2018/05/23) with the landmark issue of Iron Man #600.

It is hard for me to understand why a man of his stature in the comics realm could just flip the switch and move to DC Comics after pouring his heart out for Marvel over the past 20 years. Obviously we don't know the real story, other than BMB's calling to write Superman after his visit to a Supes Museum last year. Whatever the reason, Bendis leaves behind a considerable amount of work behind. His biggest contribution to the House of Ideas of course was Ultimate Spider-Man, setting the record with Mark Bagley for the longest run on a series by the same creative team.

His direction renewed the popularity of the Avengers leading the franchise to be evem more popular than the X-Men, even at the time when those Merry Mutants were starring on the Silver Screen. No surprise that Bendis was later a consulatant on all of the early Marvel Cinematic Universe motion pictures.

His groundbreaking work on the MAX imprint series Alias with artist Michael Gaydos was influential to many creators, often mimicked today but never surpassed. His crime and mystery work in the mid to late 90's, all the while collaborating with fresh face artists, gave Marvel a huge push in today's modern storytelling.

When the Marvek Knights line was introduced, the street heroes became hot commodities at Marvel. Daredevil was relaunched to critial acclaim by one of fandom's favorite writers (and Hollywood director) Kevin Smith. The edginess and darkness of the series that Smith created was just the perfect fit for Bendis. Together, with David Mack, this is one of the most celebrated runs in Daredevil's canon, just behind Framk Miller's classic run from the early 80's.

Bendis would continue to write multiple titles each month over the next decade. He has made his mark in every single corner of the Marvel and Ultimate Universes. While some hardcore comics fans do not enjoy his compressed storytelling methods, Bendis has remained a polarizing figure in the industry.

Leaving Marvel ends a huge chapter in his life but it may be the greatest benefit for the comics fan. Which Bendis will we get with DC? Will he be revitalized and bring the point home for being an alien from Krypton rocketed to Earth who will fight for Truth, Justice and the American Way? Is this going to be another unabashed John Byrne-like reboot of the series 30 years later? Time will tell but I'll bank on Bendis writing gripping, original stories that will add to the lure of Superman, even it took 80 years for it to finally be told!


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Great comments. It will be interesting to see how it turns out.


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Im very interested to see what Bendis does on Superman. Bendis excels at the personal lives of the heroes he writes. not sure anyone has ever put the main focus of superman books on that. then again he may not even do that here. either way looking forwad to checking it out.


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