Thursday, February 1, 2018
Changing of the Guard on "Action Comics" and "Superman"
So, it's weird that Forbes.com is where DC announced that Brian Michael Bendis is taking over both of the main Superman titles, right?
I mean - just that tidbit alone is probably worth a full blog post about comics vaulting their way into mainstream culture and something something what is happening at Forbes.com which is supposed to be a business and economics interest site?
It's also weird that Bendis is taking over *both* Superman and Action Comics, right? I mean... he's just getting to DC. You'd think he'd want to putter on a couple of diverse titles or something, get his feet wet... but, nope. Both bi-weekly Superman titles. (One expects we'll continue to get Supergirl, Super Sons, New Superman, and Superwoman... or something.)
And while I am more than game for Bendis on one or both titles, or some Super-title, I am also a bit crushed to be losing Dan Jurgens on Action Comics and Tomasi & Gleason on Superman. They've put so much love and effort and imagination into those comics the past 18 months or so, I genuinely wish they'd spin up Man of Steel and Adventures of Superman again and just keep giving us more Superman.
At least I can say this... they're leaving me wanting more, and that's when you always want to exit the stage.
If you've not been reading the Super-titles (for shaaaaame), nothing about them sounds like it should work. And there has been all sorts of things they've had to correct and tap back into place since Rebirth. And I am sure, one day, we'll actually learn what was going on at DC during the past two years, and what production was like on semi-monthly books that were clearly getting banged around with some interference from editorial. But they managed to tell stories that were fun, exciting, had real emotion... and they did it with a new settings and new situation for Superman - not just married, but a father. Something that was supposed to make Superman boring, instead made the character as vital as he'd been in years.
So, sure... let's all enjoy what's to come, but hats off to the artists (special shout outs to Patch Zircher and Doug Mahnke), writers and all the talent on these books who made it happen. Here's to hoping we see you back in Metropolis soon.