One of the biggest questions in the mainstream comic book industry the past two months has been when and where Brian Michael Bendis would make his debut as a newly exclusive DC Comics writer. Now, it looks like the answer may have been revealed: A back-up story in April's Action Comics #1000, illustrated by Jim Lee.
Word of Bendis contributing to the milestone Action Comics issue arrived Thursday via ComicBook.com. DC declined comment on ComicBook.com's story; CBR has reached out to DC and has not received a response as of publication of this article.
On Christmas Day, Bleeding Cool reported that according to "sources spinning out of a recent Brazilian comic convention," Bendis' first ongoing series at DC Comics would be the main Superman title, joined by artists Ivan Reis and Joe Prado. If that proves true, a Superman story in a major issue of Action Comics, illustrated by DC Co-Publisher Jim Lee, would certainly be a conspicuous launch to his run -- though it's important to note that neither Bendis or DC have confirmed either report.
DC first revealed initial Action Comics #1000 publication details this past October at New York Comic Con. The oversized issue will have a main story written by current Superman writer Pete Tomasi and current Action Comics write Dan Jurgens (no illustrators were named at the time), along with back-up stories "featuring an all-star talent lineup," including one co-written by DC Entertainment President and Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns and Richard Donner, director of the 1978 Superman movie. Action Comics #1000 is scheduled for release on April 18, 80 years to the day of the release of Action Comics #1, the first appearance of the Man of Steel.
Along with the issue itself, DC has announced a hardcover book commemorating 1,000 issues of Action Comics, celebrating 1938's Action Comics #1 by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, and the decades of pop culture history that followed.
DC Comics announced on Nov. 7 that Bendis has exclusively joined the company in a "multiyear, multi-faceted deal." The news shocked fans and industry observers, as Bendis had made Marvel his main publishing home for 17 years and is strongly associated with the brand, writing nearly all of the company's major characters with runs on series including Ultimate Spider-Man, Daredevil, Guardians of the Galaxy, All-New X-Men and New Avengers. He also co-created major characters such as Miles Morales and Jessica Jones.
In December, Bendis revealed that he suffered a serious illness as the result of a "surprise MRSA infection." As such, his timetable of wrapping up his current Marvel work shifted. Late last month, Bendis confirmed that Invincible Iron Man #600, likely scheduled for release in May 2018, would be his final Marvel issue.
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