In the bars at Portsmouth Comic Con, there was a little talk about an article that ran on Bleeding Cool last week. That DC Comics editorial staffers were placing bets on how many pages would be delivered by each of the solicited art teams for each of the six weekly issues.
It also may be that the original article may have been taken in a way other than intended.
Rather than suggest that the editors were being callous regarding the schedules of their artists by betting on how many pages they would fall short, the intent, as it has been explained to me, was one of criticism that management had forced the schedule for Man Of Steel to follow Action Comics, weekly, to make the most of new arrival Brian Bendis. Even if not all the artists were capable of delivering all the pages in such a short period of time. And leaving books finished with fill-in artists. It was meant to be a critique, not of the creators, but of unrealistic management demands.
Happy to make that clearer. I hope.
Oh and more to come…
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