Written by a Bot: Five Ways Brian Bendis Made Superman Cool Again

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Written by a Bot: Five Ways Brian Bendis Made Superman Cool Again


This is a book that’s lived up to its name and has put an epic, mature and interesting spin on the Superman character. This is not a book to be watched on a specific day because it is truly a book for all time. This comic isn’t for every “sophomore slump” or “spike in sales” or “return of Superman” but this book will be the book to own for anyone who loves superhero comics and is interested in a classic approach to the Superman story.The art in the book is incredible as well. All of the pages featured are absolutely stunning. I am writing about the book from a timeline and they would all be perfect as a psd download.

Here’s the five ways “The Great One” Brian Bendis made Superman cool again:

Superman has a real-world counterpart.

“Moral relativism takes us to a place where everyone’s personal morals are just as valid as anybody else’s, and that means any character can be brought into a story and explain anything, because they have a real-world counterpart,” Bendis said. “The way I did it was, Superman has a real-world counterpart, but for no other reason, except that it was what they do in the comic. For them to understand that, that explained a lot of stuff for me. He has superpowers. They go through much the same process as he does, and yet for them to accept the same thing, the same reality, is just another signpost of the absurdity of their situation.”

It features toddler Bizarro as played by Brie Larson.

In the DCU we know that this teenager is also Bizarro (Brie Larson) and that makes sense. As you can see from his Justice League action figure, he’s got very large eyes and a blue-brown skin tone. It makes sense too that in a pre-Superman Earth, Bizarro was very young. We’ve seen the toddler Bizarro face the demons of his origins in the Man of Steel Special.

This was as much a coincidence as a big cosplay opportunity, right?

Nope.

It is possible that Marvel’s own Bizarro (Brianna Hildebrand) was conceived of by Brie Larson. By the time the first Thor movie came out.

Booster Gold is the last Kryptonian on Earth.

The result was Superman: The Man of Steel #52, also written by Bendis, drawn by Mikel Janin and colored by Glenn Whitmore. The issue also ended on a cliffhanger, as Superman and Lois Lane fled the Tower of Fate in Metropolis just before it was destroyed by Lobo.

In 1996, DC dropped Superman, leaving Booster Gold as the only Kryptonian remaining on Earth. Since Superman would still be the premier hero on Earth, a super-hero team-up was the most obvious choice for a replacement. Bryan Hitch would combine his characters from the Justice Society of America with the Batman Family in an all-new super-team called 1996: Superman: The Search for Superman.

Before Bendis, characters didn’t have names.

For years, those characters didn’t have names. Superman’s name was born as a part of the return of readers to the Bronze Age, when there was no internet to interview creators, and when the editor of the comic book industry’s oldest publication, The Comics Journal, was out of town.

“At that point, people like Neal Adams and Len Wein and Curt Swan and guys who were contemporaries of mine thought it was kind of a joke if you had a comic with ‘Superman,'” Bendis says. “We really had to pick up the phone and call some of our colleagues and get their stamp of approval on it. They weren’t going to make it up.

Superman is better than Tony Stark.

I mean a fully realized superman. If you think Tony Stark is already a fully realized superman, just wait until Justice League Dark! They take the Thing and begin a partnership with Darkseid.

Mewtwo is either being considered for the Teen Titans, or being kept as an enemy to be “diluted” as they are about to do with Red Arrow.

Vibe is also in there, with a few offshoots, none of which I can believe. I will be really surprised if they didn’t at least pretend there was a Morlun in there. But who knows, maybe we’ll just get a storyline where they show how we should truly appreciate him as his analogues are very different.


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A prophecy says that in the comic book industry's darkest days, a hero will come to lead the people through a plague of overpriced floppies, incentive variant covers, #1 issue reboots, and super-mega-crossover events.

Scourge of Rich Johnston, maker of puns, and seeker of the Snyder Cut, Jude Terror, sadly, is not the hero comics needs right now... but he's the one the industry deserves.

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