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Subj: Re: Do You Believe It, Now, Trinity?
Posted: Sat Feb 03, 2018 at 10:37:26 am EST (Viewed 106 times)
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      A very fine interview indeed. Brian Bendis' enthusiasm is such that that alone would capture my interest, yet I can't find anything to criticise or fault in what he reveals here and what his thoughts are on what is needed to reinvigorating Superman and his world. This is exactly what Superman needs at this time - fresh new energy, with an array of new ideas on where and how to take things forward.

    I'm still skeptical. Daredevil.

It's down to personal preferences as to whether Daredevil may not have been satisfactory for you, and I can certainly see why his original reign on the Avengers would divide opinion as it was so (intentionally) radical in its redevelopment of the series' traditional ethos and content, but it puzzles me how and why critics anticipate what approach and philosophy a writer will take to an upcoming book and character when the fact of the matter is each book and character is usually quite different to the other.
I can completely understand why some don't care for the idea of Brian Bendis taking on Superman, for myself I confess if it was Scott Snyder announced as the new architect of Superman's near future I would be... disappointed. He's a writer I have never cared for and it mystifies me why he is so beloved and feted by the press and readership. But that's just my personal experience, the reality is Scott Snyder IS very popular, and very successful. Just as Brian Bendis is. So I can commiserate to some degree with your ambivalence to his imminent arrival.
The seperating divide though is that I have seen Scott Snyder on Superman. Brian Bendis on the other hand is an unknown quantity. And as I have pointed out previously he has never worked on a character quite like Superman and his particular dynamic, the closest is his Spider-Man work, very few super-heroes today maintain the secret identity dynamic that Superman and Clark kent do, so with the backdrop of that and the hustle and intrigue of the Daily Planet newsroom and, further afield, Metropolis, I see the strong possibility that this particular series is quite possibly the ideal destination for what we have seen of Mr Bendis' particular strengths as a writer. As I have noted previously, he is particularly at his best when paired with top artistic talent, artists who can express convincing characters on the page and are storytellers in their own right, as both Alan Davis and Ivan Reis provenly are.


      Perhaps the best aspect of his thoughts and intended approach are his clear commitment to refocusing on Metropolis and its daily features, the people, and where Clark Kent and Superman fit into the lives of the everyday folk there. This has long been neglected by modern writers, but as the post-1986 era showed us Metropolis and its people and places were a very important ingrediant in the books success during those years. Bendis talent for dialogue and the everyday is ideally suited for the task, and this is one reason i have felt he is going to be a welcome shot in the arm for the character and his world. In as much as anything the use of 'The Man of Steel' as a new relaunch brand-name supports the intent that this will be the modern equivalent of the 1986 mini-series of the same name, a relaunch, though thankfully Bendis makes it clear that it is not any Reboot...

    I'm not sure that it isn't at least a soft-reboot, as the art on the Man of Steel cover does seem to be alluding to more than just a new status quo. The "Man of Steel" moniker for the title? Couldn't we have had "The Man of Tomorrow"? "The Last Son of Krypton"? For a fresh and new take, it does seem to be tacking to older forms. Man of Steel title, six-issue limited series, etc.

Yes, true. There is a definite commercial benefit to reserving 'The Man of Steel' name as it evokes the success of the 1986 restart, on the other hand "Man of Steel" is a title that has a long and recognised brand power thanks to the long running Louise Simonson series, and more to the point the Zac Snyder film placed it back in the mass conciousness. So in simple commercial terms it makes absolute sense to use it. What intrigues me is due to this relaunches symmetry to the 1986 push, and brian Bendis' taking over both Superman and Action Comics, is there perhaps the possibility of a third Superman title to come...? Is there an obvious place for 'The Adventures of Superman' title to be revived to match the 'Man of Steel' banner...

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