Oh lordy, I'm the one who was defending him last year(!)
I feel he has a good solid grasp on Clark/Superman, and Lois, and I appreciate that from him very much. And yet, yeah - his run is so meandering, and his subplots and many of his new characters barely sketched out, that this doesn't feel like he should be nearing the end on anything! It feels as if the man has barely started.
The subplot with Jor-el in the present that went nowhere. The secret Illuminati he was supposed to have been a part of. His links to Rogol Zaar, if any? The backstory to Rogol Zaar is.... what? What was the Illuminati's role in Krypton's fate, was Rogol Zaar really their agent of its destruction, Did Rogol Zaar really destroy Krypton, Was it Doctor Manhattan or some other force who moved Jor-El through time, and why?
So many Questions. So many Plots and subplots that went nowhere. Repetitive time wasting dialogue as Only Bendis can do. Punch-ups with Mongul and Rogol Zaar that similarly are there just to fill page-space. UGHHH!!!
If Brian Bendis is really nearing the end of his run on Superman then on the one hand, I am relieved. It started fairly well, but went absolutely nowhere very quickly. I see a canny man who saw an opportunity for a fat contract and enormous payday and he took the Publisher to the cleaners... and good on him. Why not. If the Publisher is willing to just let you ramble on and on and not edit and manage you, then yes, fleece them.
I appreciated that He seem to have a good take on the family dynamics of the kents, especially now with Son Jon, and think that the biggest problem was lack of a n editor over him to keep him focused!