After looking at the latest solicitations for February and seeing how many books Brian Michael Bendis is writing that month (most of them being Super-books) it got me wondering what you all think of his time on the books.
I’ll admit, it’s been very hit and miss for me. I was really enjoying Jurgens’ run on Action Comics and from what I read of Tomasi’s Superman run, I enjoyed that too. But it really seems like those runs got rushed to their conclusions once Bendis was announced. And from what I read of his Man of Steel mini-series and subsequent books, I gotta say it’s not grabbing me. I didn’t like Naomi, the new Legion of Superheroes isn’t my thing and Leviathan…I lost interest.
The thing is, I like Bendis as a writer, but some of the decisions he’s made have left me cold, like aging up Jon, the identity of Leviathan and now Clark telling the world who he is. In theory they’re not bad ideas, but the execution feels off. I’m getting the same feeling I get whenever DC puts a big name on a Super-book: the stories end up being very forgetable (JMS on Grounded, Snyder on Superman: Unleashed, Azzarello on For Tomorrow, etc) but from the looks of February, DC is going all in on Bendis’ stories. And because he’s such a big name, I’m willing to be this stuff will stick for as long as possible.
I dunno, maybe it’s just me? Does anyone else feel this way? For those who are enjoying the run, can you tell me why? I’m not saying that in a sarcastic way, rather, I’d like to know what you see because maybe my own personal biases might be blocking me from seeing all the good stuff.