I was rereading Action Comics #1005 and I realized how much the series changed as a result of Event Leviathan. Originally, it was the mystery story that focused on who Clark Kent is. Then it became a story about who this international force/presence is. Now it’s become focused on Year of the Villain and Leviathan. The best parts and the best mysteries of What is up with Lois? Who is this Invisible Mafia? and How can we save the Daily Planet? have been set up interestingly but then failed to come together. The better of the two series was the one that ignored shock value and forcing big changes over writing a good story was corrupted when it started making big changes.
I’ve been writing a Superman Fan-Fiction ongoing which takes most of his changing and tries to tell a compelling Superman Story. I took Bendis’s own initial angle on Superman which he chose to alter and feel that I’ve had great success. So what works about Bendis’s Angle? 1. He leaves the platform WIDE open for great storytelling. 2. Jon is older and has a lot more to look at (Bendis did it the wrong way though). 3. Reporting takes a more political angle (so far) of Survivor’s guilt and soon a look at gentrification on artist communities. I won’t spoil how, but I’m really excited to right about this stuff and people who’ve read it seem to really like it.
So here’s what Bendis needs to do. Stop and think about what he’s set up over the last year and a half and really focus on being compelling with what he has versus adding more. He has a wonderful playground, but rather than enjoy his new swing set, he’s trying to add a swinging see-saw that goes down a slide.
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