Brian Bendis ends his Superman and Action Comics runs, comments on future

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Update: Writer Brian Bendis has briefly commented on his exit from DC's Action Comics and Superman titles in December. 

Responding on Twitter to a fan who asked what he's "picking up" now that his runs on Action and Superman conclude in December, the DC-exclusive creator responded, "Something big enough to get me to clear the deck. It's all super exciting but it's months away and we'll talk about it all when the world isn't literally on fire (I'm in portland)."

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Brian Michael Bendis' run on DC's Superman and Action Comics titles will come to an end in December, according to the publisher's just-released DC December 2020 solicitations.

Solicitations for both December-shipping issues call it a "wrap up" and "final Superman tale" for Bendis, along with his artist teams on both titles -  Ivan Reis and Joe Prado on Superman, and John Romita Jr. and Klaus Janson on Action Comics.

"It's the Man of Steel’s last stand in this final Superman tale by the superstar team of Brian Michael Bendis, Ivan Reis, and Joe Prado!" reads DC's solicitation for Superman #28. "Superman comes face to face with an alien race that he desperately wants to help before it is too late. As the cosmically powered race known as the Synmar aim their deadly power at the Man of Steel's adopted planet, Superman finds himself pushed past anything he has ever faced! Get ready to experience a powerhouse moment for Superman that’s been years in the making!"

And December's Action Comics #1028 will not only wrap up Bendis' run on that title, but also touch on recent stories in Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen, Lois Lane, Justice League, Legion of Super-Heroes, and of course Superman.

"The powerhouse creative team of Brian Michael Bendis, John Romita Jr., and Klaus Janson wrap up their run on Action Comics with 'House of Kent: Epilogue'!" Action Comics #1028 solicitations reads. "With the final fate of Metropolis's underworld revealed at last, it's time for each member of the House of Kent to face their unknown futures head-on, including Lois, Conner, Jon, Kara, Jimmy, and, of course, Clark Kent! This standalone Superman story connects threads from Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen, Lois Lane, Superman, Justice League, Legion of Super-Heroes, and other unforgettable series in epic—and unexpected—ways!"

Back in June 2020, Bendis said that he was "heading toward the end of my run on Superman," but upon Newsarama's reporting of that statement said "It's sooooo far away. Kind of a non-headline. Don't even worry about it today."

Superman #28 goes on sale on December 15, with Action Comics #1028 following on December 22.

Ivan Reis/Joe Prado and John Romita Jr./Klaus Janson are also exiting alongside Bendis. While it's too soon to say how their run will end, what are the early odds on how they'll rate in the pantheon of Superman artists of all time? Read our list of the best Superman artists ever.

Chris Arrant

Chris Arrant covered comic book news for Newsarama from 2003 to 2022 (and as editor/senior editor from 2015 to 2022) and has also written for USA Today, Life, Entertainment Weekly, Publisher's Weekly, Marvel Entertainment, TOKYOPOP, AdHouse Books, Cartoon Brew, Bleeding Cool, Comic Shop News, and CBR. He is the author of the book Modern: Masters Cliff Chiang, co-authored Art of Spider-Man Classic, and contributed to Dark Horse/Bedside Press' anthology Pros and (Comic) Cons. He has acted as a judge for the Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards, the Harvey Awards, and the Stan Lee Awards. Chris is a member of the American Library Association's Graphic Novel & Comics Round Table. (He/him)