Action Comics #1000 arrives in less than a month, and now we have our first look at Jim Lee’s artwork for the debut DC story written by Brian Michael Bendis, who is taking over the Man of Steel title for the publisher. Posting a black and white sketch on Twitter, Lee wrote:
“Sneak peek time–ladies gentlemen–at my 12 page story with @BRIANMBENDIS for ACTION issue 1000! Just typing that out gave me GOOSEBUMPS Not a one-off but a story that sets up his upcoming run on Action Superman! Had a veritable BLAST with this! 😀 #action1000.”
In the artwork (below), Supes is having a rough go of things as he slams into a building and then onto the ground below, creating what we can only assume is thousands of dollars in property damage.
Speaking to SYFY WIRE at New York Comic Con, Lee described #1000 as “the first issue of a big arc that resets or redefines Superman in a very unique way.” The issue will also include stories from Peter J. Tomasi and artist Pat Gleason, as well as Action Comics writer and artist Dan Jurgens. Director Richard Donner, Geoff Johns, Olivier Coipel, Paul Dini, José Luis García-López, Tom King, Clay Mann, Jordie Bellaire, Brad Meltzer, John Cassaday, Laura Martin, Louise Simonson, Jerry Ordway, Scott Snyder, Tim Sale, and more will also be adding their mark to the issue.
Action Comics #1000 goes on sale Wednesday, April 18. A supplemental publication, Action Comics #1000: 80 Years of Superman, will be available April 11 and feature previously unpublished Superman stories from the character’s creators, Joe Shuster and Jerry Siegel.