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Sunday, May 20, 2018 

Paul Levitz predictably sugarcoats Brian Bendis

In a New York Daily News article about Superman's 80th anniversary, the now embarrassing former DC editor/publisher Levitz has served as Bendis' apologist. First, I'll decidedly take the time to look at the following:
It's also a poignant reminder that it all started with Superman, and Levitz understands this about as well as anyone. He's had a connection to the character even before his run as president of DC Comics.

"Superman was my first favorite comic book character. The first comic book that was given to me. I remember the baby-sitter handing me a copy of Action 300 to shut me up," he said.
Considering how badly they've handled the Man of Steel - certainly ever since the overrated Death & Return of Superman saga from 1992-93 and the story where Max Lord mind-controlled him in 2005 - that's why it's pretty hard to believe he considers the Big Blue Boy Scout or any other character in the DC stables his favorite. Now, here's the part about Bendis:
It's a world that writer [Brian] Michael Bendis will take up, moving from Marvel to DC and taking over Action Comics. The move has been likened to legendary artist Jack Kirby's move between the two major comic book companies. In fact, he's already made headlines with his Superman story in Action Comics #1000 with its potentially status-quo-changing revelation.

Levitz believes that Bendis' experience and gift with crafting snappy dialogue could definitely work for the 80-year-old character, especially in terms of Lois and Superman's dynamic, which offers a lot of potential for the writer at the "peak of his power."

"This is a really interesting case and I'm very curious to see the result. I've had no inside information on where he's going. I'll just be watching like everybody else," Levitz said, not showing any signs of wishing Superman would hang up his cape anytime soon.
IMO, Levitz is just pretending - much like many other apologist gushers - that Bendis is a big success in anything. But it's nothing more than an act, elevating phonies to overnight sensations when Bendis' work on Avengers and X-Men was just garbage that didn't handle the women well, denigrated Scarlet Witch and Jean Grey (and it makes no difference even if it was a doppelganger from an alternate timeline), and he was one of the leading engineers in a lot of the crossovers they brewed since the mid-2000s. So why should we even expect Bendis to manage the Clark/Lois dynamic well? We can't. Plus, when Bendis worked at Marvel, that's when they really began padding out their stories for the sake of trade formats, and it brought down the quality of writing even more.

And I'm not interested in the possible status quo change to Krypton's origins either. Bendis has also hinted he's got a negative take on the American Way slogan, and that's just one more reason to feel discouraged.

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