Back at March in C2E2 in Chicago, Marvel announced the newest addition to their creator-owned Icon lineup — Brilliant, from the noted Ultimate Spider-Man team of Brian Michael Bendis and Mark Bagley, with a first issue set for July. Today is July 25, and Brilliant #1 hasn’t yet showed up in comic shops. Bendis took to his message board this morning to give an update, and it turns out it all has to do with inking.
As disclosed in the interview we did with Bendis and Bagley back in March, the original plan for Brilliant was to go straight from Bagley’s pencils to Nick Filardi’s colors, a practice seen in past books like the Andy Kubert-illustrated 1602 . In Bendis’s words, he “decided people who were used to seeing us together on Ultimate Spidey and Avengers wouldn’t find this experiment entirely appealing,” so the book gained an inker. A big one, too: Joe Rubinstein, a veteran of the comic industry since the ’70s.
The first issue is now set for August, with Bendis promising that subsequent issues will ship on time. Black and white previews of the new inked pages follow after the jump, and Bendis says he’ll have full-color art previews ready to share later in the week.