Some big news just rocked the comic book industry today!
In what could be considered a big shake up and even a huge turn of events, Marvel writer Brian “The Great One” Bendis has jumped the lines and signed a multi-year exclusive with Marvel’s main rival, DC Comics. The news first hit on Twitter with a statement from the official DC Twitter account.
We are beyond thrilled to welcome Brian Michael Bendis exclusively to the DC family with a multiyear, multi-faceted deal. He’s one of the premier writers in the industry having created so many unforgettable stories wherever he’s been and we can’t wait to see what he has planned for the DC Universe.
— DC (@DCComics) November 7, 2017
This is huge news, and of course, Bendis confirmed the truth behind DC’s Statement.
“This is real. I love you all. Change is good. Change is healthy. I am bursting with ideas and inspirations. Details to come! Stay tuned!”
This is real. I love you all. Change is good. Change is healthy. I am bursting with ideas and inspirations. Details to come! Stay tuned! https://t.co/S1x5JDmGTt
— BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS (@BRIANMBENDIS) November 7, 2017
For his part, Brian Bendis started back in 2000 with Marvel on Ultimate Spider-Man with Mark Bagley. In 2001, he also worked on Daredevil with Alex Maleev. But it wasn’t until 2004’s Avengers Disassembed that he truly hit the mark and became known as Marvel’s preeminent writer. He worked tirelessly in shaping the course of the Marvel Universe in the current modern era.
Recently, Bendis has been working on Invincible Iron Man which stars new Riri Williams. He also just launched a brand new story arc with Spider-Man featuring Miles Morales called the “Sinister Six Reborn.” He’s also working on Jessica Jones and just began a new The Defenders story arc with David Marquez titled “Kingpins of New York.”
It’s unclear why Bendis decided to jump ship and leave Marvel especially after he just began two brand new story arcs on Spider-Man and The Defenders. Not to mention, Marvel just relaunched their comics line with Legacy, which has been a huge initiative for the publisher. The timing of the move seems to suspect a pretty major falling out especially if you consider Bendis’ time with Marvel and everything he accomplished there.
Regardless a number of pros and fans wished him well on this new journey.
Whoa, that's nuts! Congrats and welcome!
— Doc Shaner (@DocShaner) November 7, 2017
Getting to work along side @brianmbendis is yet another comic dream realized this year. Brian, you're going to slay! Cannot wait!
— Scott Snyder (@Ssnyder1835) November 7, 2017
— FrancescoFrancavilla (@f_francavilla) November 7, 2017
— Phillip Hester (@philhester) November 7, 2017
Awesome news @BRIANMBENDIS! I can't wait to see what amazing tales you dream up!
— Tony S Daniel (@TonyDanielx2) November 7, 2017
Wow…! Congrats, Brian.
— Cully Hamner (@CullyHamner) November 7, 2017
Thanks for all you did for Marvel.
— Miles Greb (@Goldrushcomic) November 7, 2017
— (((Judd Winick))) (@JuddWinick) November 7, 2017
Congratulations and I’m so excited to see what you have mapped out! Been getting back into DC again and this makes me so happy!
— Meredith Placko (@mplacko) November 7, 2017
I would love to know what DC Comics did to pull him away.
Finally, what will be his first major project now with DC? Are there any characters you would like to see Bendis take on? What will his role be in the ongoing Dark Nights: Metal event and the aftermath be? Lastly, are you excited to see Bendis move to DC or do you think this is a bad move by the publisher?