Today, it was announced that Brian Michael Bendis – a writer who has been a pillar of the Marvel Comics Universe for over 15 years – has signed an exclusive deal with DC Comics.
DC Comics made the announcement via Twitter:
— DC (@DCComics) November 7, 2017
The statement read: “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.”
Bendis confirmed the news, retweeting the announcement, and adding: “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
Bendis has been the recipient of multiple Eisner Awards. He began working at Marvel Comics in 2000, reimagining Peter Parker’s origin in Ultimate Spider-Man.
He also turned the Avengers on their head with the ‘Disassembled’ arc, which ended the ongoing Avengers series and disbanded the traditional team. This paved the way for him to launch New Avengers, a modern take on the Avengers where the team included Captain America, Iron Man, Wolverine, Luke Cage, Spider-Woman, Spider-Man, and the Sentry. At the time this new launch was considered risky, however it helped to bring the Avengers to a new level of popularity not seen before.
Since then, Bendis has written for most of Marvel’s marquee characters, including the X-Men, Iron Man, and the Defenders. He has also created some of Marvel’s most popular new characters, including Jessica Jones, Miles Morales, and Ironheart, as well as penning some of Marvel’s biggest events, such as House of M, Secret Invasion, Siege, and Civil War II.
For many fans, Bendis has represented an entire generation of Marvel Comics, and his move to DC Comics will represent a huge shift in the industry. However, given that Bendis has pretty much shaped a lot of the Marvel Comics we know today, it will be interesting to see what this move brings.