A deal like that, Bendis almost certainly has at least some of his new workload in place and we’ll find out about it soon enough, but now’s the time when folks get to speculate about what they’d really like to see Bendis working on. Far being it from me to swim against the current, so…
Lead a Vertigo revival.
For my money, Bendis is at his best when he’s getting his Mamet on. AKA Goldfish, Jinx, Daredevil, Scarlet, Powers. I’ve got a first print of Fire around here somewhere. Vertigo’s not been doing terribly well on the sales charts lately. Powers and Astro City would not be terribly mismatched next to each other. If 100 Bullets worked for Vertigo, I’m sure Bendis can write them a crime saga. I welcome Bendis revisiting his roots.
It’s inevitable that Bendis will eventually write Batman. It has been since his Daredevil run and the Batman/Daredevil crossover that was untenable due to industry politics. This is the pure “follow Miller” DD -> Bats move. Some people will have a really bad reaction to just contemplating this move, but you’re going to have a certain number of people upset no matter who’s doing a Batman comic at this point. And let’s face it, if you’re Brian Bendis, do you agree to go exclusive with DC without securing a Bat-title? The real question is which title he’s on?
If it’s going to take awhile to free up a Bat-title, and they don’t feel like adding Shadow of the Bat or a new volume of All-Star Batman, The Question is _probably_ the next most obvious choice for getting back to that early Bendis sensibility. Vic Sage or Renee Montoya? He could either, so fielder’s choice.
Bendis used to do humor. His most famous excursion into unbridled sarcasm is probably Fortune and Glory (which my friends in the TV/film industries tell me is all too accurate). Elongated Man playing up the comedic aspect. Would it sell? That’s not clear. Would it be a worth experiment? Absolutely. I might even be inclined to let him draw it. Yes, Bendis did the full cartoonist back in the day.
That might sound a little out of left field, but Bendis achieved a lot of mainstream comics popularity with Ultimate Spider-Man and it’s various relaunches. Finding a DC teen hero that isn’t a legacy character narrows the field a bit, but Ronnie and Professor Stein arguing inside Ronnie’s head? That’s perfect for Bendis.
What nobody really wants to see, but might happen? Rorschach. Yeah, it’s in the wheelhouse, but all this Watchmen revival business isn’t dignified.
Whatever he ends up doing, Bendis really was due for a change of scenery. Shaking it up every once in a while can be a good thing, much like when he got a bit more involved with his Icon work awhile back and out popped Scarlet.
Todd Allen wears a lot of hats. At various times he’s been (alphabetically), a bouncer, college professor, humor columnist, Internet producer and an NBA/WNBA Beat Writer, among other things. He’s the author of Economics of Digital Comics. You should probably read it.