Bendis, the man who has defined the last 15+ years of Marvel continuity, the architect of the architects, is moving to DC.
This morning, DC Comics took to Twitter to announce that they had signed an exclusive deal with comics writer Brian Michael Bendis.
— DC (@DCComics) November 7, 2017
Bendis confirmed the choking, stunning, news in his own tweet:
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
To the average reader, Bendis is perhaps best known for his role in co-creating the Marvel character Jessica Jones alongside artist Michael Gaydos. Jones recently had a starring role in her own eponymously named and critically acclaimed Netflix series, where she is portrayed by actress Krysten Ritter.
Beyond Jessica Jones, however, Bendis has worked extensively with Marvel Comics over the last two decades, penning a run on Ultimate Spider-Man which started in 2000 and arguably continues to this day, depending on how you categorize relaunches and similar tide shifts. That run resulted in the creation of Miles Morales, a black and Boricua teenager who donned the Spider-Man superhero identity alongside Peter Parker. He also wrote an enormous run on The Avengers and wrote House of M, a Marvel event comic which had massive, long-standing repercussions on that publisher’s shared universe.
Bendis’ move to DC comes at an opportune time for the writer. Some of his more recent Marvel work has not been quite as highly regarded as his earlier innovations. In particular, he wrote the widely panned Civil War II event for Marvel last year. Bendis himself tacitly indicated that change would be good in his tweet.
Despite having had a career in comics that spans decades, Bendis has almost never worked with DC before. His only previous credit with the publisher appears to be Batman Chronicles #21 (2000), where he and Gaydos told a short story about the Dark Knight which parodied the seminal film Citizen Kane.
There’s no denying that Bendis has been one of the most prolific creators working in direct market comics over the last generation, particularly at Marvel, so Bendis’ move to DC Comics has major implications for both his own career and the big two superhero publishers’ current positions in the marketplace.
Bends’s position at Marvel wasn’t just as a writer – he was a highly influential figure who had major input at retreats and served on the committee that advised the MCU for a while. he also had an impact on the animation at DC.
In its own way, this is like when Kirby left Marvel.
No announcements have been made about the specific projects Bendis will be working on at DC at this time. Stay tuned to the Beat for further coverage.
—Additional Reporting by Heidi MacDonald
Alex is the Managing Editor of the Comics Beat. He is also a freelance comics editor with previous credits at Papercutz. He is your go-to fella for creator interviews, conversations about comic book structure, and general DC Comics nerding. Currently geeking out over movies, too.