– by Emmanuel Gomez

Marvel Comics has had a lot of issues to deal with recently, from the criticism of their legacy characters like Thor, Bruce Banner and The Fantastic Four, to their love affair with #1’s and variant covers to boost sales. Today, they took yet another blow with the announcement of the departure of one of their long time writers to DC Comics.

DC Comics announced today that Brian Michael Bendis has signed a “multilayered” exclusive deal with them. They stated that:

“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 retweeted the announcement and added his own statement saying, “This is real. I love you all. Change is good. Change is healthy. I am bursting with ideas and inspiriations. Details to come! Stay tuned!”

DC Entertainment President and Cheif Creative Officer Geoff Johns also took to twitter saying that he was, “Very excited to have my friend @BRIANMBENDIS over at @DCComics – Cannot wait to finally do something together, pal!”

Bendis has been writing for Marverl for almost 18 years, with titles like Ultimate Spider-Man, House of M, Daredevil, and Secret Invasion. He has had his hand in creating characters like Jessica Jones with Michael Gaydos, Miles Morales with Sara Pichelli and Riri Williams with Mike Deodato. This is an interesting announcement given that he is currently writing Invincible Iron Man, Spider-Man II, Jessica Jones, and Defenders for Marvel. For now there is no timetable on when those titles will end or with his contract with DC will begin. For now let the speculation begin! What would you like to see Bendis take on at DC Comics?

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  • Venomaide

    Big deal. Stan the man wrote for DC. Brian is no Stan.

  • Mad Barchetta

    Wow! Big news. For good or bad, he’s been one of the prime shapers of the Marvel Universe for nearly 20 years. I would argue only Joe Quesada has had move impact/influence on Marvel stories during that time. Bendis has truly had some genius moments, as well as some very divisive ones. I wonder what the true genesis of this move is: an offer too good to refuse and/or greener pastures @ DC, being shown the door at Marvel for some reason and being lucky to land at DC, or Marvel just quietly letting him go because they believe he’s run out of ideas.

  • Smerdyakov

    DC readers…prepare to be bored.

  • Victor Roa

    You know, about 12 years ago, I sat down a pannel of J Scott Campbell preaching about creator owned comics…. and then 3 months after launching Wildsider he stopped to do covers for DC and Marvel….. that money is really really really really big.
    Now Bendis does play well with others, but like so was Grand Morrison and Mark Waid like 8 years ago when 52 started. George Perez (who DC owes a lot to) only did 6 issues of Supergirl and then got kicked out and even Rob Liefeld also expressed problems with DC even though he’s a hack. I don’t doubt they are giving Bendis creative control and commanding orders to his own staff which he actually showed off well at Marvel writing like 10 comics a month for over 20 years. But all the shit DC gets for their films their comics are a dumpster fire that even Hobos don’t want to be around. Their behind on trades, slow on digital format, they never communicate from editors to writers and then on top of that they reboot everything in less than 6 issues.
    I honestly would be happier if they announced Bendis is replacing Dan Didio (we are making comics for 45 year old white males).

    • Behemothrex

      LOL who do you think reads comics, its not millennial’s Maybe he is leaving Marvel becaue it is going down fast due to all the no talent SJW influence, sales are in the crapper. Books keep getting rebooted over and over because no one will buy them but they keep pushing these stupid characters on us. And no 45 year old is going to buy one of these “New” comic runs for their kids because they are not comics, they are just preaching stupid shit.

      • Victor Roa

        No, the “SJW” meme is the contrary to what is happening. Two things, one is Diamond Comic Distributors Inc is still the main source of comic book sales, and diamond only sells to comic book stores and only offers a per store policy. They don’t sell to other outlets so their reach is limited. And second the death of the mall is happening. In the early 2000s comics could coast along with Mangas and be sold in trades and shelved better than solo comics at Barnes and Nobels.
        Marvel isn’t dead, they are far from 1996’s chapter 11, but the truth is comic sales are poor but interest is higher then ever. Comics still pay insane money for artists and writer it’s due to the fact licensing does a fuck ton.
        The “SJW” meme is a sad one considering XMen or Teen Titans would have easily be considered “SJW” in 1984.

  • syambo87

    wondering if thanks to the MCU, the comics are switching gears to match the MCU story line… which is a limitation in terms of creativity to start or create new stories and merely just expanding from the current plot… I think in terms of a real creative story approach… DC need him more than Marvel and probably he feels the same as well… and like Stan Lee.. Stan wrote some stories for DC…

    maybe i’m wrong and maybe other comic book readers don’t feel as such but to me.. Marvel Comics doesn’t seem to be pulling the reigns anymore and seems like they’re a secondary medium to tell more stories driven from the MCU Movies… especially with Iron Man and Guardians and Captain America… but they killed captain america… probably forcing MCU to go in that direction? but there are still comics that are their stand alone stories that are doing pretty well..

    DC on the other hand… haven’t picked up a DC comic in a while… looking at some of the old comics i’ve missed out on…