– 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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SOURCE: Various (links in tweets above)