Brian Michael Bendis Leaves Marvel, Signs Exclusive Deal With DC Comics

DC Comics announced today that the company has signed comics writer Brian Michael Bendis to an exclusive contract, wooing him away from his longtime home at Marvel Comics.

Bendis later retweeted the announcement, confirming it is real and not some nefarious plot by the Anti-Monitor.

Bendis' extended time as writer of Avengers (with titles like New Avengers and a relaunched core Avengers title) was a profound influence on the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and his trademark conversational, snappy dialogue on the comics page seems to echo on the big screen, as well. Change is good. Change is healthy.

Regardless, Bendis is a prolific and inventive writer - not just in comics and animated series (Spider-Man), but screenplays and games too. I am bursting with ideas and inspirations. We wish him luck in his future endeavors and, like DC, can't wait to see what he can do with a fresh slate of characters. "Details to come! Stay tuned!" he continued.

Interestingly enough, Bendis leaving Marvel follows their "big" Marvel Legacy initiative, and Bendis was also a part of Ike Perlmutter's Marvel Comics Creative Committee, so I wonder what has become of that?

Bendis started his run at Marvel in 2000 with Ultimate Spider-Man, the start of a 111-issue run alongside artist Mark Bagley.

Bendis, who has played an important role in shaping Marvel's comic book line for over 15 years, is best known for penning noteworthy comics such as "Ultimate Spider-Man", "New Avengers", "Daredevil", "House of M", "Secret Invasion", "Siege" and "Civil War II" among many others.

What DC characters would you like to see Brian Michael Bendis write? 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.

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