The man who gave us amazing heroes such as Miles Morales, Brian Michael Bendis, has left Marvel to sign an exclusive deal with DC Comics.
DC dropped the announcement in a tweet confirming not only that Bendis will switch over to the house of Superman and Co., but that their deal entails an undisclosed number of years and it’s exclusive.
Bendis confirmed the announcement via his own Twitter without much details about what he’ll be doing at DC or when we’ll be able to hear further news.
The biggest news here is definitely the fact that Marvel is losing one of their biggest creative staff members, but if I have to be completely honest I would say that Bendis hasn’t been at the top of his game as of late and I’d dare say it’s possible that the many problems at Marvel, both public and internal, had something to do with that. Bendis’ last big event was Civil War II, which felt extremely forced and hasn’t really left large repercussions in the Marvel Universe, as had been promised.
For their part, Marvel offered a brief press announcement addressing the situation:
Brian is a great partner and has contributed incredible stories and characters to the Marvel Universe over the years. We appreciate his creativity and professionalism, and we wish him the best on his future projects.
Thanks to Bendis, the legacy of iconic heroes like Spider-Man and Iron Man are left in good hands, Miles Morales and Riri Williams respectively, both of his creations who have gathered much popularity among the comic book reading community at large. The writer’s accolades also include the creation of Jessica Jones, rebooting Guardians of the Galaxy, his help redefining Daredevil before Ed Brubaker came around, and taking point on multiple crossover events including House of M and Secret Invasion.
This is definitely a hard pill to swallow for Marvel and now it’s only a matter of time to see which of their writers will manage to fill the large empty panel left in Bendis’ absence.