Brian Michael Bendis, a writer who has written numerous landmark storylines for characters such as Daredevil, Spider-Man, the Fantastic Four, the Avengers, and the X-Men, was revealed today to have signed a multi-year exclusive deal with DC Comics, thereby effectively bringing his relationship with Marvel to a close, at least for now.
The announcement was made by DC Comics via their official Twitter account: "We are beyond thrilled to welcome Brian Michael Bendis exclusively to the DC family with a multiyear, multifaceted deal".
After the ending of Ultimate Spider-Man in 2011, the brand was relaunched in September that year as Ultimate Comics: Spider-Man. In addition to creating characters like Miles Morales and Jessica Jones, he presided over a super popular relaunch of the Avengers in 2004 and was the creative force behind several Marvel event series, including Secret Invasion and Age of Ultron.
This will mark Bendis' first foray into DC Comics in over a decade, with his last work at the Marvel rival being a story for 2007's Batman: The Greatest Stories Ever Told, Volume 2. And which writers would you like to see take over for Bendis on his current comics?
Brian is a great partner and has contributed incredible stories and characters to the Marvel Universe over the years. What does he have planned for the DC universe - could it be yet another reboot? It's easy to imagine Bendis putting dialogue in Dick Grayson's mouth in Nightwing, or DC reviving titles like Gotham Central or The Question under his watch.
In any case, it's rare that a talent so associated with one company makes a leap like this, and this is a huge get for DC Comics.
Bendis is now writing Invincible Iron Man, Spider-Man, Jessica Jones, and The Defenders for Marvel.
Bendis confirmed the news shortly after, saying "change is good".