Look out the window – it appears that pigs are flying.
Announced this morning via DC’s official Twitter account – and confirmed via the man’s himself – Brian Michael Bendis has signed a new exclusive contract with DC Comics.
— DC (@DCComics) November 7, 2017
This is real. I love you all. Change is good. Change is healthy. I am bursting with ideas and inspirations. Details to come! Stay tuned! https://t.co/S1x5JDmGTt
— BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS (@BRIANMBENDIS) November 7, 2017
Bendis has been with Marvel since 2000, where he launched “Ultimate Spider-Man,” one of the books that helped Marvel establish itself as the comics powerhouse it has been for the vast majority of the 21st century. Bendis then went on to write “Daredevil,” “Avengers,” “All-New X-Men,” “Iron Man,” “Guardians of the Galaxy,” co-create Jessica Jones in the MAX “Alias” title, co-created Miles Morales in “Ultimate Spider-Man,” and write or co-write most of Marvel’s large events for a decade.
Bendis has been, perhaps, the name most associated with Marvel – and specifically, popular Marvel runs – in the course of his time there. That is not to say that Bendis does not have his detractors. His style of writing is heavily decompressed, which seemed innovative when he first broke on the scene, but has not aged particularly well, at least in the estimation of this writer.
That said, this is about as big of a ‘get’ as possible by DC, and perhaps the change in environment will do Bendis well. A fresh universe to play in may lead to some iconic stories. And, as the DC3cast’s Zach Wilkerson said, his first book at DC will likely be one of the best selling titles of the decade, just based on curiosity.
What is of particular note is that the term ‘multi-faceted’ in the description of the deal. Bendis has had his hand in some television work, specifically the adaptation of his creator-owned series “Powers” and some of the Marvel animated series. Perhaps part of the allure was the ability to work in other media, in addition to his comics output.
Regardless, this is giant news, and we will be covering any new developments.