DC Comics Signs Brian Michael Bendis to Exclusive Contract
- Jamie Ballard
Brian Michael Bendis is ending his 18 years with Marvel Comics and signing an exclusive deal with DC Comics. Marvel has since released a statement on the long-time writer's departure. He wrote for virtually all the big franchises: Amazing Spider-Man, Daredevil, and The Avengers, plus Ultimate versions of X-Men and Fantastic Four. He co-created Jessica Jones with Michael Gaydos, Spider-Man Miles Morales with Sara Pichelli, and Ironheart Riri Williams with Mike Deodato, not to mention reinventing characters like Luke Cage and Spider-Woman Jessica Drew.
Brian Michael Bendis had spent most of the 1990s working for Caliber Comics, which is where he met numerous creators that he would work with in the future, including David Mack, Mike Avon Oeming, Marc Andreyko and, presumably, Michael Gaydos, who drew a few comics for Caliber Comics during that time (Ed Brubaker also worked for Caliber Comics in that same era). That makes this move all the more intriguing, because it's hard to predict what he'll do in the DC sandbox.
"I am bursting with ideas and inspirations".
"And for the Marvel faithful, while this kind of news can seem like a gut punch it's all good and stay tuned", Quesada said.
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This deal may actually have a bigger impact on Marvel than it does on DC.
In addition to creating those characters, Bendis has had a hand in crafting stories for many of Marvel's household names.
In recent years, Bendis's ubiquity has come to represent Marvel's reliance on a core group of long-established (and overwhelmingly white and male) writers. Will Marvel take this opportunity to refresh its pool of talent, or will we just see a reshuffle of established writers?