DC Comics Signs Brian Michael Bendis to Exclusive Deal

The comic book world has been buzzing about DC's acquisition of Brian Michael Bendis, who will be working for the company in a multi-year deal. I am bursting with ideas and inspirations.

Brian Michael Bendis, the superstar writer known for seemingly endless runs as chief writer of titles like Ultimate Spider-Man and Avengers, is making a big change. "Details to come! Stay tuned!"

After the ending of Ultimate Spider-Man in 2011, the brand was relaunched in September that year as Ultimate Comics: Spider-Man. 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.

The statement reads, in full: "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". Bendis subsequently confirmed the news himself, writing, "This is real".

A move to DC Comics - much less a deal for exclusivity with the publisher - marks a big change for the writer, and a big change for his fans. Today, they took yet another blow with the announcement of the departure of one of their long time writers to DC Comics.

He's also now writing several high-profile Marvel titles, including Defenders and Invincible Iron Man.

Although critical reaction to Bendis' work has had swings - he was the writer behind the recent, miserable crossover event Civil War II - Bendis is a crucial writer behind several major books at Marvel at the moment, including Spider-Man, Invincible Iron Man (where he created and shepherded in Riri Williams, the young black MIT student now standing in for Tony Stark as the Iron Avenger), The Defenders, and Jessica Jones.

No official word as to when Bendis' career over at DC Comics is set to begin, or what properties he's hoping to tackle upon getting there.