Brian Michael Bendis signs exclusive deal with DC Comics

Creator leaves Marvel for a ‘multiyear, multi-faceted deal’ with DC.

After almost two decades of writing stories for Marvel, Brian Michael Bendis has signed a “multiyear, multi-faceted deal” with DC Comics.

The publisher announced the news on Twitter this morning:

And Bendis responded:

While Bendis worked at places like Caliber and Image before working at Marvel, he’s only had one previous story published by DC — a story in Batman Chronicles #21 titled “Citizen Wayne” with frequent collaborator Michael Gaydos. No doubt many fans will expect, and hope for, new Batman tales from the writer.

Exclusive talent announcements from Marvel and DC don’t grab headlines as often as they used to, but this one is certainly huge. The 50-year-old writer has helped redefine Marvel’s characters for the modern era possibly more than any other writer, leaving his influence on them in comics, on television and on the big screen. Beyond influential runs on Avengers, Daredevil, Guardians of the Galaxy and the X-Men titles (where he re-introduced the classic, original X-Men as teenage time travelers), he’s created characters like Jessica Jones and Miles Morales for the publisher, both of whom have won new fans on and off the page. It’ll be interesting to see what Marvel does with both these characters in his absence.

Image up top by Mike Henderson from Nailbiter #7

Disclosure: The author of this post also writes for Marvel.com.

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