DC Comics has signed writer Brian Michael Bendis on an exclusive deal. Bendis is best known for his work with Marvel, where he created the characters Jessica Jones, Miles Morales (Ultimate Spider-Man), Riri Williams (Iron Man) and Daisy Johnson (Quake). He is also the co-creator of the Powers series, which was originally based at Image Comics before moving to Marvel’s Icon imprint.
As the age of comic book adaptations has boomed across movies and TV, the influence of Bendis’ work has been hard to miss. On TV side, Chloe Bennet plays Daisy Johnson on ABC’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., and Krysten Ritter stars in the Jessica Jones Netflix series. Let's not forget that Powers ran for two seasons on PlayStation Network before being canceled, either.
Meanwhile, on the big screen, a Miles Morales animated movie is on the way, and the character was already teased in a Spider-Man: Homecoming Easter egg. Plus, fans are already wondering whether a Marvel Cinematic Universe incarnation of Riri Williams could be introduced following Robert Downey Jnr’s eventual Iron Man retirement.
In nabbing Bendis, then, DC has got a prolific comic book writer whose ideas translate very well into other media. The deal, which could be hugely profitable for DC, was announced via Twitter:
— DC (@DCComics) November 7, 2017
DC’s announcement describes the deal as exclusive, multiyear and multi-faceted. Bendis also took to his own Twitter account to assure fans the announcement is genuine, and that he’s got a lot of ideas lined up:
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
This is an exciting time for DC, then. Bendis is skilled at creating memorable new characters and rejuvenating old ones, finding ways to make an iconic superhero universe feel fresh. Also, he’s barely worked for DC at all before, with only a single issue (Batman Chronicles #21, “Citizen Wayne”) to his name. He's coming in with something of a blank slate to start from, then. Whichever DC titles he works on first, Bendis is bound to be a major shot in the arm for the publisher.
However, there will be some Marvel fans that are sad to see Bendis go. His work for Marvel has been truly extensive, and his absence will surely be felt. As Bendis puts it himself, though, “Change is good. Change is healthy.” Rather than focusing on the Marvel work he can’t do anymore, it's best to look forward to how Bendis could revamp DC and what the future might hold. Bendis has a brand new box of toys to play with now, which is a very interesting prospect.
Source: DC Comics
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