Brian Michael Bendis Leaves Marvel, Signs Exclusivity Deal With DC

Former Clevelander Brian Michael Bendis has switched sides and will now write comics exclusively for DC, according to a DC tweet. His young black and Latino character Miles Morales gained headlines in 2011 when he became the title hero in Ultimate Spider-Man (another character of Bendis', Riri Williams, has done the same recently for being the heir apparent to Tony Stark in Ironman). Bendis is arguably one of their best writers, and has been a fixture of Marvel for almost two decades.

Bendis, who has played an important role in shaping Marvel's comic book line for over 15 years, is best known for penning noteworthy comics such as Ultimate Spider-Man, New Avengers, Daredevil, House of M, Secret Invasion, Siege and Civil War II among many others.

DC broke the news on Twitter with a message that had comics fans scrambling to figure out if it could even be real, after Bendis' 18 years with Marvel. "Change is healthy. I am bursting with ideas and inspirations".

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"And for the Marvel faithful, while this kind of news can seem like a gut punch it's all good and stay tuned", Quesada continued.

In addition to creating those characters, Bendis has had a hand in crafting stories for many of Marvel's household names.

This deal may actually have a bigger impact on Marvel than it does on DC. And Bendis also co-created the comic series Alias, which introduced Jessica Jones to the world long before Netflix did (the writer worked on the TV series, too). Will Marvel take this opportunity to refresh its pool of talent, or will we just see a reshuffle of established writers?

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