WELL OF course DC Comics is “beyond thrilled.”
As the publisher announced this morning in a move that stunned fans, Brian Michael Bendis — the writer of such Marvel titles as Ultimate Spider-Man, the Avengers and Jessica Jones — has leapt to DC.
Yes, Bendis wrote for DC a decade ago, but this is different. This time, it’s exclusive — meaning the rock-star writer is ending his relationship with Marvel.
All those years on Daredevil and Iron Man and the Guardians of the Galaxy. The rise of Miles Morales and Jessica Jones and Riri Williams. Bendis soared at the House of Ideas, and even his more recent critics (yes, he wrote the “Civil War II” crossover) must acknowledge that the departure is a big loss for Marvel.
“Brian is a great partner and has contributed incredible stories and characters to the Marvel Universe over the years,” Marvel said in a statement. “We appreciate his creativity and professionalism, and we wish him the best on his future projects.”
The Portland-based Bendis, meanwhile, gets to play in a new superhero sandbox.
“Change is good. Change is healthy. I am bursting with ideas and inspiration,” Bendis tweeted Tuesday morning.
DC Comics says his is a “multiyear, multifaceted” deal. Because if you have a shot at an all-star, you lock him down for the long haul.
And for fans, the hope is that such a major change will stoke Bendis’s creative strengths anew.
As Bendis told The Post’s Comic Riffs in 2013: “I really care, and [fans] like that I care.”
This post has been updated.