Brian Michael Bendis at DC is Good for Everyone
On Tuesday morning, news broke that after close to two decades with Marvel Comics, Brian Michael Bendis had signed an exclusive deal with rival publisher DC Comics.
— DC (@DCComics) November 7, 2017
Then, Bendis followed up the news on Twitter by saying:
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
And though the details of the deal remain a mystery, like what titles Bendis might be taking over, one thing is clear.
Bendis at DC is a Good Thing for DC
The obvious winner in Brian Michael Bendis signing with DC Comics is, of course, DC Comics. After half a decade of struggling to cultivate talent and draw readers in, DC hit it big with Rebirth in 2016. Over the last two years, DC has produced some excellent books from great creative teams. The sales numbers back that up, too.
Adding Bendis to the roster increases DC’s opportunities to build on these successes. With 18 years of experience at Marvel, Bendis offers DC not only his talent but his name notoriety. Some fans see his name on the cover a book they’ve never heard of and pick it up because of the writer’s credit. Now, DC will benefit from that loyal fanbase.
Brian Michael Bendis at DC is a Good Thing for Marvel
For close to 18 years, Brian Michael Bendis has played in Marvel’s sandbox. In no particular order, he’s written Avengers, X-Men, Guardians of the Galaxy, Daredevil, Ultimate Spider-Man, Alias, and half of the Marvel event series of the last 10 years.
But at this point, what’s left for him to write? Honestly, not much. He’s currently writing a second series starring Jessica Jones with the same interior and cover artists as the first series.
Bendis, arguably, holds the title of the most prolific writer of the last 20 years at Marvel. As such, he’s exhausted the major properties the publisher has for him to work on. And with Fantastic Four off the table for the foreseeable future, Bendis has little trail left to blaze at Marvel.
Besides, Marvel is in a bit of a rebuilding phase these days, much like DC was just a couple of years ago. Bendis moving on is an opportunity for the publisher to continue to cultivate new talent. Writers like Ed Brisson, Jim Zub, Al Ewing, Kelly Thompson, Matt Rosenberg, and others now have an opportunity to thrive.
Brian Michael Bendis at DC is a Good Thing for Fans
Simply put, Brian Michael Bendis defines A-list creator. Regardless of the title his name graces the cover of, that book sells well, historically. With Bendis at DC, fans benefit from a new era of Bendis-penned books with characters and concepts he’s never played with before.
While DC has not announced any books yet, some obvious choices stand out already. Given his success with Daredevil at Marvel, a Bendis-written Batman title makes sense. And considering his long runs on team books like The Avengers, a Justice League title seems like a good fit.
The opportunities are endless. Regardless of the book he lands on, though, fans have something new and exciting coming.
Brian Michael Bendis at DC is a Good Things for Bendis
At the end of the day, comics creators making comics is always a positive, regardless of at what publisher. Bendis signing exclusively at DC means good things for him. His income is secure and his family has the opportunity for good healthcare.
As most fans know, comic books do not appear out of thin air. Writers, artists, inks, colorists, letters, editors, and more all contribute to every comic reader enjoy. Every single one. And to be frank, creators don’t get into comics to become Mark Millar or Robert Kirkman. They do it because they love the medium, even if it doesn’t always pay the bills. So, this deal means security for one of the industry’s biggest names. And it’s paramount that we take care of the people who make these books we love.
Frank Gogol is a comic book writer who dabbles in reviewing as a way to learn his craft. His approach to reviewing comics is equal parts critique and analysis. For more from Frank, follow him @frankgogol on Twitter.