DC Comics dropped a bombshell on Twitter this morning when they announced the signing of a “multiyear, multi-faceted deal” that would bring writer Brian Michael Bendis to the publisher. It might sound like hyperbole to say this represents a seismic shift in the comic book industry, but it sure doesn’t feel like it. Bendis has spent much of the last two decades writing for Marvel, a tenure that includes landmark (and often lengthy) runs on ‘Ultimate Spider-Man’, ‘New Avengers’, ‘Daredevil’, ‘Alias’, and ‘All-New X-Men’, as well as countless event series.
Following DC’s announcement and Bendis’s confirmation (also on Twitter), Marvel’s Chief Creative Officer and former Editor in Chief Joe Quesada took to the platform to issue his own response. After thanking Bendis for his years of hard work and friendship, Quesada continued to address the stunning news across a series of tweets, looking back on his time working with Bendis and (in true Marvel fashion) teasing things to come:
During my time as EIC we had a lot of fun, rattled a lot of cages & made what I hope will be viewed in retrospect by fans as some fun comics.
While I will undoubtedly miss having him at Marvel I want to congratulate Bri on his upcoming gig at DC and wish him nothing but success
As a fan, the change of corner box will not dampen my desire to read whatever he does next and look forward to his upcoming projects
And for the Marvel faithful, while this kind of news can seem like a gut punch it’s all good and stay tuned
We have some big things coming your way as well as some surprises up our sleeves.
2018 is going to be a great year to be a comic book fan so strap in kids it’s gonna be a hell of a ride and I don’t want you falling out.
So what do you think Quesada is talking about when he promises that Marvel has some surprises up their sleeves? Which characters or titles would you most like to see Bendis tackle at DC? Let us know in the comments, and be sure to check back for more as this story develops.