With the release of Invincible Iron Man #600 late last month, Brian Michael Bendis has officially left the building at Marvel Comics. His long career at the publisher saw him create iconic characters and helm some of the biggest stories Marvel had, to the point that Bendis was writing so many series he's actually said goodbye four different times.
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Last year, it was announced that Brian Michael Bendis - who made his name at Marvel creating characters such as Miles Morales and Jessica Jones, and headlining iconic comics runs at the publisher for over a decade - would be leaving to work at DC Comics. It's only now, though, that some of his goodbyes are finally hitting shelves.
In advance of his new turn bringing Superman into a whole new era, Brian Michael Bendis sat down at a panel at SXSW in Austin yesterday to talk about the joy and burden of Superman's revolutionary hope.
Brian Michael Bendis started his writing career doing independent creator-owned comics and, no matter how big he got in the world of large-scale superheroics, he always kept a hand in that realm. That tradition will continue at DC Comics, his new publishing home, which will be releasing his all-new ongoing series Cover and Pearl.
After months of speculation about what Brian Michael Bendis was up to at DC now that he's left Marvel, the publisher announced today that Bendis is taking over writing duties for three Superman titles, resurrecting Jinxworld, and launching an all-new imprint.
This week the comics world was shaken by the announcement that Marvel Comics stalwart Brian Michael Bendis would be leaving after 17 years as one of the publisher's most influential writers to exclusively write for DC. Now that the initial shock is passed, another question remains: What will Bendis actually be writing?
For years, Brian Michael Bendis has been one of the biggest and best-known writers of Marvel Comics. The author helped create Miles Morales and Jessica Jones and has spent years writing them and other iconic Marvel characters such as Iron Man, the Guardians of the Galaxy, and Daredevil. And now he's jumped ship to DC.
Unsurprisingly, given the upcoming Netflix show, Marvel is also bringing back the Defenders in the comics, with writer Brian Michael Bendis and artist David Marquez. Which is, on the one hand, a nice attempt to create a comic that people watching the shows can use as an easy entry point. On the other hand, it does sound like a craven money grab with a name people will recognise.
As if one surprising new character becoming Iron Man wasn't enough for a single week, Marvel Comics has got another one for you. A new comic called Infamous Iron Man will feature Victor Von Doom in Tony Stark's red and yellow armour.