The shock move was confirmed this morning in a statement issued to DC Comics' Twitter, confirming not just that Bendis was now writing for the publisher, but had also signed an exclusivity deal with DC, effectively terminating Bendis' ongoing and involved relationship with Marvel. "Change is good. Change is healthy".
It will be interesting to see who will be replacing Bendis in the four titles he is now writing and when they will come. He's done a few Image comics too, further developing them into TV shows (Powers) and screenplays (Jinx and A.K.A. Goldfish), but in all his years in the comics business, he has never written anything for DC.
He started his tenure at Marvel that same year with Ultimate Spider-Man, which retold the early days of Peter Parker from a fresh perspective, free of decades of continuity. Marvel has yet to announce when his runs on those books might end but did release a statement to CBR regarding his imminent departure.
Outside of his work on Ultimate Spider-Man, Bendis is behind an innumerable amount of iconic comics for Marvel.
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Bendis also wrote Ultimate Spider-Man, which was a new take on Peter Parker.
Even for folks who don't follow comics, Bendis' work has likely come across their cultural radar.
While he had worked with DC characters before (see the 2007 collection Batman: The Greatest Stories Ever Told, Volume 2), Bendis has long become synonymous with the Marvel universe. A Marvel spokesperson thanked Bendis for his tenure with the company and wished him luck with his future projects. I love you all.
Expect news on Bendis' first DC title soon. I for one, can't wait to see what he does.