Brian Michael Bendis, the writer who has been a pillar of the Marvel Universe for over 15 years, has signed exclusively with DC Comics.
DC Comics made the announcement on Twitter Tuesday morning.
Here's the official tweet:
"We are beyond thrilled to welcome Brian Michael Bendis exclusively to the DC family with a multiyear, multi-faceted deal," DC's statement reads. "He's one of the premier writers in the industry, having created so many unforgettable stories wherever he's been and we can't wait to see what he has planned for the DC Universe."
Bendis confirmed the news, retweeting the DC Comics announcement.
"This is real," Bendis tweeted. "I love you all. Change is good. Change is healthy. I am bursting with ideas and inspirations. Details to come! Stay tuned!"
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
Bendis is the recipient of multiple Eisner Awards. He began working at Marvel Comics in 2000, reimagining Peter Parker's origin for a new generation in Ultimate Spider-Man.
Bendis then began work in the main Marvel universe. He created the character Jessica Jones in the Marvel MAX series Alias and wrote a definitive run on Daredevil.
Bendis also reshaped the Avengers, beginning with the "Avengers Disassembled" story, which ended the ongoing Avengers series and disbanded the traditional team. He then launched New Avengers, a modern take on the Avengers with a new roster that included Captain America, Iron Man, Wolverine, Luke Cage, Spider-Woman, Spider-Man, and the Sentry. The launch of New Avengers, considered risky at the time, helped bring the Avengers to a new level of popularity not seen before.
Since then, Bendis has written most of Marvel's marquee characters, including the X-Men, Iron Man, and the Defenders. He's also created some of Marvel's most popular new characters, including Jessica Jones, Miles Morales, and Ironheart, and penned several of Marvel's biggest events, including House of M, Secret Invasion, Siege, and Civil War II.
For an entire generation of comic book readers, Bendis has been the definition of Marvel Comics. His move to DC Comics will represent a seismic shift in the industry.