Yesterday saw the biggest comics industry shift in talent in years, and members of that industry have taken
On Tuesday morning, DC Comics announced that it had signed Brian Michael Bendis, an architect of the Marvel Universe for more than 15 years, to an exclusive, multiyear contract.
"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 himself 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
Later in the day, Marvel Comics provided ComicBook.com with a statement in response to the news.
“Brian is a great partner and has contributed incredible stories and characters to the Marvel Universe over the years," Marvel's statement said. "We appreciate his creativity and professionalism, and we wish him the best on his future projects.”
Bendis has received multiple Eisner Awards for his work at Marvel Comics, work that includes reinventing Spider-Man in Ultimate Spider-Man, a critically-acclaimed run on Daredevil, practically rebooting the entire Avengers franchise, and creating characters like Jessica Jones and Miles Morales.
With that in mind, it should come as no surprise that it wasn't just Marvel Comics as a publisher that took notice of Bendis's move. Bendis's colleagues in the comics industry - writers and artists working for DC Comics, Marvel, and others - took to social media to comment on this moment in comic book history.
Here are some of the most notable responses.
DC Comics president and chief creative officer Geoff Johns, who has been seen by many fans as Bendis's opposite number at DC Comics, is looking forward to working with Bendis.
Deadpool, Cable, and X-Force creator Rob Liefeld thanked Bendis for "making comics great again."
Thank you @BRIANMBENDIS for making comics great again!— robertliefeld (@robertliefeld) November 7, 2017
Greg Pak, Bendis's Marvel colleague who wrote the "Planet Hulk" storyline in the pages of Incredible Hulk and the World War Hulk event that followed, offered Bendis congratulations and a joke about superhero names.
Creators Phil Hester and Chip Zdarsky both made jokers about Bendis's move.
This @BRIANMBENDIS to DC news finally proves a comic creator can trend on twitter without dying.— Phillip Hester (@philhester) November 7, 2017
@BRIANMBENDIS was it something I said— Real Chip Zdarsky (@zdarsky) November 7, 2017
Spider-Man writer Dan Slott also lead with a humorous comment, but then got a bit more serious.
Theory:— Dan Slott (@DanSlott) November 7, 2017
That weight @BRIANMBENDIS has been losing?
He's been shipping himself to DC in installments.
Like Radar smuggling a jeep in M.A.S.H.
.@BRIANMBENDIS, I will always read EVERYTHING you write no matter where, because you're one of the best ever.— Dan Slott (@DanSlott) November 7, 2017
And Batman writer Scott Snyder is eager to work alongside Bendis.
Getting to work along side @brianmbendis is yet another comic dream realized this year. Brian, you're going to slay! Cannot wait!— Scott Snyder (@Ssnyder1835) November 7, 2017