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Brian Michael Bendis promises more of his creator-owned comic Scarlet, plus a TV series

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Jan 2, 2018

Brian Michael Bendis is about to undergo the biggest move of his long and esteemed comic book career: A move from Marvel Comics — where he wrote exclusively for nearly two decades — to DC Comics, where he'll no doubt be handed some of the publisher's biggest titles.

While the move is certainly exciting for fans, it also raises some questions, like who will take over Bendis' various Marvel titles and characters (most notably Ultimate Spider-Man Miles Morales) to what will happen to the various creator-owned books Bendis published under Marvel's Icon imprint. 

Now, we have an answer to at least one of those questions.

Bendis' Icon series Scarlet — the story of a fierce young woman who battles a corrupt system and ends up starting a second American Revolution — has not published a new issue since June of 2016. Co-created with longtime collaborator Alex Maleev, the series is among the most daring Bendis projects in recent years, and around the time the last issue was published he even teased that a TV series was in development. Since then, though, we've heard relatively little about the future of the series in either comics or TV form. 

On New Year's Day, a fan reached out to Bendis asking if there was any news about what's next for Scarlet, and Bendis enthusiastically replied. 

For those who don't know, nearly a month ago Bendis took to Twitter to report that a major MRSA infection attack nearly killed him, leaving him bed-ridden and very weak. He has since updated fans multiple times to report that he's recovering well and eager to get back to work, but it meant that various projects were delayed.

As a result, it's not clear when we'll get definitive news about Scarlet in either format. It's also not clear who the "new publishing partner" is. It could be a DC imprint or it could be another creator-owned outlet like Image. Whatever the case, Bendis clearly hasn't abandoned the title.