If you're worried about Marvel Comics suffering some major brain drain following Brian Michael Bendis' move to DC, worry not— the comics giant announced today that it has signed an exclusive contract with the great Chip Zdarsky.
Described by Marvel in a statement as "one of the most versatile creators in the comic industry," Zdarsky made his Marvel debut with his hilarious reboot of Howard the Duck. The series (with art by Joe Quinones) quickly became a must-read title, and in March 2015 ended up being the seventh best-selling comic of the month. He filled the book with guest appearances from many Marvel favorites, most notably a constantly grief-stricken Peter Parker.
Zdarsky went on to write a slightly more serious take on Parker last February with Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man, as well as contributing many "Zdarsky Zingers" as the writer of Marvel 2-In-One. His work also includes Star-Lord, The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, and Civil War II. He's already working on two titles set to arrive this June — Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man Annual #1, and Marvel 2-in-One Annual #1.
Zdarsky shared that he is "thrilled" to be with the company, and equally thrilled about the freedom the new deal is going to give him. As he says, "This deal means I get to do whatever I want with whatever characters I want and nobody can stop me, which is great." He goes on to say that he feels "reinvigorated."
Editor-in-chief C.B. Cebulski poked fun at Zdarsky, saying, "What more can be said about Chip Zdarsky that he hasn't already said about himself?" After he was done ribbing his new writer, Cebulski also stated that they are "proud to have him as part of the Marvel family and to let him do whatever he wants with whatever characters he wants." Just to hedge his bets, he followed that up with a "Maybe."
This is a very positive step for Marvel, as Zdarsky's work (Howard the Duck in particular) has proved time and again to be must-read material. What will his tenure include after he finishes the two titles that he's already working on? It would seem that the sky's the limit: If he's truly free to work on whatever he likes using any character he likes, then we could be in for a very special and very crazy ride.
What do you hope to see from the Zdarsky era at Marvel? What character would you love to see him take on? Let us know in the comments.