Marvel legend Brian Michael Bendis rocked the comics world when it was announced that he was swapping allegiances by joining up with DC Comics. The longtime Marvel writer (17 years!) announced last November that he would be switching teams in the comics world with an exclusive long-term, multifaceted deal with DC.
Now there’s a new report about the Jessica Jones, Quake, Riri Williams, and Miles Morales creator’s first effort for the home of the Justice League.
According to ComicBook.com, the first DC story from Bendis will be a backup story in the landmark Action Comics #1000, with art by none other than DC co-publisher Jim Lee. An epic start for an epic writer, this issue is already a milestone for being the first major American comic to hit quadruple digits.
The book itself looks to be one packed to the brim with content, featuring Action Comics writer Dan Jurgens’ main feature and another secondary story from Superman’s Peter J. Tomasi and Patrick Gleason.
With Bendis facing some health issues that have slowed things down around the transition, fans are still champing at the bit to see which 'books Bendis will tackle. Something like Justice League or Batman would seem like a lock, though something a bit further off the radar like Green Arrow or Jonah Hex could also be a good fit for the versatile writer. Bendis revitalized numerous characters and created more than a few hits during his Marvel tenure, so it stands to reason DC will want to get his hands on quite a lot of properties. Regardless, an early association with Superman is never a bad thing.
If Bendis’ DC debut is aiming to make a splash, celebrating 80 years of Superman isn’t a bad way to go about it.