Brian Michael Bendis is leaving Marvel for DC Comics. Typing that still feels weird. After years and years playing at the House of Ideas, what will become of Jessica Jones, Miles Morales, The Defenders, and other stories Bendis had in the pipeline? According to him, he will get to wrap things up nicely.
Responding to a fan on Twitter this evening, Bendis says that Marvel editors Tom Brevoort and Nick Lowe are allowing him to not only finish his current runs, but leave the characters set up for the future.
I am overjoyed to tell you that the insanely classy & cool @TomBrevoort & @nick_lowe_ are making this transition with such grace and have generously allowed me final moments with all of our favorite characters. setting them up for the next big chapter. Stay tune for announcements https://t.co/RsEC3B71a8
— BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS (@BRIANMBENDIS) November 9, 2017
I gotta be honest: thinking of Bendis saying goodbye to characters like Miles and such is going to be quite sad. I had the privilege of spending an entire afternoon with the man once when he did a signing here in his hometown of Cleveland. The one thing I took away from those hours we spent together-this man loves Marvel Comics more than almost anyone. While excited to see him flex his muscles on new stories with characters he hasn't tackled yet, a small part of me will die when someone else takes over on Spider-Man.
You can bet that the final goodbyes of Bendis to his Marvel favorites will be big deals. A-list artists, longer stories. It will be the end of an era. I am both looking forward to and dreading getting there.