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Megastar Comic Book Writer Brian Michael Bendis Leaves Marvel for DC Comics

”We are beyond thrilled to welcome Brian Michael Bendis exclusively to the DC family with a multiyear, multi-faceted deal,“ DC’s statement reads

17 year Marvel Comics veteran Brian Michael Bendis shocked comic book fans on Tuesday morning when DC Entertainment announced an exclusive new multiyear deal with megastar writer.

“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 confirmed the news on his twitter account and added: “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!”

Bendis began working at Marvel Comics with a reimagining of Peter Parker’s origin in “Ultimate Spider-Man” and went on to revitalize both the “Avengers” and “X-Men” properties. Bendis is also credited with creating some of Marvel’s most popular characters including Miles Morales and Jessica Jones.

Four years into his Marvel tenure, Bendis moved his super hero police procedural comic series “Powers” from Image Comics over to Marvel’s creator-owned imprint Icon. It’s not known whether Icon will continue to publish “Powers.”

On the movie side, Bendis was part of the Marvel Creative Committee up until 2015, having started by writing the Nick Fury post-credit scene in the first “Iron Man” film.

Marvel responded to the news with a statement given to Comicbook.com

“Brian is a great partner and has contributed incredible stories and characters to the Marvel Universe over the years. We appreciate his creativity and professionalism, and we wish him the best on his future projects.”