Yesterday, via Twitter, DC Comics announced that longtime (17 years!) Marvel writer, Brian Michael Bendis has signed an exclusive contract and will be working for them.
Bendis later confirmed with this.
I am a huge fan of Bendis’ run on Ultimate Spider-Man with Mark Bagley and am looking forward to see what he does. So far, nothing has been announced in the way of what he will be doing for DC. Of course, I have no inside information on what Bendis could be writing for DC. Therefore, I am listing 5 projects I would like to see Bendis do at DC. I’m aware that this isn’t the only website doing this right now, but here are my picks.
5. Plastic Man
While not as high-profile as some of the other entries on this list, I think it would be interesting to see what Bendis could do with Plastic Man. During his tenure on Spider-Man, Bendis showed how he can write a fun character. That is a necessity for a book starring the malleable hero. Plus, a character that doesn’t have a supporting cast or rogues gallery that is set in stone could be a blank slate for Bendis to create. Since there was talk of Ethan Van Sciver doing a title starring Plas a few years ago, I say team them up together on this book.
Bendis has long maintained a number of creator owned projects, and you have to assume he is still interested in concepts that he has created. I’m thinking of a new concept along the lines of Jinx or Torso that could fit in under the roof of Vertigo. Even though he seems to only be interested in working with Scott Snyder right now, I would suggest Greg Capullo as the artist.
It seems unlikely that if Bendis is jumping ship to DC for a multi-year deal that he won’t cross paths with the Dark Knight eventually. Dan Didio has stated before that he uses the appeal of Batman to bring in new talent. Perhaps that’s what he did here. Bendis’ long run on Daredevil surely shows that he is up to the task of taking on DC’s premier vigilante. Frank Miller spoke in an interview about his time on Daredevil, that occasionally, Marvel would shoot down an idea because that was a “Batman story.” Surely someone who worked on Daredevil as long as Bendis has many Batman stories to tell. Perhaps we would also get some new, memorable villains from him. Since I have suggested him previously on here, I would choose Howard Porter as the artist for this hypothetical title.
2. Justice League
After his lengthy run on Avengers for Marvel, it’s a no-brainer that Bendis will tackle the Justice League at some point. It also makes sense that DC would want him on a high-profile book when he comes over. At DC, it doesn’t get much more high profile than the JLA, especially with the new movie coming out. For the artist on the book I would select Stjepan Sejic. With the amazing art he is currently producing on Aquaman, it would be a waste if DC didn’t move him up to bigger projects over time.
1. Booster Gold
Yeah, I said it, Booster Gold. Look at what former Marvel-writer-turned-DC Geoff Johns did when he got ahold of the character. This could be fun, fast-paced book that explores the entire DC Universe. Allowing Bendis to play with loads of characters he may not be able to otherwise in a solo character title. Sort of a time-travelling take on his Ultimate Spider-Man run where Peter teamed up with other heroes on a regular basis. Speaking of Ultimate Spider-Man, I would choose longtime collaborator, Mark Bagley to helm this with Bendis. After DC’s mishandling of Bagley during his time at the company, he is deserved a do-over. Working again with Bendis on a lighthearted adventure book would be a good way to go.
As I said above, I have no idea what Brian Michael Bendis will be working on for DC Comics. Hopefully, he will be a good fit for the company and be allowed to create. Given the right circumstances, there’s no reason he couldn’t stay at DC for the next 17 years.