I’ve been a fan of comics for nearly all of my life. There’s a few things you can always be sure of, like; Superman is the measuring stick, Batman is easily one of (if not the) most popular, and for this article’s (shorter) sake, BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS would be writing for Marvel— eh, heh, not anymore for the latter of the three.
In one of the most shocking morning tweets ever, DC Comics announced,
I’m going to be bluntly honest here, and point out the fact that Marvel has been taking body shot after body shot as of later. Ever since May of 2016, when they turned the most American symbol they have — CAPTAIN AMERICA — into a Nazi, while DC Comics gave its base a bit of a REBIRTH– heh, see what I did there? But I digress.
There’s been an overall shift. As reported back in March (2017) by Rich Johnson over at Bleeding Cool,
Marvel was the top comics publisher by the amount of money spent ordering their product by the direct market… more stores ordered DC Comics titles. The differences explained by most Marvel Comics costing $3.99 or $4.99, while most DC Comics cost $2.99 or $3.99.
This has been the gist ever since ground zero.
Stories out of Marvel have been lack luster, and in general, aimless as there’s no direction of what they want to accomplish or where they want to go as a company. Sure, some books are solid, but the overall hasn’t been good and fans have not been afraid to say so.
As I said, the last thing I expected to wake up to this morning was to see one of the longest time writers at Marvel jumping ship and coming to the “other company.” It’s flabbergasting, almost surreal as it opens hundreds of doors for an endless amount of stories to come out of Bendis.
I’ll make a prediction now, and that being that I’d put money (if I were a betting man) on his first title being JUSTICE LEAGUE come 2018-19.
As a fan of comics, and especially DC Comics, you just have to sit back and take in this twists and changing of “fortune” as normally before REBIRTH it seemed that this would’ve went the opposite way with Marvel picking up someone huge from DC Comics to an exclusive contract. The only way I can express what it looks like happened is by saying… DC Comics metaphorically threw Marvel into a body bag, and I’m sure this won’t be the last time.