The comics industry was rocked earlier this week with news that Marvel Comics writer stalwart Brian Michael Bendis was moving to DC Comics exclusively.
Accolades and surprise washed across social media over the news from comics professionals.
Big names we expected to hear from, and we did hear from, included the following:
- Marvel who corporately thanked BMB for his work;
- DC Comics Chief Creative Officer and President Geoff Johns who was giddy about the news;
- Marvel Chief Creative Officer and former EIC Joe Quesada had hearty thanks for BMB;
- DC Comics Co-Publisher Dan DiDio was excited to work with Bendis;
- Marvel writing stalwart Dan Slott also paid his respect to his departing peer;
- DC Comics Co-Publisher Jim Lee thought the Bendis was cool; and
- Marvel Senior Vice President Tom Brevoort humorously responded to the news.
The last man standing was Marvel’s current EIC Axel Alonso who explained that he had a “busy week” and couldn’t respond until a few days after the BMB to DC news broke. Perhaps Alonso is miffed about Bendis’ Marvel Legacy plans now going unfulfilled?
Alonso’s response was an offer of “luck” to Bendis about joining DC.
Busy week. I’d like to wish @BRIANMBENDIS luck on his new adventure with my old friends at DC Comics.
Just not too much luck.
A sparse and stale good-bye from the EIC despite Bendis enormous contribution to Marvel over 17 years.
So, the Marvel EIC finally spoke out, but would continued silence have been better that THAT tweet?
Tags: Axel Alonso, Brian Michael Bendis, DC Comics, Legacy, Rebirth