COMICS: Brian Michael Bendis Is Taking Over The X-MEN Comic Books

COMICS: Brian Michael Bendis Is Taking Over The X-MEN Comic Books

Avengers vs X-Men is Brian Michael Bendis' swan-song on his Avengers run. What's next for Marvel's golden boy? Apparently it's everyone's favorite mutant family.

After Avengers vs. X-Men is over, Bendis has teased on several occasions that he's moving on to something big! Well Bleeding Cool reports that BMB will be the new steward of the X-Men franchise. Reports BC, " Brian Bendis will be the writer of the X-Men titles, in the same way that he writes Avengers and New Avengers now."

As a comic book fan, this news excites me as I've admired Bendis' writing for quite some time, as he injects some much needed intellectualism into the comic books he writes; however as a long-time DC reader, I never felt there was a good jumping in point to pick-up some of the Marvel titles.

If this proves to be true, and Bleeding Cool is right about 99.9% of the time, then this just might be the opening myself and those who don't want 30 pgs of fight scenes, to start picking up the X-books.

Brian Michael Bendis

Brian Michael Bendis (born August 18, 1967) is an American comic book writer and former artist. He has won critical acclaim (including five Eisner Awards) for his self-published, Image Comics and Marvel Comics work, and is one of the most successful writers working in mainstream comics, with his books selling consistently highly for over a decade.

Starting out with crime and noir comics, Bendis eventually moved to mainstream superhero work. With Bill Jemas and Mark Millar, Bendis was the primary architect of the Ultimate Marvel Universe, launching Ultimate Spider-Man in 2001, on which he continues as writer to the present day. He relaunched the Avengers franchise with New Avengers in 2004, and has also written the Marvel "event" storylines "House Of M", "Secret War", 2008's "Secret Invasion" and 2009's "Siege".

Though Bendis has cited comic book writers such as Frank Miller and Alan Moore, his own writing influences are less rooted in comics, drawing considerably on the work of David Mamet, Richard Price, and Aaron Sorkin, whose dialogue Bendis feels are "the best in any medium."

In addition to writing comics, he has also worked in television, video games and film, and teaches writing at Portland State University.

The X-Men are a superhero team in the Marvel Comics Universe. They were created by writer Stan Lee and artist Jack Kirby, and first appeared in The X-Men #1 (September 1963). The basic concept of the X-Men is that under a cloud of increasing anti-mutant sentiment, Professor Xavier created a haven at his Westchester mansion to train young mutants to use their powers for the benefit of humanity, and to prove mutants can be heroes. Xavier recruited Cyclops, Iceman, Angel, Beast, and Marvel Girl, calling them "X-Men" because they possess special powers due to their possession of the "X-gene," a gene which normal humans lack and which gives mutants their abilities. Early on, however, the "X" in X-Men stood for "extra" power which normal humans lacked. It was also alluded to that mutations occurred as a result of radiation exposure [which has since been retconned].

The first issue also introduced the team's archenemy, Magneto, who would continue to battle the X-Men for decades throughout the comic's history, both on his own and with his Brotherhood of Mutants (introduced in issue #4). The X-Men universe also includes such notable heroes as Wolverine, Storm, Colossus, Nightcrawler, Shadowcat, Rogue, Psylocke, Gambit and Emma Frost. Besides the Brotherhood of Mutants, other villains that the X-Men have fought include the Sentinels, Apocalypse, Mister Sinister, and the Hellfire Club.

The X-Men comics have been adapted into other media, including animated television series, video games, and a commercially successful series of films.

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Mark Julian
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Filed Under "Comics" 2/24/2012 Source: Bleeding Cool
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TonyChu - 2/24/2012, 12:06 PM
Noooooooo!!! Give it to Rick Remender. His run on X-Force is clearly award winning.
marvel72 - 2/24/2012, 12:09 PM
^ i agree,uncanny x-force is the best comic book i'm currently reading.
JoshWilding - 2/24/2012, 12:11 PM
I hope not. His Avengers work has been very hit and miss (more miss than hit) and the likes of Jason Aaron and Kieron Gillen should not be replaced for this guy to write issue after issue of talking heads.
TonyChu - 2/24/2012, 12:19 PM
@marvel72 I agree. Try reading Mark Wakes Daredevil, X-Sanction, and Ultimate Spidet those are good as well.
DarthTesla - 2/24/2012, 12:34 PM
This is awesome news. BMB is one of the best.
imnotwearinghockeypants - 2/24/2012, 12:35 PM
Keep X-Men away from space, aliens and other superheroes. Pretty much do the opposite of what Whedon would do. That dipshit.
marvel72 - 2/24/2012, 12:39 PM
@ tonychu

i've got daredevil trade on order,still waiting for x-sanction to become available & sorry i can't stand the ultimate universe.
alexi52 - 2/24/2012, 12:43 PM
just keep him away from wolverine and the x-men , uncanny x-force ,and x-factor
SotNatt - 2/24/2012, 12:46 PM
Wha? But why? I'll be the first to admit tat I've enjoyed a lot of Bendis's misses, but no... I-I don't want this.
Zell9 - 2/24/2012, 12:47 PM
@alexi52 Agreed if he does the cyclops side of the mutant line then I'm ok with it. but bendis' run on avengers has been up and down. Definitely needed more quips between spider-man and ironman. And been nothing more than ties into whatever cross events have been going on within the past 10 years.
alexi52 - 2/24/2012, 12:50 PM
since he's leaving the avengers i say put mark waid on avengers and greg pak on new avengers
MassExecutions - 2/24/2012, 12:51 PM
Is this because The Avengers film is coming out and they need the comics to be good again?
valeriesghost - 2/24/2012, 1:08 PM
Love Bendis. met him once at the Emerald City Comic Con. he's really short and kinda scary in person
Ceejay - 2/24/2012, 1:17 PM
Before he sold his soul to marvel, Bendis wrote pure gold with his own titles.
once he signed up to do spandex based crap he's been in steady decline.
He needs to leave fanboy material and go back to writing real quality

There's only so much you can do with costumed clowns and most of it involes contriving repeat fights with the same villains again' and again, and again.... simpleton stuff!
tazmaniak - 2/24/2012, 1:21 PM
Damn, Ceejay, that's a lot of hate for superheroes on a site that's mostly dedicated to superheroes.
OdinsBeard - 2/24/2012, 1:39 PM
Great! Bendis is a great story teller.. A lot of times i didnt like his single issues but i really look back favorably on the stuff he did. Dissasembled and Siege are some of my all time favorites.
SpideyQuad - 2/24/2012, 1:45 PM
Oh my God, the avengers has been terrible, for me anyway, since he ran “avengers-disassemble”.

I hated that, I hated everything that came out of it. And I've hated everything he's done since then, as far as the avengers go.

It's too bad he has to go and ruin another fine franchise. Good luck X-Men fans trudging through his childish dialect balloons. 1st thing off he'll kill everyone you like. And blame it on an icon character basically ruining them. God, I would punch him in the face if I could. Honestly the guy writes depression. Just look at what he did to the Sentry.

I'm getting more upset the more I write so I better quit while I'm ahead. In closing hallelujah avenger fans, X-Men fans you have my sympathy.
SpideyQuad - 2/24/2012, 1:55 PM
Where are you Kirk Busiek and George Perez?!

The best damn run ever in a comic was there “heroes return” avengers. I wish it never had to end
SotNatt - 2/24/2012, 2:09 PM

See? That's what I'm talking about.

I liked Siege. I know a great deal of people who didn't care for his particular writing expertise but, on that series, I did.
ScarletVendetta - 2/24/2012, 2:11 PM
And this is the day i quit reading the x-men, why bother? Nothing good comes form the like of bendis...

Man, i hate his guts!
CorndogBurglar - 2/24/2012, 2:19 PM
Goddamn it, no!

I'm so tired of Bendis. So now we get to see the x-men sit around and have "witty" dialogue with each other...

I don't know what point he started sucking, because Secret War was absolutely brilliant, and amazing. Very well written. But now, its like he writes all of his characters are smartasses like Spider-Man.

If he wants to write Spidey so bad then give him all 100 of the Spidey books, but goddamn it, not every character should sound like that.

Screw Bendis.
CorndogBurglar - 2/24/2012, 2:21 PM
@ EmpressSkeith

Siege felt like half a story. The build-up was great, but the actual Siege 7 issue series was terrible. You didn't get the whole story, and then Sentry turns into the big bad Void, and just floats in the air and lets everyone attack him and kill him without even TRYING to raise a finger to stop it.

Thats what we were waiting for? come on now...
neonhero - 2/24/2012, 2:22 PM
I honestly didn't know there was such Bendis hate out there. I thought there was a lot in Avengers to like, and I loved his run on Daredevil, so I'll keep a wait-and-see attitude, even though to me the X-Men are sacred.
SotNatt - 2/24/2012, 2:40 PM

Yeeaahhh that did happen... :(

It wasn't the best lead-in to Heroic Age, and Bendis's work on The New Avengers had been a bit shotty for me.
JustDame - 2/24/2012, 2:41 PM
Cool. Avengers nor New Avengers have been close to one of my favorite titles but they're still on my pull list. Ultimate Comics Spider-Man, though, is one of my favorite books right now and I'm looking forward to see what Bendis will do with the X-Men. I hope he can make it feel different than his Avengers books.
manymade1 - 2/24/2012, 2:51 PM
I don't know if I'm the only one not happy about this. Please just let him stay away from Uncanny X-Force and Wolverine and the X-Men.
manymade1 - 2/24/2012, 2:53 PM
@ neonhero Early Bendis was very enjoyable(Spider-Man, Daredevil, Avengers) but everything post Civil War has just been awful.
nuclearpriest - 2/24/2012, 3:57 PM
I haven't read any of the X titles lately because they're so convoluted and all over the place but I read everything that Bendis writes so I will have to start reading them again. Just want to warn all the hard core X fans, expect quite a few deaths because Bendis loves to kill. Also, I hope Mark Waid gets the Avengers titles.
TonyChu - 2/24/2012, 4:13 PM
The Xmen titles have clearly been the best series coming out of Marvel as of late, just like the Batman books are the best at DC. Why would they mess up the formula? Thats like DC giving away Snyder's Batman series to [frick]ing Rob Lifeld.
FlixMentallo21 - 2/24/2012, 4:18 PM
Gentlemen, and I do use the term loosely.....hold your horses. When a different creator takes over a different "family" of books, they're bound to bring something different along with them. You've already seen his street-level hero stuff, you've seen what he's done with the Avengers books, now sit back and wait to see what he does with the X-section.
ScarletVendetta - 2/25/2012, 5:21 AM
Yes the plan of makin every signle character talk like a jewish teenager...

I knew AvX wouldn't bring anything good. Bendis it's like an STD, if you're gonna have contacts with him at least protect yourself or he will infect your comics...

Hopefully X-force will be left alone since it will have no tie in to AvX.

If anything i hope at least he'll land on cyke's side, which kind of sucks already and leave Wolverine's side to the rightful writer
Ceejay - 2/25/2012, 5:34 AM
@tazmaniak - No offence but the site is called "" Not "".

The Superhero dominance of comics exists only in AMERICA! Every other country in the world treats the medium with the respect and variety the level it deserves. IN the USA you have one format and one type that sums up your entire comic understanding. Everywhere else we have varying formats, sizes and genres to our comics, we don't really get hot for lots of men in tights with muscles!
superotherside - 2/25/2012, 8:29 AM
NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! Heh, the X-books can't get much worse though... :P

I can't wait for him to stop writing Avengers though. Hickman needs to write it. He has done an FANTASTIC job with the Fantastic Four! :)
SpideyQuad - 2/25/2012, 8:56 AM
Go frag yourself CeeJay, what do you think you are, something special? Some kind of royalty? Go watch some "Bollywood" trash and spare us your stupidity!
SpideyQuad - 2/25/2012, 9:05 AM
Honestly between Bendis, and the crappy art (ASM as example) I had gotten so disgusted I quit reading new comics altogether. To me the damage is already done.

Oh well, I have the past...

... and my Mark Gruenwaid memoreies
SCURVYDOG619 - 2/25/2012, 9:35 AM
I notice Bendis is already getting bombarded with hate on his Twitter If it were up to me I'd have Remender and Hickman doing the X-books exclusively.Funny they haven't mentioned an artist yet...
jonesy20 - 6/5/2012, 3:46 PM
Bendis is like the Tarantino of comic books. He thinks everyone enjoys reading interminable monologues and smart A@% quips. I used to like it, now I skip entire pages Powers and Alias before I fall asleep from boredom

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