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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