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Bendis reveals new projects, plot points in weekend Twitter-thon

Siege #1 by Brian Michael Bendis and Olivier Coipel

Siege #1 by Brian Michael Bendis and Olivier Coipel

Very busy writer Brian Michael Bendis became an even busier writer this weekend. With little fanfare — it “happened by accident” — Bendis spent over an hour on Saturday answering reader questions via his Twitter account.

The 125-message micro-interview cost him some followers, irritated Warren Ellis (not really), and was eventually cut off by Twitter, but by the time all was said and done some interesting info had hit the Internet courtesy of his tweets.

First up, Bendis spilled the beans on a trio of upcoming projects with familiar collaborators:

* Bendis and his Daredevil: Wake Up partner David Mack will reunite for a new Hornhead project, Daredevil: End of Days, next summer. The project was first announced in February 2007, with Bendis and Mack as co-writers and art from Alex Maleev, Bill Sienkewicz, and Klaus Janson. (Daredevil will also appear in New Avengers #60.)

* “If the stars allow,” Bendis and artist Michael Gaydos will reunite for a new Alias miniseries next year. It could be a MAX series “if the content needs it.

* Look for a creator-owned crime project from Bendis and his Daredevil and Spider-Woman collaborator Alex Maleev next summer.

But what about Bendis’s existing series — New Avengers, Dark Avengers, Spider-Woman, Ultimate Comics Spider-Man, the soon-to-return Powers, and the upcoming Siege? Here are the highlights of Bendis’s tweets on these titles — as well as some extra goodies…

* Look for an announcement about the post-Siege fate of Dark Avengers “very very soon”.

* Maya Lopez, aka Echo, aka the first Ronin, will be returning in the pages of Spider-Woman.

* After the conclusion of “Dark Reign” and Siege, Bendis’s focus will be on “mini title events” per the wishes of Joe Quesada.

* The story of Hawkeye’s imprisonment by Norman Osborn will be told in New Avengers Annual #3.

* As they are occupied with the events of “Fall of the Hulk” and “Nation X,” neither the Hulk (nor the Hulk family of characters, presumably) nor the X-Men will be directly involved in Siege.

* The long-running saga of the Hood, the superpowered crimelord, Cabal member, and antagonist of the New Avengers first powered by Dormammu and now by Loki, will be ending “sooner than you think.”

* The secrets of how the Sentry survived the events of Dark Avengers #9 and what he did after being sent to outer space by Cyclops in the Dark Avengers/Uncanny X-Men crossover will be revealed in January’s Dark Avengers #13.

* The Shroud, the red-cloaked vigilante now making waves in Ultimate Comics Spider-Man, is a new character rather than an established hero or villain–he’s not the Ultimate Hood.

* You knew it would have to happen eventually: There will be “a proper showdown” between Spider-Man and Norman Osborn.

* Look for both the Secret Warriors and Ares to be involved in Siege in a big way. Will Marvel Boy play a big role in the event? “Kind of.”

* Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #11 will reveal the future of the Daily Bugle and J. Jonah Jameson, while Ultimate Rick Jones will pop up in Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #7.

* Brother Voodoo’s ascension to the role of Sorcerer Supreme was Bendis’s idea, but was ratified by a vote.

* Siege will result in “the biggest change in over a decade” for the Avengers and their team line-up. Two things that won’t change, however, are the team’s writer and its artist, Stuart Immonen, both of whom are with New Avengers for the long haul.

* He might have to get in line behind Ethan Van Sciver, but Bendis says his dream DC project would be a “gritty noir” Plastic Man series.

* Not sure how this ends well for Dark Wolverine, but there’s a Daken/Thor showdown on the way in Siege.

* Bendis and Michael Avon Oeming have “at least a year” of Powers set for a regular monthly schedule upon the series’ relaunch.

* Cosmic-level Avengers stories are on the way next year.

* Ultimate Doctor Doom will be rearing his metal head once again in January’s Ultimate Enemy miniseries.

* Plans for Namor and the Atlanteans are in place for next year.

* The “jury is still out” on whether there will be any more motion comic episodes of Spider-Woman.

But Bendis wasn’t all answers–he punted on questions regarding the current and future status of Carnage, the Scarlet Witch, and Molecule Man, which unexpected post-Siege Avengers characters he’d be writing, and whether he’d be writing Marvelman anytime soon.

One extra, very different announcement popped up on Sunday: Bendis is now a professor at Portland State University, with “class details and explanations” coming sometime today. With all of the above on his plate, where will he find the time?



Interesting. What irritated Ellis though?

Ultimate Doctor Doom.
I liked how Ellis originally had him mixed with Annihilus. I dug how he was made of metal and had the reverse bending legs. Even though Greg Land ruined it by not wanting to draw them that way when he did his run.
This was never explained either.

Also how can you bring Doom back? The thing crushed his head into a fountain of blood in Ultimatum.

Sean T. Collins

November 9, 2009 at 9:27 am

When you tweet a lot in a row, it crowds out tweets from other people, and that bugs some folks. I was kind of being tongue in cheek, though, as was Ellis I assume–I don’t think he was *really* irritated, just joking about it.

Someone should’ve asked him what Clint Barton saw behind that freaking door in New Avengers 26!!!

Many of my friends go to Portland State University! I might have to hit them up.

“Interesting. What irritated Ellis though?”

It didn’t. Your “reporter” apparently only reads the Twitter posts he wants to, rather than the posts that I actually wrote.

Wow, I really want to know more about the UofP stuff! I’m looking for colleges right now, and that could definitely influence my decision!

Sean T. Collins

November 9, 2009 at 1:16 pm

Warren: Like I said, it was a tongue-in-cheek characterization, not unlike your own characterization of it being Bendis night “on the twittarz.” Hey, sneer quotes are fun!

It wouldn’t hurt to actually fix the comment in your original blog post for Joe Passerby who doesn’t read into the comments. Especially since, based on your 3-hours prior comment, you caught the confusion hours prior to Ellis posting here.

Sean T. Collins

November 9, 2009 at 2:04 pm

“Fixed” for the “facetiousness-challenged.”

I’m very excited about Siege, more so for the fate of DA and NA.

Only Warren Ellis can be snarky on the tubes, Sean. You didn’t know?

Um, Matt, UofP is the University of Portland, a Catholic private school, not Portland State University.

Matthew Stockfarleysolomonburger

November 9, 2009 at 4:28 pm

Yeah, yeah Echo in Spider-Woman. Been promised for well over a year now. And I”m sure the original project with Maleev will suffer from the same schizophrenic artwork thats plauged him his entire career.

“Ultimate Doctor Doom.
I liked how Ellis originally had him mixed with Annihilus. I dug how he was made of metal and had the reverse bending legs. Even though Greg Land ruined it by not wanting to draw them that way when he did his run.

This was never explained either.”

I think it was simply because you can’t really find a lot of photo reference to swipe from for such a figure, considering how it was Land ; )

Ultimate Dr.Doom had a healing factor duh when they first showed him in ultimate fantastic four #7 the tiny robot stabbed his hand and he felt no pain, oh and read #12

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