Comic Book Resources has announced, at the end of a lengthy interview with Avengers mastermind Brian Michael Bendis, that he will end his tenure with the franchise in 2012:
"I'm going to wrap up 'Avengers' and 'New Avengers.' At the same time the first storyline of 'Avengers Assemble' will be done," Bendis told CBR. "It's a good time to move on to other things. Before I go, though, I'm ending things big. I'm in countdown mode. You know when you're watching a show like 'Breaking Bad,' and every episode feels like the second to last episode? That's where I'm at. I've been on the Avengers longer than anybody in the history of the book. When you take everything into account, I've written over 200 issues. I'm very, very proud of that, and what we have coming up this summer gives me the opportunity to go out on a high note. I know enough about showbiz to know that's a great time to go."
I have been a huge fan on Bendis' work on Avengers since the team was first disassembled, and his influence appears throughout Avengers and Philosophy. I hope to have more to say on his epic run in future posts.
Thank you, Mr. Bendis, for a groundbreaking run.